A joint solar charging research project funded by the Victorian Government, in partnership with Nissan, Delta Electronics and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), has commenced in Australia.

The aim is to confirm and enhance the environmental advantages, and cost savings, which come with owning an EV by maximising the use of renewable energies. Once the full study is complete, it paves the way to have solar power chargers installed without requiring updates to grid connections, and in areas that don’t have access to grid power.

Delta Electronics developed the cabinets that combine a solar system with battery storage and EV charging, while the CSIRO focused on the module that integrates with solar and battery systems to help charge multiple vehicles quickly, regardless of the weather.

Important infrastructure for the research has been installed at Nissan including a 5kW solar system to power the two solar charging units at the front of Nissan Australian’s head office, and another two charging units connected to a 10kW solar system positioned at the rear of the property.

At the conclusion of the solar power charging testing and evaluation period at Nissan Australia, Delta Electronics and the CSIRO will gather the data and hand down their findings and announce next steps mid next year.