New JuiceNet Solar App Lets EV Owners Get The Most From Their PV Systems

4 months ago by Inside EVs Staff 9

JuiceNet Solar – maximizing renewable energy, and saving money

The latest verion of eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet Solar cloud platform lets owners of PV systems get the most renewable “solar energy” as possible for their plug-in electric vehicles via smart charging.

eMotorWerks says the new system uses advanced algorithms “to match the charging speed of any number of JuiceNet-connected EVs to second-by-second solar production”.

The benefits of such an app are obvious:  maximize self-consumption of renewable energy, and of course in turn, increase energy savings

“Today, many solar array owners also drive EVs, so JuiceNet Solar combines the power of both of these activities to maximize their contribution to a decarbonized grid by getting the most out of their solar generation, especially if living in regions that have yet to institute net metering policies,” says Dr. Valery Miftakhov, CEO of eMotorWerks.

“By utilizing JuiceNet Solar, users keep the solar generation local, which saves them money and maximizes their use of renewable energy.”

Just to visualize what that might look like for a PV owner looking to use their own system to maximize EV charging, here is an example:

eMotorWerks new JuiceNet platform in action

eMotorWerks press release:

eMotorWerks New Solar Charging Capability Enables Electric Vehicle Drivers to Charge their Vehicles from PV Generation

JuiceNet Solar saves drivers money and advances the decarbonization of the grid through advanced algorithms and second-by-second charging coordination with solar production

JuiceNet Solar saves drivers money and advances the decarbonization of the grid through advanced algorithms and second-by-second charging coordination with solar production

SAN FRANCISCOJune 29, 2017  — With the newest release of the JuiceNet cloud platform from eMotorWerks, owners of solar arrays can now combine smart EV charging with their solar generation to maximize their renewable energy self-consumption and increase energy savings. With roughly 37 percent of Americans living in regions where fossil fuel generated energy dominates power provided on the grid, driving an electric vehicle produced the equivalent global warming emissions of the best gasoline hybrids available, eMotorWerks’ new solar-plus-charging allows EV drivers to further reduce their carbon footprint. Whether it’s just a few panels on the homeowner’s roof or a multi-megawatt utility-scale power plant, JuiceNet Solar uses advanced algorithms and charging controls to match the charging speed of any number of JuiceNet-connected EVs to second-by-second solar production.

Enabling the use of clean energy in EV charging is at the heart of all eMotorWerks products. By allowing users to tap into their solar arrays automatically, JuiceNet Solar provides access to the cleanest “marginal fuel” available on the local power grid and a new layer of smart charging that can closely follow the peaks and valleys of local solar energy production – making the most out of this renewable resource.

In addition to allowing integration of on-site renewables, JuiceNet Solar can also be configured to work with any distributed collection of generating resources, providing second-by-second balancing services to local renewable generation. For example, JuiceNet Solar can be deployed at workplace sites where EV charging is linked to production from both on-site PV panels and PV panels on the roofs of employees’ nearby homes. This virtual aggregation allows utilities to reduce the amount of solar energy backfeed through their transformers, while enabling cleaner power for participating EVs.

“At the system, grid-wide level, our technology paves the way for much higher penetration of intermittent renewable generation in the electric grids worldwide”, says Dr. Miftakhov. “With the explosive growth of EVs in the coming years, JuiceNet Solar will be critical for driving further decarbonization in both our transport and our power generation.”  

JuiceNet Solar requires at least one JuiceNet-enabled EV charging station utilizing eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet Green software option as well as one JuiceNet-enabled energy meter (JuiceMeter available in the eMotorWerks web store). If users do not have a JuiceNet enabled EVSE, they can still use the universal smart-grid EV charging adapter, JuicePlug, which enhances any third-party station or charging cord with JuiceNet capabilities, including emissions reduction and smartphone monitoring and control of charging. Currently, the list of JuiceNet-enabled stations includes eMotorWerks JuiceBox Pro, AeroVironment EVSE RS JuiceNet Edition, and the ClipperCreek HCS-40 JuiceNet Edition. Upcoming stations will include stations such as those from eMotorWerks partners Nayax EV Meter, and Webasto.

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9 responses to "New JuiceNet Solar App Lets EV Owners Get The Most From Their PV Systems"

  1. Mark.ca says:

    Dratz! My charging station is not supported. I guess i will keep doing it through the car menu and select peak times when solar is on.

    1. TimE says:

      2 words:
      Juice Plug

      Or rather – eMotorWerks JuicePlug.

      Its an adapter that can be put on any existing J1772 EVSE that provides the eMotorWerks “Smart” functionality.

      1. Mark.ca says:

        From their website…
        “If you are in SDG&E, PG&E, or SCE territories in California, you can get one for just $99 (less $100 rebate when you sign up for our JuicePoints rewards program).”

        That’s what i’m talking about! Thanks for posting this, Tim! had no idea about this.

        1. Mark.ca says:

          This is pretty cool, it works if you have solar too. I’m under SCE but my zip is not eligible at this time….oh well, will wait.

  2. Barry says:

    I needed to use their support & service to upgrade my 2yr old Juicebox so it would current share with my new Juicebox. Their service was awesome! So is the current sharing.

  3. DJ says:

    That’s cool. If only they picked up the phone when you call them and try to buy one. Even after leaving messages and never hearing back…

    Have to wonder what how warranty service would work in that sort of situation.

    1. Val says:

      DJ – thanks for your feedback. We have beefed up our service department quite a bit in the last few months – try us now 🙂

    2. Steven Day says:

      I’ve had great service from them with my EVSE.

  4. One says:

    Looks like inside EVs is back with real interesting news. I was getting tired of the dragster queen act and all the kittens being saved, oh so adorable (no, didn’t really read those). I do believe smart grid/house/vehicle/IOT will be the single most important thing for renewables in the near future

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