Delta Taps into Smart City Tech

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Efficient use of energy is perhaps the biggest concern when it comes to determining the prevalence level of electric vehicles, but what happens in a future reality when all traditional combustion engine vehicles are replaced with electric ones? Will there be enough electricity for everyone to use? And we’re not just talking about enough charging piles.

Taiwan-based Delta Electronics Inc. (台達電子) is a global power management solution provider and a key electric vehicle charging pile and component supplier with customers across Europe, the US and Japan that is tapping into this issue. 

Delta has dived into the charging equipment market since 2008 and is now directing towards building bidirectional charging facilities. The two-way charger enables power to flow not only from the charger to vehicle but also the vehicle to grid, or vehicle to home freely.

Cars sit in the parking lots more than 95% of the time, so the vehicles can be charged off-peak while energy can flow from the vehicle back for home-use during peak hours of electricity demands in the evenings or during power shortages.

The vehicle can alternately serve as an energy saver.

Jui Yuan Hsu (徐瑞源), head of Delta Electronics charging solutions ascribes Taiwan power shortages to a massive influx of power demands during peak hours without saving up the unused energy off-peak. 

In a system where power can flow in-and-out of a vehicle freely, electricity can be used more efficiently, easing off the impacts that the electric vehicles as a whole might bring to the city’s power grid. A balance of power grid is what Delta is aiming to achieve.

Delta has implemented a bidirectional electric vehicle charging system in cooperation with Japan’s Kansai Electric Power last May, allowing electric car battery to become a source of energy responding to control system commands to complete charging and discharging within seconds.

He mentions as driverless cars come running on the roads, a steadily functioning data center will be a necessity. Energy saver means preventable power outages, ensuring safety driving for future needs. 

He revealed their newly developed charging piles to use on the sidewalks will be announced in the second half of this year. 

When talking about Taiwan’s EV market, he says there are three reasons for a bright outlook, the government is proactive, the industry is lively and carmakers are deploying resources. “I felt it from the end of 2020. Within months, already over 20 specs of electric cars are on the market,” he said.

 

Source: TechOrange (in Mandarin)

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