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Energies 2017, 10(10), 1604; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10101604

Designing a Sustainable University Recharge Area for Electric Vehicles: Technical and Economic Analysis

Dipartimento di Energia, Ingegneria dell’Informazione e Modelli Matematici, University of Palermo, 90133 Palermo, Italy
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Received: 13 September 2017 / Revised: 5 October 2017 / Accepted: 7 October 2017 / Published: 13 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Decentralised Energy Supply Systems)
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This article addresses the technical and economic challenges regarding the design of a “green” recharge area for electric vehicles at the University of Palermo in order to reduce costs and pollution connected to the charging process. Based on the behaviour of the student population, the electrical load is identified and two possible solutions are evaluated to manage the peak load: an orientation of the panels increasing the power at defined time and the use of a storage system. The main strength and weakness points of two systems are investigated by taking into account the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), which reaches 75.3 €/MWh for the orientation of panel and 103 €/MWh for the storage system. Furthermore, the cost of the topologies of power plant and the cost of energy are discussed in depth. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric vehicles; recharge area; photovoltaic; state of charge; automotive electric vehicles; recharge area; photovoltaic; state of charge; automotive
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Miceli, R.; Viola, F. Designing a Sustainable University Recharge Area for Electric Vehicles: Technical and Economic Analysis. Energies 2017, 10, 1604.

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