The advantages of adding stationary energy storage to fast charging stations are well known. But chemical batteries may not be the only solution.
The Israeli firm Chakratec, established in 2013, manufactures a kinetic energy storage solution based on a flywheel. Chakratec says its “kinetic battery” can provide a virtually limitless number of deep charge cycles over its expected lifetime of 20 years. It’s also more environmentally friendly, as it uses no chemicals.
Chakratec has partnered with French charging solution provider DBT-CEV to combine its energy storage system with DBT’s fast charging stations. The companies say their jointly developed system can triple the power available from the grid.
The power booster is modular, starting at 100 kWp and scalable to multiple MWp.
“Car manufacturers are announcing new EVs, and behind the curtain we are making it possible,” said Alexandre Borgoltz, Sales Director of DBT-CEV. “These new electric versions will only sell if we are able to charge them safely anywhere, without stressing the grid. This collaboration allows chargers to be installed in remote locations where upgrading the grid makes no sense.”
“Chakratec is accepting orders and preparing for deliveries of its power booster with fast EV chargers in 2018,” said Nir Zohar, Chakratec co-founder and VP of Business Development.