Tritium Gets DoE Funding For Extreme Fast-Charger In U.S.

SEP 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 6

Tritium and EPRI to develop an extreme fast-charging system.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $3.2 million to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for development of an extreme fast-charging system that can connect to the grid. The charging equipment is to be developed by Australian fast charger manufacturer Tritium, which catches $400,000 for the purpose.

There are no details on the power output or V2G capability, besides that Tritium will develop “a custom version of its Veefil-PK high-powered charging head, along with providing input for system design and testing”.

Tritium fast chargers

“EPRI’s funding is part of $80 million in DOE funding distributed among 42 projects for early-stage research in advanced vehicle technologies that give drivers more choices to affordably meet their mobility needs, strengthen U.S. energy security, reduce dependence on foreign materials and enhance the economy.”

“The DOE’s investment in battery and electrification research has several objectives, including creating cathode materials for EV batteries that do not require cobalt, providing data on the impact of mobility services and maximizing fuel economy.”

“Tritium is one of several companies partnering with EPRI to develop a system for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) high-powered charging with a DC connection to the medium-voltage grid. The system will reduce the impact on the grid while providing the ability to charge multiple EVs quickly at “extreme” levels while providing physical and cybersecurity protection for the infrastructure. Other major contributors include Eaton Corp., National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory.”

James Kennedy, Tritium’s engineering director and co-founder said:

“This project lets us use our expertise in EV charging to build an advanced system that is easy to scale, repeat and manufacture. The solution the project team develops will result in a system with a smaller footprint, higher efficiency and lower cost of ownership.

“We’re looking forward to collaborating with the other partners,” he added. “The project will help us gain exposure to the rapidly developing U.S. market.”

EPRI Vice President of Integrated Grid Mark McGranaghan said:

“Electrification of transportation presents opportunities for massive decarbonization, increased productivity and customer satisfaction. Our collaborative team will dig deeper into options for faster, flexible and more efficient vehicle charging, which could be key to maximizing the impact and acceleration of electrifying fleets of vehicles.”

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said:

“Improving the affordability of transportation for American consumers and businesses keeps our economy moving. By investing in a broad range of technologies, DOE is ensuring America remains at the forefront of innovation.”

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This announcement is extremely vague; but it sounds kinda related to ?…

Amazing Rick Perry ever let this one through!

Rick Perry has been a big backer of wind power for quite a while longer than most people would believe. He has also been luke warm on electric cars for a while due in part to his support for wind power, it seems.
Texas had just 116 MW in use in Governor Perry’s first year as Governor and 11,000 Mw in use his last year, 2013, with a further 3,000 MW planned at that point.
Texas is the number one wind power state in the union, and it is in that position in large part due to Governor Perry.

Yep, the guy’s alright!

Another Euro point of view

If we want to avoid a clash between current fashion of high bulky cars (SUV) and electric cars we indeed better do max. efforts in extreme fast charging technology and network.

This is where the technology will go for high kW charge stations. The current DCFC practice of using 480 VAC utility input power is great for DCFC chargers feeding 400-500 VDC packs, but the chargers lose some efficiency and cost more if they have to step the input AC voltage up for 800-1000 VDC pack charging. By going directly to distribution voltage input, the chargers can work more efficiently through electronic voltage step-down-only power circuits. This new concept also entirely eliminates the utility’s distribution transformer and heavy/expensive high-amp secondary conductors and distribution panel. This both reduces utility installation costs and improves the utilty’s power delivery efficiency. Efficiency improvements plus installation cost reductions = win/win for EVs.