World's first combined solar and grid electric car charger

July 14, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
SolarEdge is launching what it believes to be the world's first inverter-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charger.

By supplementing grid power with power from a photovoltaic solar cell, the Level 2 EV charger offers charging up to six times faster than a standard Level 1 charger 

The HD-Wave inverter developed by US-based SolarEdge is integrated into the EV charger to provide management and monitoring of solar production but also enables EV charging from a single inverter and dashboard. The combined solution will offer considerable cost savings on both hardware and labour by eliminating the need for an additional conduit, wiring, and breaker installation. The solution will also eliminate the need for an additional dedicated circuit breaker, which saves space and a potential main distribution panel upgrade.

“SolarEdge is dedicated to developing innovative solutions for increasing the use of renewable energy and cost savings for our customers and end users,” said Guy Sella, CEO and Chairman of SolarEdge. “Adding EV charging to our growing-range of products further enables system owners to easily manage their energy needs."

Based on patent-pending technology, the EV charger is embedded into SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverter and makes use of its solar boost mode. This mode uses both grid and PV to charge at 9.6kW (40 Amp) Level 2 charging, which is up to six times faster than standard Level 1 charging. If PV is not available, the inverter-integrated EV charger will use grid power to charge at 7.6kW (32 Amp) Level 2 charging, which is up to five times faster than standard Level 1 charging.

With a 12-year warranty, the inverter-integrated EV charger offers potential future operating modes, such as demand-response and charging at off-peak hours to optimize Time-of-Use (TOU) rates. The inverter-integrated EV charger is expected to be available in the last quarter of 2017.

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