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Using Smart Micro Grid to Charge Electric Cars From Renewable Energy Sources

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has developed technologies and algorithms that enable it to charge its fleet of electric cars using wind energy.

Published: 07-Mar-2014

The ability to charge up to 30 electric cars at once requires some ingenious energy management, which is why researchers in Germany are incorporating a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany's largest charging station.

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO scientists working with Daimler AG and the Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart, are developing a charging infrastructure and the energy management in a project called charge@work.

The network of charging stations for electric vehicles is becoming more tightly meshed. In Germany, the ratio of electric cars to charging stations is currently two to one and utility companies are pushing forward expansion of charging opportunities, especially in cities and metropolitan areas.

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