Due to the growing number of solar panels, more and more electricity is generated locally. Unfortunately, up until now, there is no good solution for the surplus to the grid, which can occur on days with a lot of sun. Researcher Kathelijne Bouw and her team from the Centre of Expertise Energy of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen are going to investigate whether users of electric cars can play a greater role in solving this problem. The smart charging of batteries may namely result in a huge improvement of efficiency.
The batteries of electric cars can be charged when a surplus of solar energy occurs; through this, peaks in the net can be tempered. The research team from the Hanze UAS, together with the Amelander Energie Coöperatie, Grunneger Power, Energy Expo and Enexis, are conduction research for the project SolarMiles on how the demand for mobility by users and the buffer capacity in the grid can be cleverly linked.
The starting point of SolarMiles is that the Amelander Energie Coöperatie and Grunneger Power will use the ‘own-generated’ solar energy (from private or collective panels) for mobility. Both energy cooperatives want to introduce electric cars on the island of Ameland and in the city of Groningen, which are charged as much as possible at times when solar panels produce more energy than there is demand.
Currently, a new service concept is developed, which will facilitates smart charging of electric cars. The concept is developed by the research team of the Centre of Expertise Energy and Marion van Os’ Center for entrepreneurship, consisting of students, researchers and teachers. Herein, the users play a central role, because they have to adjust their charging behavior to the available amount of solar energy.
The consortium of the Hanze University Groningen together with Amelander Energy Cooperative, Grunneger Power, Energy Expo and Enexis was awarded a grant of € 148 714, – by RVO (SRI Energy).
The total project cost are € 213 873, -.