Rome Welcomes EVs With Toshiba Smart Grid

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The city of Rome, Italy is poised to welcome electric cars to its streets, according to Toshiba. The electronics giant announced this week that its Italian subsidiary Ansaldo Transmissione & Distribuzione S.p.A (Ansaldo T&D) won a contract to supply a smart grid distribution system to ACEA Distribuzione S.p.A (Gruppo ACEA), one of Italy’s leading public utilities. The system will include a solar power array and storage batteries, as well as a control unit and smart meters.

Ansaldo T&D will start the installation in December (2011) in Raffineria, an ACEA substation, with ACEA scheduled to start operations and maintenance the following spring (2012). Once operational, the system will supply power to a network of EV charging stations – considered an integral part of a smart grid.

The solar power system to be installed is a 10KW array, and the storage batteries are Toshiba’s 45KWh rechargeable batteries (SCiB). The smart meters – provided by another Toshiba subsidiary, Landis+Gyr – will provide real-time data pertaining to the array’s power status and the battery charge levels, as well as the demand at the EV charging stations.

Points to Rome for promoting not only low/no-emission electric (and hybrid) cars, but also using a green energy source to do it!



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