Soon,there will be manyelectric vehicleson the roads. Currently, such EVs are expensive mainly due to the cost of expensive batteries they require. EVs and hence EV batteries are typically required to have high travel ranges (80-100 miles) because most people think that EV owners charge their EVs at home. However, existing statistics show that the average travel distance of an individual from home to work place is about twenty miles. If there are charging stations near work place, then we can drive down the EV cost by reducing the expected travel range of EV batteries. In big cities, typically we have parking decks near office buildings, and hence we foresee that a large scale charging deck will be feasible in the near future. The large EV charging demand may cause the voltages at distribution feeders to drop below their safe operating limits. Thus, in our research, we hope to build a charging deck with renewable energies such as solar power. Our PV enabled EV charging station will be unique because we plan to use concentrated solar power which produces 15% more solar power with a smaller deployment footprint. In addition, our PV system is designed to be portable so that it can be easily transported to different locations. In Phase 1 of our project, we use a regular solar panel and off-the-shelf EV charger to collect baseline measurements. Then, we plan to use the concentrated solar power design and also enhance the EV charger design in the near future.
James Del Rossi is a senior computer engineering student from Flemington, New Jersey. His hobbies include snowboarding, paintballing, building computers, and programming. He is also a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity, as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success. Driven by a strong desire to learn how things work, he chose to become an engineer so that he might better understand the machines we use on a regular basis, and hopefully one day be working on the cutting edge of technological advancement in digital computing and design.