EPRI, TVA to Unveil Solar-Powered Electric Car Charging Station

Prototype solar-assisted EV charging station incorporates energy storage and six charging bays.

Published: 18-Jan-2011

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Tennessee Valley Authority will host a demonstration of a new prototype 6-bay integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station at the EPRI laboratory in Knoxville, Tenn., at 9 a.m. Tuesday, January 25. This is among the first stations in the U.S. that incorporates energy storage technology into the design. Several electric vehicles will be available to media for inspection, charging and driving demonstrations.

This prototype station will produce data that will assist in implementing key components of a smart grid, such as integrating renewable energy resources -- wind power and solar -- onto the grid, assessing the impact on reliability of a distributed resource generation, testing advance metering infrastructure and analyzing electric vehicle supply equipment.

EPRI and TVA undertook the development of the design of this station with Eaton Corporation as a contractor to create a model-charging facility that could serve as a prototype for future stations throughout the country.

When: 9 a.m. January 25, 2011

Where: EPRI Research Laboratory, 942 Corridor Park Blvd., Knoxville, Tenn.

Who: From EPRI: Arshad Mansoor, Senior Vice President of R&D; Mark McGranaghan, Vice President, Power Delivery & Utilization; From TVA: Anda Ray, Senior Vice President for Environment & Technology; Kim Greene, TVA Group President of Strategy and External Relations. Also: Oak Ridge National Labs and other project stakeholders and power distributors.

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