Clean TX, the clean energy and technology industry group for Central Texas, is hosting an event on March 4 to demonstrate the a new solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging project in Austin, located at the Concurrent Design office in north Austin. The project is a unique collaboration between four Austin-based companies actively engaged in the solar industry: SolarBridge Technologies, Circular Energy, SolarWing and Concurrent Design.
At the event, on Tuesday, March 4 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to hear from local solar and clean tech business leaders about the technology involved and view new electric vehicles from Tesla, Chevy, Nissan and Car2Go. Free and open to the public, the event will take place at Concurrent Energy, 11500 Metric Blvd.
Among the leaders scheduled to speak at the CleanTX Solar Energy Entrepreneurs Networking (SEEN) event are Will Wynn, former Mayor of Austin; Tom Ortman, president of Concurrent Design; Craig Lawrence, VP of Product Management and Marketing for SolarBridge; JC Shore, CEO and Founder of Circular Energy; Shey Sabripour, CEO of SolarWing; and Karl Popham, Austin Energy Manager of Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies.
About the Project
The installation features two SolarWing canopies equipped with EV-charging equipment that enable Concurrent Design employees and guests to charge their EVs on renewable energy. The structure can accommodate up to four vehicles.
Circular Energy, a local full-service solar design and installation company, engineered and installed the system, which showcases innovative products from other Austin-based companies such as the patented solar carport structure from SolarWing. The project also includes 30 MAGE AC solar modules, ideal for small commercial and residential locations. Each AC module contains an integrated SolarBridge microinverter that directly converts the DC voltage into grid-connected AC power. ACPV systems can produce up to 25 percent more energy than conventional DC PV systems, and greatly simplify the design and installation of solar.
The 7.5-kW system at Concurrent will produce approximately 34 kilowatt hours per day of solar energy, enough to charge about four Chevy Volt commuter vehicles per day. Concurrent can track both the energy production of the solar array and its energy use with two monitoring systems. The SolarBridge Management System monitors real-time operating performance of each solar module and provides detailed analytics of the system’s production. Circular Energy’s CURB software combines the building’s consumption data with the solar energy production data in an integrated visual display. Using CURB, Concurrent Design can also see a breakdown of the consumption of the car charging station and other large building equipment.
For more information and to register to attend this free event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seen-17-solar-energy-solar-wings-and-the-future-of-transportation-tickets-9463759359
— Solar Builder magazine