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PowerStream charges electric vehicle research at Georgian College


April 19, 2013
By Anthony Capkun

April 19, 2013 – PowerStream and Georgian College say they are collaborating to better understand electric vehicles (EVs) and their charging demands. A new applied research initiative will be conducted by means of a charging station, complemented by solar power, at the college’s Barrie Campus.

“The charging station embodies the innovative and technological savvy that will allow our students to be leaders in sustainable technologies,” says MaryLynn West-Moynes, Georgian College’s president and CEO. “The launch of the station is also a timely and relevant way for the college and PowerStream to continue its multi-year partnership to effectively prepare the future utility sector workforce.”

The station will be the first of its kind in Canada with three levels of charging, says PowerStream, and the ability to collect data related to transferring power from the power grid to electric cars, and vice versa.

Research projects will include comparing the power charge quality of various battery EVs (BEV) and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEV) to make recommendations on modelling, investigating load-levelling schemes whereby cars are charged at non-peak times to lessen the impact to the power grid, and studying the potential use of electric vehicles for energy storage as part of renewable energy management.

PowerStream is investing $250,000 in the charging station, which will be used by students and faculty from Georgian’s School of Engineering Technology and Automotive Business School of Canada. They will work directly with PowerStream to undertake custom research projects.

The solar power-assisted EV charging station will be unveiled at the 28th annual Georgian College Auto Show on May 31.