5 reasons why the electric car will accelerate the development of solar energy


Republished from Blog at Renews

Many people still see the electric car as a challenge for our electricity suppliers. In addition to overloading our networks, increasing demand for electricity in some states could increase energy consumption and increase dirty emissions of greenhouse gases. It is true that in many states and provinces in North America, much of the electricity is generated from oil and coal.

If until now, the impact of the electric car has been marginal, the arrival on the market of new, better and affordable models like the Chevy Bolt and the highly anticipated Tesla Model 3 will rapidly increase the share of electric cars on the road and, of course, electricity demand.

However, even if the electric grid may need some upgrading to meet the needs in some cases, in the end, the network will greatly benefit from the ability of electric cars to store a large amount of energy. The big issue with solar and wind energy is that they are intermittent. It is therefore not possible for energy producers to match the solar energy production with consumer demand. The ability to store energy will offer the possibility of adding a lot more renewable energy in electricity distribution networks.

Here are 5 positive impacts of electric cars that will facilitate the development of solar energy:

1. It can charge outside peak hours and when the network provides clean energy
The capacity to recharge the car at night is an incredible opportunity for electricity networks to monetize their infrastructure and integrate more intermittent energy sources such as solar power. Currently, a big part of the electricity network capacity is used only a few hours a year, as it must have the ability to meet the peak demands that occur only during periods of extreme cold in the north and heat waves in the south. 

There is no need for complicated systems to encourage electric car owners to charge their car overnight. A simple incentive-based pricing during off-peak hours will send a clear message. Most electric cars can be programmed to recharge at specific times.

More and more tools now permit rate-payers to view in real time the type of production used to produce electricity. Some electricity distributors therefore allow electric vehicle owners to maximise the recharging of their vehicle when the network is the cleanest. Of course, this period generally corresponds with off-peak periods. But if much of the network would be powered by wind or solar energy, the proportion of green energy in the network can vary greatly from day to day. Motorists could then adjust their charger to maintain a minimum load required to make routine trips. Then, when the network generates more clean energy, the charger can start to fill the remainder of the battery. What is interesting is that the more the fast charging network will be developed, the more it will be possible to maintain a low battery charge and thus have storage capacity available for periods when the network has a clean energy surplus to offer.

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2. The electric car can easily store solar electricity produced nearby
Although some electricity distributors offer incentive rates for customers that produce solar energy (Ontario offers a great rate for solar producers), most distributors only offer an electricity credit. It is therefore possible for electric car owners to use the surplus generated by the solar panels to recharge electric vehicles.

Across the network, the ability to store electricity near the place of production minimizes losses related to the electricity transmission over long distances.

So, with the exponential decrease in the cost of solar panels in recent years, it will be more interesting to combine an electric car with solar panels on the roof or solar carport such as iSun of renewz.

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3. The smart grid will soon allow electric cars to put electricity back into the electric grid.
In a few years, the «smart grid» will help families manage their consumption during the peak hours and this will substantially reduce these spikes. While it is already possible to optimize network utilization with current technologies, it is clear that when electric car share will be significant, the ability to integrate V2G (vehicle to grid) technology will dramatically optimize distribution networks. Rather than being built to withstand the significant peak demands, transport and distribution networks will really provide a continuous flow of electrons that can be stored in cars. Then, when demand peaks, the network will only have to pick up the extra energy required from cars that do not need this short-term energy.
With the steady decline in the cost of solar panels, this approach will make it easier for the power grid to manage intermittent energy sources like solar. The “smart grid” will also allow better use of the network of distribution and production, which will facilitate the integration of a larger percentage of green energy. This approach particularly promotes the development of solar energy.

4. The electric car helps to lower exponentially the cost of batteries.
Between 2010 and 2015, the increase in production capacity to meet the demand for electric cars helped decrease the cost of batteries from $ 1,000 to $ 350 per kWh of batteries. And it is far from over. GM said the cost of batteries for Bolt will be $ 145 per kWh. Thanks to investments in R & D and through the economies of scale associated with the exponential increase in production, it is hoped that the cost of batteries will cross the $ 100 mark by 2020. This is what said the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk at the announcement of his Gigafactory. The factory of Tesla built in collaboration with Panasonic aims to generate35 gigawatt-hours (GWh) per year when the project is completed in 2020. Tesla also did not wait for the start of production to unveil its range stationary batteries. Even before they hit the market, the Tesla Powerwall was already a commercial success with 18 000 units had been reserved one week after their unveiling.

More info:
The Electric Car Revolution Is Now Scheduled for 2022
Tesla Energy’s goal? Changing the “energy infrastructure of the world”

5. The old batteries will soon allow to store the intermittent energy
Some of the technologies discussed in this article will still take some time before being marketed and be deployed. But the imminent arrival of large quantities of used batteries will certainly allow energy suppliers to add energy storage capacity in their system to be able to better integrate intermittent energy sources. Most manufacturers who currently manufacture electric cars have already announced battery recovery programs in stationary battery applications. We do not yet know the role these batteries will play in the network of tomorrow. But one thing is certain, if they are not reused, it will mean that the cost of new batteries has fallen so much that the old batteries will be obsolete. That will be good news in itself, and it will always be possible to recycle rare metals contained in these batteries.

More info:
Daimler is reusing electric vehicle batteries to store renewable energy
Old electric car batteries will have a big future. Here’s why

In conclusion, although it is still difficult to predict how fast and how electric vehicles will be deployed, it seems clear to us that the rapid adoption of the electric car will have no negative impact on the power grid, but rather that its adoption will allow us to finally create a network that has the potential to be made of 100% clean energy.


Here’s where the provinces stand on carbon prices


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says price on CO2 will start at $10 tonne

By John Paul Tasker, CBC News Posted: Oct 03, 2016 5:47 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 03, 2016 5:47 PM ETteck-lawsuit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday the federal government will set a national “floor price” on carbon that all provinces must levy on emissions, a move that will force the nine provinces and territories that do not already have a pricing mechanism to act.

Trudeau said pricing should start at a minimum of $10 per tonne of carbon dioxide emissions in 2018, rising by $10 each year to $50 a tonne by 2022.

Roughly 85 per cent of Canadians already live in a jurisdiction that has a price on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions — programs in B.C. and Quebec are already up and running, with Alberta and Ontario soon to follow in January 2017.

Others must now implement either a carbon price or a cap-and-trade system in their jurisdiction, with the express purpose of reducing emissions to help Canada meet reduction targets set out in the Paris climate agreement.

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Mobisun/Starwind5: Mobile PowerStation 2.0

2.0 CONVERGENCE = BEST IN CLASS LCOE “Levelized Cost of Energy”

Especially when you have best in class components from Starwind5, Mobisun and their partner technology with companies like Schneider, Discover Energy, Canadian Solar, SKF and others as part of the solution.

It all equals a hybrid world class hybrid mobile power station with:

  • Low Mount Wind Powered Electricity Generation
  • Concentrated Solar Powered Electricity Generation
  • Fuel Powered Electricity Generation (Diesel, Propane, NG or Petrol)
  • Long Life Battery Storage
  • Browser based Cloud Management for Remote Monitoring & Control

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This means the Mobisun Mobile Power Station equipped with Starwind5 is ready for action , in just a few hours due to innovative shared “rapid stab”grounding, and super fast solar panel (under 15 minutes) and wind turbine deployment (under 30 minutes).

More importantly, you and your Android or Apple Mobile device are in control and always connected using the same browser based Dashboard, no matter where you are.

Better yet, you get 10 year warranty protection and “pay as you play” or scheduled service worldwide from marquee technology partners through your choice of local installer and maintainer.


Starwind5: OTS IoT SaaS: Cloud Magic

iot-kp-image“Internet of Things” IoT, is the latest rage these days. To de-mystify the expression in a few words is hard, but we will give it a try, IoT amounts to converting proprietary “M2M” Machine to Machine,industrial and utility control/monitoring/reporting applications where the end of these “Thing” networks (sensors, drives, SLCs (small logic controllers), motors, actuators, etc..,)  and their serial (USB, Zigbee, RS-4/2xx-x) or  real-time (Canbus other proprietary networking) communications activity and data are either gateway connected to and/or converted to the Internet Protocol based networks capable of supporting real-time “RT”  communications over the cloud ( A Cloud is made up of SDN “Software Defined Networks” where server infrastructure is living in VMs “Virtual Machines”, tended to by intelligent provisioning, monitoring and control management systems where end users access IoT capabilities via SaaS “Software as a Service” through their browser based device).

Now that was a mouthful. 🙂

OTS in the software world, simply means “Off the Shelf” which in IT terms means the ability to use either Opensource Software Solutions as is with little modification or shrink wrap software in the same sense. OTS In the hardware world  it means the same, where hardware vendor modification is allowed within the configuration options of the device, router, switch, etc…

SaaS is a well worn IT term nowadays “Software as a Service” which seems to apply to everything in the “Cloud”. When one lifts the hood on the “Cloud” however, there are multiple layers of which SaaS rides on top to serve up the Dashboards we run on our mobile devices these days from Web Servers, which are largely controlled by Application Servers (running on Enterprise Java Run-time Environments “JRE”) querying and storing their data through subsystems which are very good at optimizing the use of in memory and on disk Database Servers. These server layers, are complimented with Real time compiler & test (PaaS “Platform as a Service”), provisioning, monitoring, control and provisioning tools (IaaS “Infrastructure as a Service”, which themselves are often three tier servers of Web, Application and Indexed Database and/or Flat (multi media) File Data servers. Often all of the above are maintained by SPs “Service Providers” of different flavors, who host these environments at IXPs “Internet eXchange Points” found through out the physical world of the Internet, another fancy word for Shared Data Centers.

Ok enough of this tech stuff. What is important to know is Starwind5 leverages all of the above, as ready-made infrastructure, services and tool sets which is tightly integrated by Starwind5 together with it’s solution , technology and service partners as an integrated distributed power facility management architecture we call:

Starwind5 OTS “IoT SaaS” : Integrated with Mobisun and Schneider.

starwind5-data-sheet-logoStarwind5’s IoT is an “Off The Shelf” Internet of Things made available to end users, installers and maintainers as Software as a Service through their browser enabled devices, delivered as a set of useful remote control, monitoring and reporting dashboard mobile Apps and PC/Laptop browser-based Applications.

At Starwind5 we work with world class  power control and monitoring partner Schneider when integrating  Starwind5 with Mobisun.ca to deliver our Starwind5 OTS IoT capabilities as SaaS so as to be “browser” available anywhere in the world you decide to deploy your hybrid Mobisun/Starwind5 Mobile Power Station to support your off-grid power generation and storage facility.

Tight IoT Integration = Customized Monitoring/Control/Reporting Dashboards 

Starwind5 and Mobisun have worked together these past months to create a tight integration of IoT on top of the Schneider power control and monitoring IoT software platform found in the heart of every Mobisun Mobile Power Station to make it easy for Installer/Maintainers to operate their hybrid Wind/Solar/Diesel/Battery power generation and storage facility via easy to use Management Dashboards which load as Apps right on their Android an iPhone mobile devices and on their regular laptops and PCs as simple to use Browser “work anywhere” applications.

Starwind5/Mobisun’s tight integration manifests itself in a set of browser available Dashboards for easy to use remote monitoring, control and reporting of the  Starwind5/Mobisun hybrid Wind/Solar/Diesel/Battery based Mobile Power Station.

Pulling IoT together: Schneider/Mobisun/Starwind5- Cloud Magic

The SaaS part of the hybrid Wind/Solar/Diesel/Battery Starwind5/Mobisun Mobile Power Station  is provided by reliable third party worldwide SaaS SPs whose daily job it is to keep you connected and updated on the operation of your power facility through their easy to use Cloud Services, doing it all  for just a few dollars per month. This is the Magic of the Cloud and IoT. 🙂


Reposted with permission from R2 at Starwind5