The EV charging system uses PowerFlex’s Adaptive Load Management (ALM) technology. This patented technology, developed out of Caltech, maximizes the delivery of power to electric vehicles while reducing or eliminating the need for costly utility upgrades by managing charging dependent upon driver’s demand, building load, and onsite generation. The PowerFlex ALM enables the site to more than double the number of charging ports compared to a typical circuit-sharing method.
The smart EV charging platform is designed to flatten charging consumption and shift the consumption into the middle of the day to align with solar production. The integrated system is tailored to the facility’s energy characteristics, turning the solar carport and EV charging stations into a sustainable clean energy asset that reduces operational energy costs with no up-front capital costs.
According to Max Wilcox, Business Development Manager for PowerFlex, “It takes an innovative client like the Buck to push the boundaries of scalability and power management to build for the future of electric vehicles. We are pleased to build upon our relationship to help Buck meet their energy and EV charging needs in a sustainable way.”
“As a scientist who is fully invested in promoting and utilizing electric vehicles whenever and wherever possible, it’s really rewarding to have this EV charging system fully operational on our campus,” said Buck professor Simon Melov, PhD. “Doing our part to address climate change and support a healthier environment definitely supports the Buck’s efforts to help people live better longer. Kudos to PowerFlex for bringing their cutting-edge technology to our campus.”
In 2016, EDFR built a 1.11 MWp solar carport system on a 4-acre upper parking lot at the Buck whereby the energy generated is delivered to MCE customers including the Buck Institute. The project marked the largest solar PV facility in Marin County at the time allowing Buck to forge a partnership with EDFR and be part of the solution to reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions.
PowerFlex is a part of EDF Renewables North America, a market leading independent power producer and service provider with 35 years of expertise in renewable energy. The Distributed Solutions group offers on-site clean energy for office buildings, load serving entities, corporates and industrials. The company delivers solar, storage and electric vehicle charging stations as separate products or combined as a full microgrid offering.
Buck Institute EV Charger System Video: https://youtu.be/cCr4MPbGz64