Solar power charging research project gets underway

A joint solar charging research project funded by the Victorian Government, in partnership with Nissan, Delta Electronics and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), has commenced in Australia.

Run out of Nissan Australia’s national headquarters in Melbourne, the project will assess solar charging stations manufactured by Delta Electronics that include advanced technologies developed by the CSIRO, and will evaluate off-grid electric vehicle (EV) charging, using solar power and battery back-up in all conditions.

The aim is to confirm and enhance the environmental advantages and cost savings which come with owning an EV by maximising the use of renewable energies. Once the study is complete, Nissan says it will pave the way to have solar power chargers installed without requiring updates to grid connections, and in areas that don’t have access to grid power.

Delta Electronics developed the cabinets that combine a solar system with battery storage and EV charging, while the CSIRO focused on the module that integrates with solar and battery systems to help charge multiple vehicles quickly, regardless of the weather.

Important infrastructure for the research has been installed at Nissan including a 5kW solar system to power the two solar charging units plus two charging units connected to a 10kW solar system.

“We know we need to reduce emissions in the transport sector and one of the best ways we can do that is to support partnerships like this one,” said the Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Victorian Minister for energy, Environment & Climate Change.

“By encouraging electric vehicle take up, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and increase job opportunities in Victoria.
“This battery smart storage platform means electric vehicle drivers can travel more confidently and enjoy the drive.”

Nissan is performing the testing and evaluation of the project using multiple Nissan LEAF EVs.

At the conclusion of the solar power charging testing and evaluation period at Nissan Australia, Delta Electronics and the CSIRO will gather the data and hand down their findings and announce next steps mid next year.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (Nov 2019)

8 Nov 2019