Kyocera Communication Systems (KCCS) has installed a Solar Cycle Station for EVs at the headquarters of Shintec Hozumi in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The system uses solar-generated power to charge plug-in vehicle batteries, which can then be used as backup power in times of disaster.
Kyocera’s Solar Cycle Station is a solar-powered recharging station that uses the company’s photovoltaic modules. Kyocera launched the original system, for electric-assisted bicycles, in 2010. In 2012 it released a version designed to power EVs and PHEVs.
Shintec Hozumi installed a 230 kW Kyocera solar power generating system on the rooftop of its headquarters to provide clean energy for the building, and adapted Kyocera’s Solar Cycle Station for EVs to provide backup power in disasters.
KCCS undertook the design and construction, creating a recharging system that supplies solar power to PHEVs owned by the company, and can also route electricity from the cars’ batteries back to the building when needed during an emergency.