Kyocera and BYD to Develop Integrated Renewable Supply-Demand Energy System for EVs

June 03, 2019 by Scott McMahan

Kyocera Corporation and BYD Japan Co., Ltd., the Japanese arm of China's BYD Co. Ltd., a producer of electric vehicles (EVs), announced a joint project to develop an integrated renewable supply-demand energy system for EVs.

The project intends to combine the renewable energy from Kyocera's solar power generating systems and BYD's electric buses to maximize the effectiveness of renewable energy, greatly reduce power losses, and maintain a stable supply-demand energy balance.

For this project, Kyocera will develop the energy charge management system that will optimally control and manage the supply-demand balance between energy production and consumption using the company's aggregation technology developed during virtual power plant (VPP) test projects over the past several years. This system will also incorporate Kyocera's renewable energy generating system.

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Meanwhile, BYD will supply two models of electric buses; K9, a large electric bus already available and J6, a compact electric bus specifically developed for the Japanese market, which will be available in spring 2020.

Additionally, BYD plans to use its technological expertise in developing electric buses and insights from energy consumers to consult on the project.

Following the Paris Agreement of 2015, many countries and private enterprises around the world have been working toward developing innovative solutions to stop global climate change.

Since automobiles are significant contributors to global CO2 pollution, one top priority has become improve automotive energy efficiency.

In Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) encouraged the use of xEVs as part of its "Well-to-Wheel Zero Emission" policy which targets a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of around 80% per vehicle, and up to 90% per passenger vehicle from 2010 levels by 2050.

In proving the effectiveness of the supply-demand integrated energy system for electric buses, Kyocera will also investigate the potential of other renewable energy applications including independent power systems for residential, transportation, and ride-sharing services in collaboration with local communities, and power retailers, as well as transmission and distribution system operators.

After incorporating essential findings from this collaboration with BYD, Kyocera intends to demonstrate this energy system for EVs in 2020 to bring it to market in 2021.