DOE supports EV chargers with smart grid connection

The U.S. Department of Energy has offered Delta Products Corporation $1.9 million to help develop a new electric vehicle charging system using smart grid technology that could speed to introduction of these new vehicles.

The new smart grid-tied system would make use of data sharing with utility companies to help balance power demands throughout the course of the day, easing the strain on the grid in many parts of the country.

At the same time, the systems would help people take advantage of off-peak electricity rates to help charge their vehicles, maximizing the savings from moving away from imported oil.

"We are delighted to work with DOE and our partners to bring this important technology to market," Delta Products president M.S. Huang said in a statement. "The combination of electric vehicles and smart grid technology is key to helping reduce energy use."

Consumer Reports notes that electric vehicles have been limited to a large degree by a lack of standardization in charging systems, as well as the small number of charging stations outside the home. This slow development similarly harms the growth of the smart grid, which many reports suggest could make impressive use of a fleet of small, local batteries.

More information on energy storage in the smart grid can be found at PennEnergy's Research area.

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