Georgia unveils the first EV-charging ‘solar roadway’ in the US

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The City of Peachtree Corners in Gwinnett County, Georgia, has launched a new solar roadway system that produces energy for an electric vehicle (EV) charging station at City Hall.

Separately, a new EV fast charging plaza for 16 vehicles has also been revealed in the city. The plaza is the inaugural project in Peachtree Corners’ new EV strategy, which can serve as a model for other cities.

The solar roadway is on a stretch of an autonomous vehicle test lane in the city Curiosity Lab Provided through real-world testing environments and a partnership The rayThe ground proved to be a non-profit in Atlanta.

The new system requires more than 1,300 kWh of electricity to be produced annually for Level 2 EV chargers in city hall, which is not available to EV motorists at any cost. The charger is also equipped with an energy storage system for night-time charging.

In the future, it could power streetlights and other infrastructure in the city, as well as back-up for grid outages, the city said.

Wattway Solar roadway panels manufactured by French company Colas Group in partnership French National Solar Energy Institute.

Solar road initiatives and trials have been started in countries like China And France but this establishment represents the first public road deployment in the US.

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Brandon Brantham, Chief Technology Officer and Assistant City Manager at Peachtree Corners, told City today: “This application is also the first time that the solar roadway is being used as the sole power source for an electric vehicle charging station, and not just to feed the grid with supplemental power.”

Test site

Early results from pilots elsewhere have cast doubt on the efficacy of solar roadways. Reported last year, after a three-year government-backed test of Wattway’s panels along a one-kilometer-long test road in Normandy, France said The technology was not economically viable or energy efficient.

Wattway’s panels are now designed to be more durable and efficient, which the company says has increased performance by 21 percent.

The walkway is on New trials in Normandy And using Curiosity Lab to test the latest version. More panels, which are glued on, can be added on pavements, bike lanes and other surfaces in the future.

On the ability to power other city infrastructure, Brantham said: “This type of scale has not been proven elsewhere and has made this test invaluable in the Curiosity Lab, as from power generation to installation and maintenance Everything will be monitored and used to achieve it. Scalability. “

The Ray, executive director, Eli Kelly, said: “In the near term, urban areas such as Peachtree Corners may be more relevant and flexible for deployment of solar roadways than highways and interstates. You can quickly connect energy generation with important uses such as charging docks for electric bikes and scooters, and even lighting and smart city infrastructure. In contrast, solar roadways on an interstate scale [are] Essentially the utility relies on a good connection to the grid, which is not always present and can generate significant costs for so-called ‘interconnections’. “

Take an initiative

In a separate initiative, Peachtree Corners has opened a new EV fast-charging plaza that can fast-charge 16 vehicles simultaneously. Deployment is the first step from the city’s new electrification plan developed with e-mobility consultancy Advice advice.

Hubbage’s analysis identified that Peachtree Corners was essentially an “EV fast charging desert”, especially considering growing electric vehicle ownership within and around the city. The company analyzed the electrical capacity to identify the ideal location for the city’s residential, commercial and retail layouts, as well as traffic patterns and charging plazas, located in Peachtree Corner Town Center.

Twelve Tesla V3 superchargers are now operating at the plaza as well as four universal charging stations. Two 350 kW chargers, and two 150 kW chargers, will go live in the new year. By early January, the plaza will be able to charge all types of EV models. It will be one of the largest public charging facilities in the state of Georgia and the largest in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Chargers were charged by network providers.

Model for electrification

Thomas Doran, Senior Director of Hubject North America commented: “We hope that this project with Peachtree Corners will inspire other municipalities nationwide to actively begin planning their city’s electric vehicle infrastructure, ensuring That residents and businesses are able to electrify easily. “

“Over 55,000 vehicles a day will pass through the main charging hub through the new charging hub, reflecting the broader impact of our initiative on the larger area,” said Brian Johnson, City Manager of Peachtree Corners. “It is not only an important economic driver for our city, attracting retail and other related activities, but it is also serving as a model for other communities across the country as electrification continues to expand is.”

The partnership between Hubject and Peachtree Corners is scheduled to continue in 2021 and activities will include additional grant-electrification projects and other EV charging efforts.

“As one of the first real-world smart cities in the country, we pride ourselves in leading with First’s – driving fully autonomous electric shuttles as well as regular vehicles, The world’s first fleet of telephoned e-scooters By far the largest EV charging hub in the entire metro Atlanta area has been deployed for residents. “With the help of Hubbage and our partners, we were able to create an advanced infrastructure plan that strengthens us as a model for a future American city – embracing the latest emerging technologies to improve the lives of residents Happened. “

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Published January 8, 2021 – 11:00 UTC