As the deployment of high-powered EV chargers continues to grow across the US, the issue of connecting them into a facility’s existing electrical system becomes a complex problem. Level 3 EV chargers consume a lot of power, installing five of them can easily add 2,000 amps to the existing electrical service infrastructure. Modifying or replacing the service entrance equipment can be very costly and limited by space constraints.
How to Instantly Increase Your Facility’s Electrical Service with E-Bloc!
E-Bloc is a microgrid, a small-scale power grid that can operate independently or collaboratively with other small power grids. It can effectively integrate various sources of distributed generation, especially renewable energy sources. As a pre-packaged service entrance switchgear it supports the rapid deployment of high-speed charging (Level 2 and Level 3) on your premises without changing the existing electrical infrastructure. E-Bloc is installed outdoors between the utility transformer and the facility’s existing service equipment. It directly feeds both the EV chargers and the facility’s existing load. No Modification is required to the building’s existing service entrance equipment. E-Bloc can be designed for various types of applications and is available in both low and medium voltage configurations; 600 V (5,000 A) to 34.5 kV.
The Benefits of an E-Bloc Microgrid
According to NREL, “A microgrid is a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources that act as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid. It can connect and disconnect from the grid to operate in grid-connected or island mode. Microgrids can improve customer reliability and resilience to grid disturbances.” E-Bloc can be equipped with the ability to support various distributed energy resources (DERs); solar, energy storage, engine generators and others. E-Bloc’s configuration is flexible, supporting DER additions as your budget permits.
Reduce Utility Bills with Renewable Energy Peak Shaving
Customers can take advantage of renewable energy peak shaving via solar and an on-board energy storage system (ESS) to lower energy bills. E-Bloc’s ESS can be customized to meet your energy consumption needs with up to 500kW of storage, residing on the same skid as the switchgear. Pre-assembled off-site, E-Bloc minimizes disruption to your facility, allowing you to operate your business as usual. Fuel cells or stand-by engine-generators can also be added to further increase resiliency. Your operation is never left in the dark with E-Bloc.
Managing and Optimizing your Microgrid
E-Bloc’s microgrid controls can be tailored to provide a basic level of functionality or complete automated real-time controls (data acquisition, monitoring, control, and optimization). The E-Bloc controller manages multiple DERs to meet your energy goals, including reducing energy costs, lowering carbon footprint (Net Zero), greater electrical reliability or any number of parameters.
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e-Boost Provides Off-Grid Mobile EV Charging
Foresight into the Impending Infrastructure Gap
Pioneer Power Solutions, E-Bloc and e-Boost’s parent company had been working with utilities on power distribution installations for decades. When Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill became law, Pioneer foresaw a delay in utilities keeping pace with the EV demand, and e-Boost was developed to bridge that infrastructure gap.
e-Boost Reduces Stress on the Grid
The electric vehicle (EV) market is poised for an explosion in sales. McKinsey estimated that the number of EVs in the U.S. would grow from less than three million today to more than 48 million in 2030. But as of 2022, there were only 5,900 locations in the US with the fastest Level 3 DCFC chargers available to the public compared to the 145K gas stations with multiple pumps in the U.S. Moreover, in its current trajectory, EV charging is aligned with grid infrastructure, which clusters around cities and dense populations.
e-Boost is a resource that reduces the anticipated stress on the grid and can provide charging along rural corridors in underserved or disadvantaged communities—a key consideration in recent funding requirements.
Flexible, Temporary or Permanent Solution and $12.5B in Funding
With the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s $7.5B funding ($5B under NEVI, plus another $2.5B targeting underserved areas) or the EPA’s $5B Clean School Bus grants, determining range, routes, ideal charging requirements and locations can take time to understand. Traffic patterns can change due to a special event—a weather related disaster, long holiday weekends, and other unanticipated anomalies. Under these circumstances, e-Boost can be utilized in temporary locations, relocated, and even provide backup power as needed.
Meet Funding Deadlines and 97% Uptime Requirements
Under both funding scenarios, infrastructure needs to be fully operational by specific dates. However, it often takes two years to bring adequate power, complete electrical permitting, construction, and installation at a site. e-Boost’s flexibility solves this dilemma with:
A Greener Fuel Today
Moreover, e-Boost decreases the reliance of fuel sources that produce significant amounts of GHG emissions. Propane is an approved clean fuel under the Clean Air Act since 1990. It is an approved Alternative Fuel for use along the Federal Highway Administration’s Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs), along which the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure’s $5B in funding will be applied. It emits significantly less GHG than power from the grid, diesel, or gasoline. Its storage flexibility means sensitive habitats remain undisturbed, no pipelines or high-voltage line installations are needed, and it is not reactive with the air, and therefore doesn’t harm the soil, drinking water or marine ecosystems. e-Boost can utilize renewable Propane (rLPG), commercially available today and together with renewable DME, provides a future-proofed design and pathway to net-zero.
Prevent Stranded Assets
e-Boost units are serviced by Pioneer’s Critical Power Group, which has been servicing power generation assets for three decades with a nationwide network. Ultimately, e-Boost provides the operational support that prevent stranded assets, another key consideration under NEVI funding.
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Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc.
Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: PPSI) is a leader in the design, manufacture, service and integration of electrical power systems, distributed energy resources, power generation equipment and mobile electric vehicle (“EV”) charging solutions.
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