Danish Parker project developing universal definition for EV integration with electric grid for V2G services

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Nissan, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, PSA Groupe, NUVVE, Frederiksberg Forsyning, Enel, Insero and DTU (Technical University of Denmark) Electrical Engineering (PowerLabDK) are partnering in the Danish project Parker to develop a universal definition for grid integration for electric vehicles. Furthermore, the project will produce a Grid Integrated Vehicle (GIV) certificate that demonstrates the ability of electric vehicles to support such parameters.

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Volkswagen launches new research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory & University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Volkswagen Group of America’s Innovation Hub Knoxville, the company’s technology unit for applied materials science, has expanded its research collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT).

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Study finds twin demand peak for residential time-of-use EV charging; implications for grid operators

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A researcher at the University of San Diego has used energy meter-level data from the San Diego region to analyze the energy load profiles of residential customers under the time-of-use (TOU) rate with and without EV charging requirements. Unlike previous forecasts on the effects of EV charging loads, the energy load profile of TOU customers with EVs shows a “twin demand peak” where there is a peak demand during the evening hours and another at midnight.

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Honda joins vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration project in partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

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Honda has joined a demonstration project for experimental vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology aimed at providing a potentially valuable energy storage resource to the electrical grid while providing for more cost-effective ownership of plug-in electric vehicles. The Honda technology builds off of the research conducted by the University of Delaware and now supported by NRG Energy, Inc. What grid markets are suitable or not suitable for battery life?

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V2G company Nuvve participating in California’s wholesale energy markets to help balance the grid

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Nuvve Corporation, a San Diego-based vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology company, is participating in a program to deliver resource adequacy to local utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and California’s electrical grid using a large stationary battery located on the University of California San Diego’s (UC San Diego’s) campus microgrid. Nuvve offers AC and DC charging station options which are preconfigured to work with NUVVE’s Grid Integrated Platform (GIVe).

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NSF awards UCSD team $39M to improve integration of distributed energy resources into grid; EV batteries also

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $39 million to a team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) to build a first-of-its-kind testbed—DERConnect—to improve the understanding of how to integrate distributed energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, smart buildings and electric vehicle batteries into the power grid. We will be replicating the entire California power grid on one campus.

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EVgo launches grid-tied public fast charging system with second-life batteries

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EVgo, America’s largest public fast-charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), has launched a commercial installation of second-life battery storage at a public DC fast charging station. Following a pilot program at University of California San Diego (UCSD), this second-life battery system has been unveiled at an operational EVgo fast charging station located in Union City, CA at 3960 Smith Street. high power electric vehicle charging (50kW+).

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Volkswagen outlines coming changes to charging for its EVs

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Charging and energy are becoming a core business for Volkswagen; the company is building a universal and seamless eco-system for charging its electric models. models and soon also with the technology of bidirectional charging. Charging at home.

Researchers developing DC micro smart grid for charging EV fleets; Li-ion, redox flow batteries and renewables

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A team from Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, together with Daimler AG and the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart, is developing both the charging infrastructure and the energy management systems required to manage large fleets of EVs in a project called charge@work. EV charging at IZS. Charging an electric vehicle fleet poses high requirements on the energy system.

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EPRI, 8 automakers and 15 utilities to create an open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles

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The Electric Power Research Institute, 8 automakers and 15 utilities are working to develop and to demonstrate an open platform that would integrate plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with smart grid technologies enabling utilities to support PEV charging regardless of location. The open platform will simplify and streamline V2G (vehicle-to-grid) communications, enabling PEVs to provide grid services and increasing the overall value proposition of plug-in vehicles.

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US and Japan collaborating on smart grid project in Hawaii; EV operation and charging, including grid-balancing services

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have been selected as contractors for a joint US-Japan collaboration supporting a Smart Grid project on the Hawaiian island of Maui. the University of Hawaii, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, whose involvement is based on the Japan-US Clean Energy Technologies Action Plan, agreed to following the Japan-US heads of state summit held in November 2009. Part of the demonstration plan includes utilization of the EVs for grid-balancing services ( earlier post ).

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Tesla donates $3.1M of $6M grant to Jeff Dahn’s Dalhousie University battery team

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A team of battery researchers at Canada’s Dalhousie University are the recipients of a $6 million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). million to help develop advanced batteries from electric cars and grid energy storage.

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UC Riverside opening Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative; integration of solar energy, battery storage and electric and hybrid vehicles

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Schematic of the “New Grid Testbed” components, including renewable energy generation, energy storage, smart distribution and electric transportation Click to enlarge. The University of California, Riverside is opening its Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative to research the integration of: intermittent renewable energy, such as photovoltaic solar panels; energy storage, such as batteries; and all types of electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

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Tesla car batteries are being used in a study on how EVs could help power the grid

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To conduct the study, the University of Queensland has partnered with EV data analytics platform Teslascope , which currently tracks the developments in the electric vehicle maker’s software and features.

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Hawaii study finds vehicle-to-grid discharge detrimental to EV batteries

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Results of a study by a team at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, SOEST, University of Hawaii at Manoa, suggest that the additional cycling to discharge vehicle batteries to the power grid in a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) scenario, even at constant power, is detrimental to EV battery cell performance. This bidirectional charging is known as Grid-to-vehicle (G2V) and Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) respectively. … Batteries Smart charging V2X

2017 190

DOE awards more than $7M for efforts to protect electric grid from cyber attacks on EVs and chargers

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $7 million in funding for Michigan-based cybersecurity company The Dream Team LLC (DTLLC) to develop a first-of-its-kind infrastructure that protects the electric grid from cyber-attacks on electric vehicles (EV) and electric vehicle charging systems. Once developed, testing of the electric roadways and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology will be conducted at the world-renowned American Center for Mobility (ACM).

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WMG researchers convert used EV batteries into small off-grid ESS units

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Researchers at WMG, University of Warwick, have repurposed end-of-life electric vehicle batteries as small energy storage systems (ESS) for off-grid locations in developing countries or isolated communities. These challenges include: How to protect the lithium-ion cells from over-charge and discharge. Multiple 12V DC sockets and 5V USB charge ports. The ability to have the 2nd–life module charged via reclaimed laptop chargers.

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Hydrogen Battery "Sponges" Store Solar for the Grid

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Operators can use the systems to store energy from solar panels and deliver power to the grid during cloudy days or at night. The initiative comes as the global electricity sector is clamoring for grid-storage solutions. reduce pressure and add stability to the grid,” Yu said.

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Royal Academy of Engineering Report Says EV Success Depends on Low-Carbon Electricity, Universal Broadband Provision and Smart Grids

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The introduction of electric vehicles on a large scale in the UK can only have a beneficial effect on CO 2 emissions if low-carbon electricity, universal broadband provision and smart grids are in place to support the transition, according to a new report published by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. EVs and PHEVs can only be as ‘green’ as the electricity used to charge their batteries. Electric Vehicles: charged with potential”. Dr Chris Brace, Bath University.

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SAE International publishes new J2954 wireless charging standard

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SAE International has published the first global standard that specifies, in a single document, both the electric vehicle and supply equipment (EVSE) ground-system requirements for wireless charging of electric vehicles (EV). 11-kW Universal Ground Assembly.

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ORNL licenses high-power wireless vehicle charging technology to HEVO

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The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has licensed its high-power wireless charging technology for electric vehicles to HEVO. Together, we are developing the fastest and most universal wireless charging platform in the world.

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NREL releases interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid applications

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a technical report that provides an interim test plan for evaluating vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications. The test plan is designed to test and evaluate the plug-in vehicle’s capability to provide power to the grid, and to evaluate the vehicle’s ability to connect and disconnect from the utility according to a subset of the IEEE Std. Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid V2G

2011 192

EPRI, CALSTART awarded $13M to develop high-power freight-charging corridor network in California; RHETTA

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded $13 million to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and CALSTART to jump start California’s high-power charging infrastructure for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The two organizations will lead a first-of-its-kind collaboration to launch the country’s first zero-emission, freight-charging corridor network. The high-power charging support extending the range of electric trucks and increase their market penetration.

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GM and OnStar sign on as official Pecan Street partners; studying EV services and smart grid interaction

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s smart grid research project in Austin’s Mueller community, the Pecan Street Demonstration. Headquartered at The University of Texas at Austin, Pecan Street Inc. Other partner companies such as Sony, Whirlpool, Oncor and Intel provided Mueller residents with forward-looking smart grid and clean energy products and services. We hope Pecan Street’s research will speed up the innovation cycle around smart grid and consumer electronic technology.

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Bidirectional Charging Management (BCM) research project gets green light; tying in renewables

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The newly launched Bidirectional Charging Management (BCM) research project is bringing together companies and institutions from the automotive, energy and scientific sectors to develop technology to interlink vehicles, charging infrastructure and power grids in a way that facilitates the widest possible use of renewable energy and at the same time increases power supply reliability. The bidirectional charging technology now being explored could lead to even greater benefits.

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Ideal Power Converters and NREL demonstrate vehicle-to-grid capabilities

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Energy Laboratory (NREL) has successfully demonstrated vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities using IPC’s bi-directional Battery Converter. battery and a 480Vac power grid. The Battery Converter is based on IPC’s patented indirect power converter topology and its Universal Power Converter Platform, which uses a standard hardware platform to address multiple markets with only embedded software modifications.

2012 283

Groupe PSA and partners launch GridMotion; reducing electric vehicle usage cost with smart charging

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Groupe PSA, Direct Energie, Enel, Nuvve, Proxiserve and the Technical University of Denmark have launched the GridMotion project with the aim of evaluating possible savings achieved by real-life electric vehicle (EV) users through the implementation of smart charging and discharging strategies for EVs. Even further savings could be achieved by providing grid balancing services through a Vehicle to Grid (V2G) system.

2017 150

ARPA-E awards $35M to 12 new projects to support medium-voltage devices for grid, industry and transportation

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The US Department of Energy announced $35 million in awards for 12 projects that find new ways to harness medium-voltage electricity for applications in industry, transportation, on the grid and beyond. The four Kilovolt Devices OPEN+ projects will focus on a variety of challenges facing power electronics in the medium-voltage space, with a particular eye toward grid security and reliability. GE Global Research, Inline Gas Discharge Tube Breaker for Meshed MVDC Grids – $4,350,686.

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Parker Project demonstrates cross-brand V2G in Denmark; more tests of grid services slated

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The Parker Project has used a fleet of four vehicles from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, PSA Groupe and Nissan to demonstrate that vehicles from different car brands can contribute to supporting the electricity grid with vehicle to grid (V2G) services. The aim of the Parker project is to validate that series-produced electric vehicles can support the power grid by becoming a vertically integrated resource both locally and system-wide.

2017 163

New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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Yi Cui has developed nanoparticle copper hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF) battery cathode materials that demonstrate long cycle life and high power for use in grid storage applications. Short-term transients, including those related to wind and solar sources, present challenges to the electrical grid. At a rate of several cycles per day, the new electrode could offer a good 30 years of useful life on the electrical grid, said Colin Wessells, lead author of the paper.

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Cal Energy Commission awards $1.5M to Berkeley to advance open-source advanced smart charging technology; OpenVBOSS

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The California Energy Commission is awarding the University of California, Berkeley $1.5 million to develop an advanced smart charging technology that maintains plug-in electric vehicle consumer needs while reducing charging loads, to achieve electricity grid benefits. The proposed project addresses the problem of access and signals/controls for local data streams in order to control electricity systems loads for grid management.

2016 150

DOE awards Eaton $4.9M to develop low-cost fast-charging solution; solid-state transformer, modular chargers

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million for a program to reduce the cost and complexity of deploying direct-current (DC) fast electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI). Under the three-year program, Eaton will develop and demonstrate a novel, compact and turnkey solution for DC fast-charging infrastructure that is anticipated to reduce costs by 65% through improvements in power conversion and grid interconnection technology, charger integration and modularity, and installation time.

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NREL: battery second use offsets EV expense, improves grid stability; recommendations

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are identifying battery second use (B2U) strategies capable of offsetting vehicle expenses while improving utility grid stability. The most promising application identified for second use batteries is to replace grid-connected combustion turbine peaker plants and provide peak-shaving services. Laboratories, Universities, Future Repurposers, and other Third Parties.

2015 280

CA Energy Commission awards CSE $1.5M for development of standards-based smart EV charging platform; first employment of ISO/IEC 15118

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million grant to the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to lead development of an advanced management platform for integrating electric vehicle (EV) charging with utility-scale energy systems. CSE will work closely with KnGrid , a leader in vehicle-grid communications, to create a standardized platform that optimizes charging benefits for both grid operators and vehicle owners. Next-Generation Grid Communication for Residential PEVs, $1,500,000.

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Study finds Dutch EV drivers would prefer not to participate in V2G with current charging times; opposite true with fast charging

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According to a new study by researchers from Delft University of Technology, in the context of current recharging time, Dutch EV drivers in general prefer not to participate in “vehicle-to-grid” (V2G) contracts, while the opposite is true in the context of fast recharging. The importance of that criterion drops significantly in the fast charging context.

Solar-powered family car from Eindhoven University of Technology covers 544 miles in Australia on a single charge

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Students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) covered a distance of 875 km (544 miles) last week without recharging in the solar?powered So that surplus energy could be delivered to the electricity grid. University teams from all over the world will be competing in a 3,000 km (1,62- mile) race through the Australian outback. powered family car which they have developed themselves. Earlier post.)

2013 199

SP Energy Networks seeking participants for major EV charging trial in UK

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UK distribution and transmission network operator SP Energy Networks (SPEN) is seeking participants to take part in a major trial of an innovative electric vehicle (EV) charging solution across Cheshire, Merseyside, North Shropshire, and North and Mid-Wales. The trial will evaluate the performance of smart charging connections, which can intelligently control the power consumption of EV chargepoints. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Smart charging

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DOE Awarding $620M for Smart Grid Demonstration and Energy Storage Projects

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The US Department of Energy is awarding $620 million for projects around the country to demonstrate advanced Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems. These 32 demonstration projects, which include large-scale energy storage, smart meters, distribution and transmission system monitoring devices, plug-in vehicles, and a range of other smart technologies, will act as models for deploying integrated Smart Grid systems on a broader scale. Tags: Batteries Smart Grid

2009 229

BMW Group and PG&E launching ChargeForward Phase 3 pilot; V2G testing

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ChargeForward is the first smart charging program to offer customers incentives for maximizing the integration of renewable energy while optimizing their EV charging. This advanced smart charging initiative is available to all BMW’s battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) drivers in Northern and Central California who are also PG&E residential, electric customers. Optimizing charging against renewable energy was the primary focus of the second phase.

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NETL investigating researching chemistries for large-scale battery- and supercapacitor-based grid energy storage systems

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The goal is to develop energy storage systems with high-energy density to meet the ever-demand for the electric grid to provide reliable, distributed power. This research is being performed through teamwork with local universities: the University of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia University, and the University of Maryland. High-energy density magnesium batteries for smart electrical grids.

2011 184

Univ. of Maryland team develops tin-film on wood fiber anode for Na-ion batteries; targeting grid storage

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a) Galvanostatic charge/discharge voltage profiles at a rate of C/10. (b) A team at the University of Maryland has demonstrated that a material consisting of a thin tin (Sn) film deposited on a hierarchical conductive wood fiber substrate is an effective anode for a sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery, and addresses some of the limitations of other Na-ion anodes such as capacity fade due to pulverization. The target application for Na-ion batteries, therefore, is grid-scale energy storage.

2013 179

CMU study finds controlled EV charging can reduce generation cost, but at greater health and environmental costs depending upon the generation mix

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In a study focused on the PJM portion of the US electricity grid, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) found that although charging electric vehicles at night (when electricity is cheap and wind power is typically more plentiful) could lower electricity costs, doing so also creates more air emissions, and that the health and environmental costs from these emissions outweigh the electricity cost savings. Electric vehicle charging may affect these trends.

2015 196

Kettering University researchers working on more efficient Level 2 charger for HELLA

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Researchers in Kettering University’s Advanced Power Electronics Lab (APEL) are working with HELLA on a more efficient Level-2 EV charger. Presently, level-2 EV chargers on the market have a three-stage design—converting AC grid voltage to 400 VDC; inverting this DC to high frequency AC to feed the transformer; and then rectifying AC to DC again to charge the battery.

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