Dundee electric vehicle project adds innovative energy storage system

Dundee electric vehicle project adds innovative energy storage system
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UK company Connected Energy has been selected to supply an innovative energy storage system for an electric vehicle project in Dundee, Scotland.

Connected Energy’s innovative energy storage system is called E-STORAGE 60/90 (E-STOR) and will be installed alongside an electric vehicle charging hub, which will be the flagship site of Dundee City Council’s ‘Go Ultra Low’ Cities project.

The hub will be constructed over the next few months and will incorporate six rapid chargers and solar canopies, and Connected Energy’s E-STOR system will be used to demonstrate the economic viability of the system. In this way, Dundee hopes its system will justify and lead the transition towards electric vehicles in the UK.

What does the project entail?

The E-STOR system will manage the peak load, maximise the use of electricity generated through solar photovoltaics in charging vehicles, and take advantage of differing electricity costs throughout the day. In this way, the company hopes the technology will demonstrate the business case and reinforce environmental credentials of the project.

The innovative energy storage is also cost effective and sustainably constructed, making use of second-life electric vehicle batteries to provide its charging infrastructure.

What has Dundee City Council said about the project?

Lynne Short, convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said that the installation of a flagship electric vehicle charging hub would revolutionise the city’s renewables infrastructure.

She elaborated: “This is an important project for the city and it will take us to the next level when it comes to our charging infrastructure. Within the 26 square miles of perfection that is Dundee, we will have a charging network second to none and working with skilled and efficient suppliers is a key part of that.”

The UK has announced that it will phase out diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of its commitment to sustainability and decarbonising the transport sector. Supporting a transition towards cars which rely on renewable energy sources, including electricity, will require new infrastructure. Dundee hopes that the project will set a UK standard for this transition.

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