Nissan tests solar charger

Nissan, alongside Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), is testing an electric vehicle charger that reduces pressure on the electricity grid by relying on solar power.

In anticipation of a sharp uptake of electric vehicles in coming years, Australian authorities are currently looking for ways to ensure that the electricity grid can stand up to a dramatic increase in demand in the future.

One such way is to develop EV chargers that can rely on stored battery power produced by solar panels.

Nissan has worked alongside CISIRO and Delta Electronics, using funding provided by the government of Victoria, to develop four battery-backed EV chargers that are able to power up to four EVs and the modules are now being put to the test.

The chargers were developed by Delta Electronics and will be installed at Nissan headquarters in Dandenong where they will be trialled over 200 days using Nissan Leaf EVs.

The EV chargers are currently being installed alongside a 5kW solar system powering two charging units and two further chargers are connected to a 10kW solar system.

The chargers include technology that utilises heat management systems to ensure the batteries are charged and discharged efficiently without wasting power.