Smart Charger Controller Simplifies Electric Vehicle Recharging

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Smart Charger Controller Electric Vehicle Recharging

United States [] vehicle owners can plug in cars and forget about knowing they ll get the cheapest available and won t crash the grid using a new technology called the Charger Controller. Developed at the of Energy s Pacific Northwest Laboratory, the controller automatically electric vehicles during of least cost to the consumer and demand for power. Widespread use of devices could help a smart power grid.

Electric vehicles will reduce the nation’s dependency on While the new vehicles will as an additional source of power they also could to an even smarter grid if with controller technology.

If a owners plug in their to recharge after work, it cause a major strain on the said PNNL engineer Kintner-Meyer. The Smart Charger could prevent those in demand from plug-in and enable our existing grid to be more evenly.

That efficiency translates to a stable grid and cheaper

Using the device could up to $150 a year for electric owners who pay based on when charge their vehicle, said.

Electric vehicles become widely available in 2011. The current Administration a goal of one million electric on the road by 2015. A previous study showed that existing power grid meet the needs of about 70 of all U.S. light-duty vehicles if charging was managed to avoid new in electricity demand.

The Smart Charger Controller just that. Owners the controller to charge at a specific of day or night or at a set price point. The uses a low-range wireless to communicate with the power and determine the best and cheapest to recharge vehicles.

By charging during off-peak times, the saves consumers money.

PNNL studies with appliances show that technologies also save the from brown-outs with impact to the consumer. Grid technology inside the Smart Controller senses stress on the grid. When the grid more power is needed, the can temporarily stop charging the until the stress subsides.

This instant reduction in load, multiplied on a large with many vehicles, serve as a shock absorber for the The technology would relieve instantly and give grid time to bring new power sources on line to stabilize the — a process that takes several minutes.

The Road Ahead is Now

With electric vehicles on the horizon, smart charging technology can be now, according to Kintner-Meyer. technologies like the Smart Controller today will the new generation of electric vehicles to be once they’re available he noted.

Anne M. Annie works in the media relations at the Pacific Northwest National

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