2018-05-28
BMW in energy storage deal for ultra-fast EV charging

Dutch energy solutions company Alfen is supplying an integrated energy storage solution to enable electric vehicle charging for carmaker BMW.

The 1.1 MW system will be installed at BMW’s test location in Munich, Germany, and will incorporate an ultrafast charger for BMW Group’s EV prototypes.

The system is based on 34 BMW i3 car batteries and ensures maximum available power for the charging of EVs, irrespective of the capacity of the local power grid.

Alfen said: “One of the benefits of BMW i batteries is that these make the system transportable. This provides optimal flexibility to relocate the system to other locations in the future, wherever a backup for fast-charging of EVs might make sense. This addresses the increasingly imminent problem of concentrated fast charging of EVs in relation to the available grid capacity.”

Alfen has also signed an agreement with BMW to purchase the i3 car batteries for other storage projects.

Andreas Plenk, Global Sales Director for Energy Storage at Alfen, said: “We have been working with BMW i batteries at multiple storage projects, but are very proud to be selected to provide a storage system for one of BMW AG’s locations in Munich.

“As the energy transition evolves, we see more and more of our clients being interested in our integrated energy solutions capabilities, in which we combine our expertise in smart grids, EV charging and energy storage. We look forward to address the energy challenges of our clients.”

Source- Power Engineering International