NextEnergy Update: September 2018
Jim Saber, President & CEO
As we welcome fall in Michigan, we also welcome a flurry of activity here at NextEnergy. To start it off, our team was lucky last week to host some of the brightest and best people working in mobility and energy, and we took advantage of the opportunity to talk to them on camera. I also had the chance to discuss some of the important work we are doing to further our mission to accelerate smarter, cleaner and more accessible technologies for cities and communities.
So, to change it up a little, we’re offering you the chance to either read or watch to learn more about our latest projects – whatever method you choose, we hope you find it informative!
EV charging standards
Last week NextEnergy was honored to host the CharIN alliance for a one-day CCS and ISO/IEC 15118 Interop Workshop and the first North American CCS & ISO/IEC 15118 Testing Symposium. The event supported CharIN’s primary objective of establishing the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the global standard for AC and DC charging and to enable multivendor interoperability worldwide.
Mobility experts from vehicle OEMs and EVSE manufacturers representing USA, Netherlands, France, Taiwan, Japan, Germany, South Korea, China, and Australia came together for thought-leadership and hands-on learning with the goal of accelerating the technologies, standards, policies and best practices that are helping to shape the future of electrified transportation.
New programs, announcements and what’s happening this fall.
Extreme Fast Charging: We are thrilled to be part of this ground-breaking, three-year, DOE-funded project to develop a solid-state transformer (SST)-based extreme fast EV charger (XFC) with industry-leading capacity up to 400 kW to provide capable EVs a 180-mile range with less than 10 minutes of charging. Led by a program development team of industry experts based out of Delta’s automotive division (Livonia, MI) and researchers from the Delta Power Electronics Laboratory (DPEL), located in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. Additional program partners include: General Motors LLC, DTE Energy, CPES Virginia Tech, the Michigan Agency for Energy’s Energy Office, and the City of Detroit’s Office of Sustainability. You can learn more about the program here.
The PlanetM Pilot Grant Program: NextEnergy has been named the project manager for this program that will enable mobility startups to deploy their technologies on roadways across the state of Michigan with the goal of making transportation easier, safer and more affordable for Michigan residents. The grant will fund multiple innovative mobility pilot projects of varying sizes that provide mobility solutions in Michigan communities. You can learn more and apply on the PlanetM website.
Finally, we look forward to welcoming guests from NASEO (National Association of State Energy Officials) here next week for a networking reception. This group of energy professionals from across the country will be in Detroit for their annual meeting to exchange best practices and for interactive sessions and discussions on transportation electrification, building-grid integration, and financing for energy innovation and infrastructure modernization. I will be participating in a joint discussion with OurEnergyPolicy.org titled “Smarter Together: Integrating Electric Vehicles, Buildings, and the Grid for Greater Efficiency, Intelligence, Resiliency, and Mobility.” I look forward to seeing some of you there.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to connect with me at any time!