Direct high-speed charging of electric cars by solar panels (Delft University of Technology)

Tierr@_de_N@die: A brilliant proposal from Delft University of Technology. The Dutch's are among the world leaders in e-mobility and in the research and development of new ideas for real life situations.

Solar panels (PV) generate direct current (DC) and this normally had to be converted to alternating current (AC) before it could be used to charge an electric car. ‘Charging stations are currently using the 50Hz AC network to exchange power between the solar panels and the vehicle,’ explains Chandra Mouli. ‘However, this is not efficient or cost-effective, for two reasons. Firstly, converting to AC results in unnecessary steps and loss. And, secondly, it requires two separate DC-AC converters, one for the vehicle and one for the solar panels, resulting in increased costs and dimensions.’

Source (TU Delft University): Direct high-speed charging of electric cars by solar panels