Solar Tech Powers Electric Cars
New technology from Australia’s national science agency CSIRO is set to use solar energy to charge electric vehicles (EVs).
Funded by the Victorian Government and in collaboration with Delta Electronics and Nissan Australia, CSIRO researchers have developed a system which incorporates a range of heat management strategies to ensure batteries are charged and discharged efficiently.
This will hopefully see solar-powered EV charging stations maximise their use of renewable energy, alleviating stress on the grid during peak periods. The technology also supports charging of multiple vehicles in areas with limited access to grid power – such as home garages.
Three solar charging modules have been installed at Nissan headquarters in Dandenong, Victoria, each capable of charging four vehicles to test over 200 days, including the peak summer period.