Smart Solar Charging


Smart Solar Charging internationally recognized with IEA ISGAN Award

At the end of September, Smart Solar Charging was crowned winner of the prestigious ISGAN Award of Excellence by an international jury from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Rob Jetten, Minister of Climate & Energy, presented the award. With this, the collaborative project receives international recognition as the most innovative technology for a future-proof smart…

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Smart Solar Charging in pictures: Gamechanger of the Energy Transition

How can the electricity grid make the energy transition possible? The solution is surprisingly simple: storage of renewable energy in electric cars. The last five years, project Smart Solar Charging developed a citywide network of 500 special charging stations and nowadays 175 electric shared cars. The bidirectional charging stations can charge and discharge so energy…

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Utrecht first bidirectional city in the world due to collaboration Hyundai and We Drive Solar

In the presence of State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven, Alderman Eelco Eerenberg and Representative Huib van Essen, Hyundai signed an agreement this morning with strategic partners to make Utrecht the first region in the world with a bidirectional ecosystem. In this ecosystem, the batteries of electric shared cars are used for storage of sustainable energy…

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SEST Best Paper Award for Smart Solar Charging research

For their paper The Impact of Transitioning to Shared Electric Vehicles on Grid Congestion and Management Nico Brinkel, Tarek Alskaif en Wilfried van Sark received a Best Paper Award at the international Conference on Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (SEST). In this paper, the scientists from Wageningen University & Research and Utrecht University compare the profiles of shared electric…

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Smart Solar Charging one of five most innovative best practices of European sustainable policy

Smart Solar Charging was selected as one of five most innovative best practices in Europe of sustainable policy according to the Regiostars Awards organized by the European Commission. Starting from the Utrecht Region in The Netherlands, Smart Solar Charging develops and expands this sustainable energy system of tomorrow.

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Smart Solar Charging finalist prestigious European Regiostars Awards

Regiostars Awards is a prize for the most innovative best practices in Europe. Hereby the European Commission aims to inspire others. Of 206 submitted projects divided over five categories, Smart Solar Charging is picked as one of twenty-five finalists. Smart Solar Charging is a bidirectional charging system for electric cars. Car batteries can either charge…

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Project Smart Solar Charging nominated for Pathways to Sustainability Award

One of the three nominees for the Pathways to Sustainability Award is Smart Solar Charging, which accelerates the energy transition by contributing to energy neutral districts, cities and regions. The project is highly interdisciplinary, involves stakeholders intensively in co-creating the agenda and the activities and is expected to have great societal impact. Pathways to Sustainability Award Smart Solar Charging, NATURVATION and…

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Electric vehicles balance out voltage fluctuations in power grid

What is the impact of rapid fluctuations in electricity generation of solar panels induced by passing clouds on the voltage levels in the power grid? What is the potential role of electric vehicles in this system? The paper Impact of rapid PV fluctuations on power quality in the low-voltage grid and mitigation strategies using electric…

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Film: How Smart Solar Charging enables the energy transition

In the film Smart Solar Charging – Sustainable energy available anytime project partners explain how. What sustainable energy system will there be in the future? Smart Solar Charging in the Dutch city of Utrecht is a unique solution for the energy transition through storage of sustainable energy in car batteries. Discover how with project partners…

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PRESS RELEASE – Utrecht Science Park first campus with large bidirectional charging network

Living lab brings together innovative research and entrepreneurship Utrecht – With thirty-two brand new Smart Solar Charging vehicle charging points, the Utrecht Science Park is the world’s first campus that features bidirectional charging according to the new open ISO 15118 standard. This charging system can both charge and discharge electric cars, thus enabling them to…

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