The market for electric vehicles (EV) has gained momentum globally in recent years. More and more countries are planning to move away from conventional cars with petrol and diesel engines.
Ev + PV electric driving with green energy. The combination of the future.
The combination of V2G and solar panels initially offers home owners more energy independence and lowering their ecological footprint. These developments can help countries to strengthen their clean energy security and global warming.
At the same time, car manufacturers ensure diversity in their offer by adding electric vehicles to the range. Even though they overlap to a significant degree, the market for electric cars and photovoltaic energy exist to date independently of each other.
By combining electric driving with solar PV power, both industries can benefit and accelerate the introduction of each of the technologies.
There are several motivating factors to switch to solar power energy for V2G. Such as reducing recurring energy costs, increasing energy independence. Above all reducing the ecological footprint, both on an individual and a national level.
Charging EVs with photovoltaic energy offers more possibilities to achieve these goals fully. The transition to electric driving alone does not make a difference in terms of the environment, as fossil fuels are probably still needed to generate electricity to charge the car.
However, if EV is combined with photovoltaic energy, the ecological footprint can be significantly reduced. If vehicles can be recharged using PV power, the grid load will decrease, and it is possible to speed up the charging time.
Thanks to innovative solar technology, such as the boost function, an EV can be charged faster than with a standard charger. In photovoltaics PV markets where higher self-consumption is the goal, recharging an EV with green energy is another way to achieve energy independence. In this way, the EV becomes an instrument that prepares the demand for energy from consumers for better matching of their electricity consumption concerning the power supply.
The combination of EVs with energy from the Sun also offers, in the installation phase, several advantages that can promote the accelerated both.
A traditional PV inverter and standalone EV charger usually have higher costs for installation and other items; such as additional wiring, pipes, switches and possibly an upgrade of meter cupboard. The time- and cost-saving installation of a PV inverter with integrated charger for V2G cars reduces all these extra costs because only one hardware unit needs to be installed. Such a solution can help homeowners to prepare for the future.
So even if a homeowner does not currently have an Electric vehicle, a future-proof “EV-ready” power plant solution can be installed. This allows a homeowner to upgrade a PV system easily to provide energy for a new or replacement electric car.
V2G electric driving | Backup for emergency power
The possibilities offered by the combination of electric car and PV do not stop there. Once the two technologies are integrated, many new functions can be provided.
Since both electric car and PV Lithium batteries work on dc, and this can change the whole domain of EV charging and power generation.
Lithium batteries could be used as a back-up for emergency power. This could be realised with the help of modular photovoltaic cells that can be used for recharging or for energy delivery during peak periods or power outages.
V2G electric driving is exciting
Another exciting function that EVs can offer when they are integrated into PV inverters is vehicle-to-grid (v2g electric driving). This means that the EV battery can supply energy to the grid or reduce its charge rate as part of an asset demand -service. This is particularly useful because smart PV inverters and distributed energy systems are starting to replace the centralised electricity grid.
A significant effect of this could be that the standard high peak times shift. And this is just the beginning. As the industries continue to grow, their growth and impact are expected to increase. This could contribute, for example, to the switch to electric company cars is going faster and the development of national charging points networks getting a boost.