Hitachi ABB Power Grids launches EV charging system for large-scale e-mobility: Grid-eMotion Fleet

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids has launched Grid-eMotion Fleet, a scalable, modular and fully customizable solution for large-scale EV charging of smart public and commercial transport. It requires a significantly shorter installation period compared to traditional installations.

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Jeep partnering with Electrify America to install chargers at select trailheads

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Jeep-branded EV charging stations will be installed at or near the trailheads of Jeep Badge of Honor off-road trails over the next year, allowing owners to take full-advantage of their electrified Jeep SUV. Jeep is partnering with Electrify America to create the Jeep 4xe Charging Network.

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Sumitomo Electric demoing ESS for power grid in California; US’ largest redox flow battery system

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Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), in cooperation with the State of California and public utility company San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), started the demonstration of the United States’ largest redox flow battery system in California. Following the start of the project in September 2015, a redox flow battery system (2 MW x 4 hours) was constructed for a power grid at a substation in San Diego.

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Mitsubishi Heavy to supply 500 kWh (normal) containerized Li-ion energy storage system to power grid of Orkney Islands

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MHI), jointly with SSE plc (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy plc), will begin an energy storage system demonstration project using the power grid in the UK’s Orkney Islands, which has a high proportion of renewable energy generation in relation to demand. In the project, Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe, Ltd. MPSE), the business base for MHI’s power system operations in Europe, and SSE Generation Ltd.,

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Shell, ITM Power to install 10MW electrolyzer for refinery hydrogen

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Shell, together with ITM Power, plans to install a 10MW electrolyzer to produce hydrogen at the Wesseling refinery site within the Rheinland Refinery Complex. Shell, through Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH, and Shell Energy Europe Ltd, with consortium partners ITM Power PLC, SINTEF, thinkstep and Element Energy, have been invited to the preparation of a grant agreement by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU), following a competitive call for proposals.

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Groupe Renault, Connected Energy install EV charging with 2nd-life batteries at highway rest areas

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UK-based Connected Energy and Groupe Renault have installed two quick-charge stations based on Connected Energy’s E-STOR energy storage technology on highways in Belgium and Germany. With the E-STOR system, the batteries are recharged at low power, and the stored energy is then released at high power. It thus becomes possible to offer electric vehicle charging services in locations where constructing a high power connection to the power grid would be very costly.

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US installs 6.2 GW of solar PV in 2014, up 30% over 2013

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Newly installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the US in 2014 reached a record 6,201 MW, growing 30% over 2013’s total, according to the new US Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review report released by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). An additional 767 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) came on-line in the same period. In 2014, the commercial segment installed just over 1 GW, down 6% from 2013.

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Everfuel signs MOU for hydrogen supply to new zero-emission ship concept

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The two parties are exploring a cooperation whereby Everfuel will be responsible for delivery of hydrogen, including planning, installation and operation of an optimized, scalable fueling solution. Trefor Elnet as the power DSO. Energinet as the power TSO.

Intermountain Power Agency orders MHPS JAC Gas Turbine technology for renewable-hydrogen energy hub, operated by LA DWP

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The Intermountain Power Agency (IPA) has awarded Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) a contract for two M501JAC power trains for the Intermountain Power Plant (IPP) in Delta, Utah. The ACES project will use renewable power to produce hydrogen through electrolysis.

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Hydro-Québec launches EVLO subsidiary specializing in energy storage systems

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These storage systems are intended mainly for power producers, transmission providers and distributors, as well as the commercial and industrial markets for medium- and large-scale storage. EVLO systems also include power control and energy management software. We firmly believe that the know-how Québec has acquired with regard to batteries will help develop solar and wind power. Batteries Power Generation Smart Grid

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Volkswagen Group Components and DU-POWER establish JV for flexible quick-charging stations in China

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Volkswagen Group Components and the start-up Shanghai DU-POWER New Energy Technical Co., The planned joint venture with DU-POWER therefore represents a significant milestone as we continue to make progress along the path to electric mobility.

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NREL researchers evaluating blockchain for transactive energy applications

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Distributing grid operational decision-making is revolutionary. These technologies rely on established cryptography and consensus mechanisms to ensure transactions remain secure, and an entire industry has emerged to apply blockchain technology in resolving real-world challenges.

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Volkswagen Group presents technology roadmap for batteries and charging

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The Volkswagen Group presented its technology roadmap for batteries and charging up to 2030 today on its first “Power Day”. Both gigafactories will be powered with electricity from renewable energy sources. It is set to be launched as of 2023 and will be installed across brands in up to 80% of all electric vehicles in the Group in 2030. Not only will customers be more independent of the public power grid, they will also save money and reduce CO 2 emissions.

Nissan LEAF helps power company’s NA facilities with V2G; Nissan Energy

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Working with Fermata Energy, a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) systems company, Nissan North America is launching a new pilot program under the Nissan Energy Share initiative which leverages bi?directional directional EV charging technology to partially power its North American headquarters in Franklin, TN, and its design center in San Diego, CA. Leading the industry, Nissan has also received certification for second-life LEAF batteries to be used in stationary energy storage.

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BMW Group commissions second-life battery storage farm at Leipzig

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The large-scale battery storage system at the Leipzig plant will give batteries previously installed in BMW i3 cars a second life and put them to profitable use in a sustainable, energy-based business model. With wind turbines located on the grounds of the plant, the BMW Battery Storage Farm Leipzig links decentralized captive production from renewable energies with local energy storage and an industrial consumer.

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Daimler and partners deploying world’s largest 2nd-life EV battery storage unit for grid support

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The battery systems are manufactured and reprocessed at the Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE, used in electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles from Daimler AG, and the installation and marketing of stationary battery storage units in the energy markets by The Mobility House and GETEC, through to recycling the battery systems at the end of their lifecycle and feeding the valuable raw materials back into the production cycle, which will be the future responsibility of REMONDIS.

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Toyota to participate in smart grid pilot project with Duke Energy in Indiana; optimized vehicle charging scheme

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), in cooperation with Duke Energy and non-profit industry initiative Energy Systems Network (ESN), will participate in a joint smart-grid pilot project in Indiana, the United States. The aim of the project will be power-grid load-equalization and the establishment of an optimized vehicle-charging scheme.

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

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Ideal Power Converters (IPC) announced that the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable. Energy Laboratory (NREL) has successfully demonstrated vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capabilities using IPC’s bi-directional Battery Converter. IPC’s Battery Converter will provide bi-directional power between the EV. battery and a 480Vac power grid. forecasted), lower installation costs due to its lightweight design, and V2G capabilities, according to the company.

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Fraunhofer ESK demonstrating vehicle-to-grid communications based on ISO/IEC 15118 and IEC 61850 standards

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Fraunhofer ESK is developing underlying communication methods for a uniform energy management system for power grids and electric vehicles. The reference system is intended to help charging station and e-vehicle manufacturers and grid operators implement the communication standards and test their products for standards compliance. Fraunhofer ESK demonstrating vehicle-to-grid communications based on ISO/IEC 15118 and IEC 61850 standards.

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Audi & Hager Group investigating bidirectional charging at home

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Electric mobility is bringing the automotive industry and the energy sector closer together. In the test grid, the fully electric Audi model operated with a DC wall box, which enables a charging capacity of up to 12 kW, and a flexibly extendable home storage unit with a capacity of 9 kWh.

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Top EV Charger Manufacturers in India

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It offers to charge solutions under the brand name Charge-Grid. The Brand has established the first solar-based EV charging station, India’s first EV highway (Mumbai-Pune EV Highway), India’s first EV App ‘Charge Grid’ to find out the location of EV chargers and many more.

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U. Delaware and NRG Energy vehicle-to-grid project selling power to PJM

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A vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project between the University of Delaware and NRG Energy has begun selling power to PJM Interconnection for the power grid. The University and NRG began work in September 2011 to move from research results to prepare to commercialize the technology, which provides a two-way interface between EVs and the power grid that enables vehicle owners to sell electricity back to the grid while they are charging their EVs.

Mitsubishi Heavy says ground test validates wireless power transmission for space solar power systems; 10 kW sent 500m by microwave

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MHI) successfully conducted ground demonstration testing of “wireless power transmission,” a new technology presently under development to serve as the core technology of space solar power systems (SSPS). The transmission distance and power load mark new milestones in Japan with respect to length and volume of wireless power transmission. One readily conceivable application is wireless transmission of power to electric vehicles.

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Shell, ITM Power to build world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Germany; €20M REFHYNE project

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Shell and ITM Power will build the world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant at Rhineland refinery, Germany. The European partner consortium of Shell, ITM Power, SINTEF, thinkstep and Element Energy has now secured €10 million (US$12.2 The electrolyzer will be operated in a highly responsive mode, helping to balance the refinery’s internal electricity grid and also selling Primary Control Reserve service to the German Transmission System Operators.

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MHI delivers large-capacity Li-ion energy storage system for advanced microgrid study and verification testing at Shimizu Corp.

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., (MHI) The institute, a technology arm of Shimizu Corporation, a major Japanese construction firm, is presently conducting advanced studies, including verification testing, into various technological areas, including microgrids, which are a localized power management system, and smart BEMS (building and energy management system). The microgrid installed at the Shimizu Institute of Technology has a total output of 600 kW.

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CalSEED awards $4.2M to early-stage clean energy innovations

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The solicitation was designed as a call for early-stage clean energy innovations that fall within five defined technology areas: energy efficiency; energy storage; AI/machine learning; advanced power electronics/power conditioning; and zero- and negative-carbon emission generation. To help California mitigate its ever-growing wildfires, this year CalSEED has included companies that are innovating in technologies that will build wildfire resiliency into the grid.

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3 Oil Majors That Bet Big On Renewables

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In fact, if you remove Equinor from the equation, Big Oil’s renewable investments will actually decline over the next three years before even factoring in the industry-wide deep capex cuts due to the Covid-19 pandemic. by Alex Kimani for Oilprice.com.

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LG Chem and Eguana partner on Li-ion residential energy storage system for North America

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Eguana Technologies, a supplier of power control and conversion solutions for distributed energy storage systems and Li-ion manufacturer LG Chem have combined their technologies under a multi-year agreement to deliver a certified, fully integrated energy storage system (ESS) Eguana calls “AC Battery”. The modular system is targeted as a residential product, but also has the potential to be aggregated for small commercial and industrial (C&I) end-users. Batteries Smart Grid Solar

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NAATBatt Coalition recommends deployment of up to 300 GWh of distributed energy storage systems by 2022

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A coalition of 13 leading industrial companies and electric utilities, including General Motors Company, The Dow Chemical Company and Duke Energy, issued a white paper recommending the installation of up to 300 GWh of distributed energy storage (DES) systems around the country by 2022. DES systems consist of small, stationary batteries installed in neighborhoods, buildings, homes and electricity substations, which can be networked together using smart grid communications technology.

2012 195

Mercedes-Benz Cars plants in Germany to be supplied with CO2-neutral energy from 2022

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In Germany, Mercedes-Benz Cars has eight vehicle and powertrain plants (Bremen, Rastatt, Sindelfingen, Berlin, Hamburg, Kamenz, Kölleda, Stuttgart-Untertürkheim), which either purchase electricity or operate their own power plants. Already existing highly efficient gas CHP systems additionally generate local heat and power at the factories. The measures are supported by efficient control of the electrical power supply. Manufacturing Power Generation Sustainability

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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 project is supported by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), in cooperation with the State of Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Part of the demonstration plan includes utilization of the EVs for grid-balancing services ( earlier post ). Hitachi, Ltd., Cyber Defense Institute, Inc.,

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Daimler & enercity storing new replacement EV batteries in working 15 MWh grid storage system; “living storage”

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With a storage capacity totalling 15 MWh, the installation is one of the largest in Europe. Through the “living storage” of the replacement batteries, they are creating a business case that, in this form, can only be achieved together by an automotive manufacturer and a power supply company. The ESS can balance the energy fluctuations with practically no losses—a task that is currently undertaken predominantly by fast-turning turbines at the fossil power plants.

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Duke Energy and ITOCHU to assess second-life applications for Li-ion automotive batteries

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According to some auto industry estimates, electric vehicle (EV) batteries that can no longer charge to approximately 80% of their original capacity may be candidates for replacement. Reuse possibilities for these batteries include providing a supplemental home energy supply, storing renewable power and providing a fast-charging power source for EVs. Duke Energy will provide engineering design support for battery installations, as well as supply test sites and personnel.

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Burns & McDonnell develops bi-directional fast chargers for SPIDERS program

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This first-of-its-kind system will push power back to the base microgrid when needed to meet installation demand or improve overall power quality. On 29 August, the team successfully commissioned five bidirectional chargers and the aggregating control system as part of the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security (SPIDERS) microgrid project at Fort Carson. Bi-directional fast charger at Ft. Carson. Click to enlarge.

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AMSC Power Electronics Support Nearly 10% of Global Wind-Generated Electricity

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American Superconductor Corporation ( AMSC ), a global power technologies company, announced in conjunction with Global Wind Day 2010 on 15 June that it has achieved a significant milestone by supporting the production of more than 15,000 megawatts (MW) of wind power worldwide with its proprietary power electronic solutions. This amount of zero-emission electricity is sufficient to power approximately 4.5 AMSC’s Wind Turbine Engineering and Power Electronics.

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IBM Teams With ESB ecars to develop EV smart charging IT system in Ireland

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Additionally, this project will provide utilities with access to energy usage data that can help improve smart grid operations, reduce power strain during peak charging times, and ensure reliable energy distribution to customers. ESB Networks will use IBM’s Intelligent Electric Vehicle Enablement Platform to provide the services needed to operate and manage the charge-points installed throughout Ireland.

EPRI Report Shows That DC Superconductor Cable is Feasible for Development Using Todays Technology

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has published a report that describes the design of a superconducting direct current (DC) cable system capable of moving thousands of megawatts of electricity between regions, and which is practical and ready for commercial development, using today’s technology. Refrigeration and vacuum requirements of the line might be met by equipment and methods utilized in the industrial gas industry.

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BMW Group plants stepping up activities in balancing-power market to contribute to grid stability

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The energy control stations at BMW Group Plants Dingolfing and Landshut are stepping up their activities in the balancing-power market in Germany. Together with other highly-flexible controllable systems in the BMW Group production network, they will contribute to the stability of the public grid outside of the plant. Electricity generation from variable renewable electricity sources (VRE) such as wind and solar power has grown rapidly and is expected to continue to do so.

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Volkswagen intends sales of 150K e-cars by 2020; 100K ID, ID SUV; >1M in 2025; more on MEB

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Volkswagen is one of the most successful platform developers in the automotive industry. The zero-emissions drivetrain in the ID family primarily consists of an electric motor integrated into the rear axle with power electronics and a transmission, a high-voltage flat battery pack installed in the vehicle floor to save space, and auxiliary powertrains integrated into the front end of the vehicle. The single-speed gearbox transfers the power from the motor to the rear axle.

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BMW i home energy storage system integrates 2nd-life i3 vehicle batteries

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The remarkable advantage for BMW customers in using BMW i3 batteries as a plug and play storage application is the ability to tap into an alternative resource for residential and commercial backup power, thus using renewable energy much more efficiently, and enabling additional revenues from the energy market. BMW i has worked with universities, national laboratories, utilities and industry partners to maximize residential energy efficiency.

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GE Energy launches fully networked Wattstation and Wattstation Connect software; pay by smartphone

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GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business unveiled the new WattStation and WattStation Connect software at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit, Mich. GE’s Immelt on EVs and the Smart Grid. I think every aspect of the electric vehicle can be done; every aspect of a smart grid can be done. The WattStation can be installed into any commercial, public or retail location. Smart grid demo. GE’s WattStation Connect for mobile device users. Click to enlarge.

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Berkeley Lab researchers develop Bchain protocol to make blockchain more robust

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Blockchain—a technology used for verifying and recording digital transactions—could transform the way governments, global industries and science research operate, in addition to providing the foundation for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. More importantly, transaction records are only available to a small group of invited members—which is why financial and medical industries, as well as science research, tend to favor the private blockchain.

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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. The aim of charge@work is to design a micro smart grid (MSG) capable of supplying the EV fleet with electricity produced exclusively from renewable sources.

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