Nidec Industrial Solutions enters the ultra-fast charging segment with a new 320 kW charger, equipped with a 160 kWh energy storage system to limit the draw from the grid to 50 kW.

That and the recent developments of electric powertrains makes us think Nidec is seriously interested in electrification.

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The company already installed some 500 MWh of energy storage systems and for years now sold power electronics, so it can certainly take advantage of experience gained in different areas, especially since ultra-fast chargers are really problematic without ESS.

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According to the press release, Nidec developed a new generation of ultra-fast chargers (from the current prototype) with a grid/solar power supply, energy storage and even bi-directional charging for V2G.

With a 160 kWh battery, the charger would be able to juice up three cars in series.

"The new Ultra Fast Charger, which works as a “buffer” between the electricity grid and the recharging tower, incorporates 160 kWh of installed batteries with advanced power controls. It is the prototype of a new generation of ultra fast chargers, which can be connected to LV or MV grids and which, against an energy requirement of only 50 kW, can supply 320 kW of power to a vehicle, thereby multiplying the power delivered by 6 compared to that drawn from the grid. Thanks to this innovative system, the batteries of new-generation cars can be rapidly recharged to 80% of their capacity in less than 15 minutes, guaranteeing the vehicles up to 500 km travel. It also allows the recharging of 2 vehicles in parallel or 3 in series, has an efficiency of 95% and, thanks to its compact dimensions, it activates an extensive service able to meet the widespread distribution requirements of the electric vehicle market’s players. Nidec Industrial Solutions’s recharging systems are designed to be supplied both from the electricity grid and from renewable sources, such as solar energy, and can be bi-directional: they can be used not only for recharging electric vehicles, but also the grid (Vehicle-to-Grid – V2G).

The Nidec Industrial Solutions approach is to supply services and technologies to meet the needs of each company’s specific projects. Also in this field, thanks to its know-how and expertise in the automation and BESS sectors, the company can design and supply customised solutions, personalised to the client’s business model and to the type of vehicle to be recharged (bus, trade vehicles or cars), also offering smart charge management applications, which guarantee the efficient and optimal implementation of all the recharging stations, also in the case of public use for buses or trade vehicles.

Nidec Industrial Solutions is developing an entire portfolio of products to meet the needs of all market players, divided in three different formats: in addition to the ultra fast chargers, it also offers LV Charging Stations with centralised batteries, thanks to which 12 vehicles can be charged to 80% of their capacity in an hour, and MV Charging Stations, possibly without batteries, which can be used to deliver greater power and recharge numerous cars (more than 12 vehicles in an hour) at the same time, such as a fleet of corporate cars, or trade vehicles in a logistics enterprise."

Matteo Rizzi, Director, Global Sales & Marketing, Renewables (PV, BESS & EV) of Nidec Industrial Solutions commented:

“We think it’s only a matter of time before the electric car comes to the forefront throughout the world. In many countries – such as those of Northern Europe, the USA and, first and foremost, China and Japan e-Mobility is already a widespread reality and responds to the ever more pressing need to reduce pollution and noise, particularly in urban centres. Armed with 180 years’ experience in the power electronics sector, with widely acknowledged know-how in power management, i.e. in the effective management of the electrical grid, and a consolidated leadership in the Battery Energy Storage systems (BESS), thanks to installations of over 500 MWh throughout the world, and several years of commitment to the renewable energy and electric vehicle sectors, we have succeeded in engineering an advanced solution with a high vehicle recharging capacity, able to maintain a constant flow in the electricity grid, thereby reducing the risk of black outs that could be generated in the future as the use of electric cars becomes more widespread. This is a sector on which we are focusing on more and more, as demonstrated by the important joint venture between Nidec and the PSA Group (Peugeot), announced in January of this year, for the manufacturing of 900,000 electric engines per year, an investment worth 200 million euro.”