A Comparison Of Grid Power And Solar Power For Electric Vehicle Fast Charging
Range anxiety is a common complaint of electric vehicles (EVs). To help address this, a fast charging station was installed in Red Deer. In my study, I compared the scenarios of powering this station with the grid (Case I), solar power (Case II), or solar power paired with a battery bank (Case III) in both 2017 and 2030. This has not yet been studied for Alberta. My research answers the question: is it worth installing solar modules to power this fast charging station? Cases II and III produced less emissions and have higher gross profits than Case I. However, the capital cost and the area that the solar array takes up in Cases II and III are concerning. An issue with EV charging that was considered is demand charging. The installation of a solar array with or without a battery bank and arrangements with utility companies provide potential solutions.
Lefebvre, N. (2018). A Comparison Of Grid Power And Solar Power For Electric Vehicle Fast Charging (Unpublished report). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.