Delta Receives DOE Funding to Streamline Development of EV Charging Infrastructure

January 02, 2012 by Jeff Shepard

Delta announced that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Delta Products Corp. nearly US$2 million in research project funding. The research project will develop smart-grid enabled residential electric vehicle chargers over the next 3 years that will allow the quick deployment of charging infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) to help reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.

Dr. Herman Chang, general manager of Delta’s Charging and Microgrid Solutions Business Unit said, "The DOE’s awarding the research project in EV Charging infrastructure is high recognition for Delta’s advanced R&D capabilities and innovative product design. The project also aligns with Delta’s mission: "to provide innovative, clean, and energy-efficient management solutions for a better tomorrow."

Delta Products Corporation has teamed up with electric utility and automotive manufacturing companies in North America to develop innovative electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) to minimize the cost of communications between charger and grid, and meet local demand for smart charging.

The DOE has specified that next generation EVSE should support smart-grid functionality. With smart chargers and smart grid technologies, the grid can more efficiently manage the availability and reliability of power, especially during peak times and at popular charging locations. With smart-grid communications, not only is the distribution grid better optimized for lower energy costs, but it also lowers the charging costs for consumers while promoting faster and more efficient charging.

More news and information regarding the latest developments in Smart Grid electronics can be found at Darnell’s SmartGridElectronics.Net.