Kyocera Unveils Solar Cycle Station for EVs With Backup Feature

APR 18 2014 BY MARK KANE 4

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Kyocera announced the installation at it headquarters of Shintec Hozumi in Aichi Prefecture, Japan a “Solar Cycle Station for EV”.

But this is not a typical solar charging carport. This system takes it one step further by not only charging vehicles from solar energy, but also having the ability to provide backup energy during times of disaster.

“Kyocera’s “Solar Cycle Station” is an environmentally friendly solar-powered recharging station— originally launched for electric-assisted bicycles in 2010 — that uses the company’s high performance solar modules. In 2012, the company started supplying the Solar Cycle Station for EV, which is designed to power electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles.”

The solar system can generate 230 kW of power. Data on the amount of power that can be supplied to EVs or the Toyota Prius PHV wasn’t provided by Kyocera, but if we assume this would work to power a building (or even part of it) when needed during an emergency, then it would seem it must be at least over a dozen kWs total.

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I would like to see Solar City selling something similar in the US. Provide standard L2 charging, sell power back to the grid at night via batteries, and provide grid leveling during blackouts and disasters.

First I would like to see some kind of standards developed for any vehicle-to-grid load management. Things like, which car(s) will be giving up power first? What are the limits on how much can be taken for load management, or for emergencies? Standards would help protect the interests of the car owners and the utilities. Also, open standards should help bring more competition and choices. That will help keep the costs down.

Sites / structures like this should be built with their own stationary storage capability. There may be few to no vehicles available for grid leveling.

A standardized priority system could be pretty complex… One would hope anticipated user minimum / destination would be taken into account so people wont end up stranded. Vehicles with MAC (more available charge) should be first to give up their electrons. And then if course, the level of Grid Deficit and or Emergency Level would also need to be taken into account…

No standard at all would be the most complex. Every charging standard might have several vehicle-to-grid systems to choose from depending on the manufacturer. Then each manufacturer tries to make their system the standard and we have more standards wars on top of the ongoing charging war. Also, you don’t want each utility picking a different system. Trip routing would be a nightmare.