The prototype, also known as a Smart Modal Area Recharge Terminal, or SMART™ station, will provide information on energy usage.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) held a ground breaking ceremony on Friday, June 18, for a prototype integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station that will be erected at the institute’s Knoxville, Tenn., research laboratory.
EPRI and TVA undertook the development of the design process with Eaton Corp. as a contractor to create a model-charging facility that will charge electric vehicles quickly and reliably.
When completed in the fall the test station will produce data that will assist in implementing key components of a smart grid, such as integrating renewables onto the grid, utilizing a battery storage system, assessing the impact on reliability of a distributed resource generation, testing advance metering infrastructure and analyzing electric vehicle supply equipment.
The prototype, also known as a Smart Modal Area Recharge Terminal, or SMART™ station, will provide information on energy usage, the time when the equipment is used, the amount of solar-generated electricity produced and stored, and the potential impact of load clusters — when several vehicles are refueled at the same time — on distribution system reliability.
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