Solar-powered car charger gets green light

Welsh government is supporting the installation of a solar-powered EV charging station to take stress off the grid

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Supported by Welsh government, renewables company Dulas is looking to install a solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station at its head office.

The station is set to combine solar power with energy storage technology and will be a test for the company, as it seeks to discover more commercial solutions for using renewable energy as a direct source for EV charging.

Dulas is developing the onsite charging station as a solution to heavy demands on grid supply, stating that grid upgrades or changes to premises can be a financial barrier to many businesses looking to switch to EVs.

Nick Smith, Senior Electrical Engineer, commented: “We have a number of clients in remote or grid challenged locations where this solution could be applicable.

“The particular challenge of islanding, which is basically the continuation of a power supply where electrical grid power is not present, is ensuring that the power supply is stable and non-varying. Achieving this with low-cost solar power could be a game-changer for these clients.”