Off-Grid Carbon-Impartial Built-in EV Charging Complicated

The proposed off-grid built-in system will likely be very helpful when there’s a sudden grid failure. It’ll proceed to offer charging for two- and four-wheelers. In addition to it can allow bio-CNG allotting, sale of milk, sale of natural manure, sale of cow urine for medical utilization that may even be exported, and allow you to declare carbon credit as effectively.

Many new applied sciences are getting launched throughout the size and breadth of our nation, reminiscent of:

  • EV charging stations
  • Compressed biogas crops
  • Agri-voltaic farms (coming quickly)
  • Battery primarily based vitality storage programs (coming quickly)
  • Hydrogen era programs (coming quickly)

As of in the present day, all these programs are being deliberate in silos and are being constructed as unbiased programs. However that is the proper time to plan built-in programs, which might provide further advantages, aside from their meant use. It’ll permit us to derive a number of advantages. A short introduction to every of the above listed applied sciences is given beneath.

Fig. 1: High view of Agri-voltaics farm unfold over one acre land with 900 panels mounted in alternate slots

EV charging stations

The variety of electrical automobiles is growing day-to-day, which can be growing the necessity for EV charging stations. Each authorities and personal corporations have began constructing charging stations. These stations are of two important classes: throughout the metropolis and alongside the highways. Right here we will deal with the charging stations being put in alongside the highways and main roads between cities.

Nearly all of those charging stations are grid-based. Grid-connected programs are simple to put in, want much less funding, and take up much less area. Nonetheless, they will put an enormous load on the already overloaded grid. Additionally, think about what is going to occur if there’s a grid failure?

Due to this fact, to sort out such a scenario, we must always have some off-grid charging stations as effectively. Such charging stations will cut back load on the grid and will likely be very useful in case of a chronic grid failure.

There are two- and three-wheeler chargers in addition to four-wheeler chargers. The four-wheeler chargers themselves are of three sorts.

Degree 1 (L1) chargers

These are sluggish chargers that take eight to 10 hours to cost a depleted battery. Therefore these are utilized in residences for in a single day charging.

Degree 2 (L2) chargers

These take about 4 hours to cost. Such chargers are put in in housing complexes, workplaces, eating places, malls, and so on.

Degree 3 (L3) chargers

These are DC superfast chargers. An L3 charger can cost a depleted battery to 80% inside an hour or two. These are particular chargers which can be put in by the automotive producers or authorities companies alongside the freeway.

Fig. 2: Close up view of Agri-voltaics farm showing 3 panels attached together and mounted in alternate slots in each row
Fig. 2: Shut up view of Agri-voltaics farm exhibiting 3 panels connected collectively and mounted in alternate slots in every row

Compressed biogas crops

Biogas crops are fairly widespread. These crops use bio waste materials, cow dung, and so on, and produce methane gasoline. This gasoline is generally used for cooking. Nonetheless, if we’ve to make use of it for CNG automobiles or for turbines, the uncooked biogas needs to be handled; it incorporates carbon-dioxide, water vapour, and hydrogen sulphide gasoline. When these undesirable gases are eliminated, we get 90% focus of methane, which is then compressed. Compressed biogas is an efficient substitute for CNG.

If biogas is used to generate electrical energy utilizing customary accessible bio-gas turbines:

  • One cow gives 1000kWh (items) {of electrical} vitality per yr
  • One cow gives 2.75kWh vitality per day
  • Hundred cows present 275kWh vitality per day

If biogas is used for making bio-CNG:

  • One cow gives 1.5 cubic metres of uncooked biogas per day
  • Hundred cows present 1500 cubic metres of uncooked biogas per day
  • If purified, 100 cows present 900 cubic metres of pure methane per day

Agri-voltaic farms

Agri-voltaics is a mixture of agriculture and photo voltaic photovoltaic (PV) vitality era. PV energy crops want massive stretches of land. Often, the land chosen for PV installations is barren land. In lots of locations fertile land can be getting used. If agriculture land needs to be used, then agri-voltaics ought to be most well-liked.

In agri-voltaics, the PV panels are put in at a peak of greater than 244cm (8 toes). And solely 50% space is roofed by the panels, as proven in Fig. 1. Fig. 2 reveals shut up view of an meeting of three panels every.

The gaps between the panels permit the daylight to fall on the land beneath, allowing cultivation. Within the shade of photo voltaic panels, varied sorts of vegetable and flowers could be simply grown. Because the land is partially shaded, the crops want much less water. Regardless of much less water utilization the yield is identical or generally higher.

The presence of crops gives cool air to the photo voltaic panels. Cooler PV panels produce elevated energy output. The water used for cleansing the panels irrigates the crops and doesn’t go waste. The farmer is assured of normal earnings by promoting electrical energy generated by the PV panels. Additionally, he can do the farming and double his earnings.

Allow us to take a look at a PV system design:

  1. One acre space=43560sq ft
  2. Space of every 300Wp PV panel =6.5×3.25=21.125sq ft
  3. Variety of 300Wp panels attainable=43560/21.125=2062
  4. Variety of panels if solely 50% space is roofed=1031
  5. Panels after leaving 13% space for development=900
  6. With 3 panels in every PV meeting, variety of assemblies=300
  7. Slots with 20×30 association =600 (adjoining slots left vacant)
  8. Energy output=300Wp×900= 270,000Wp or 270kWp
  9. Charging energy (assuming 90% effectivity of chargers)=270× 0.9=243kWp
  10. Common charging energy accessible for 8 hrs on a sunny day =200kW
  11. Most variety of 25kW expenses which could possibly be run=8
  12. Complete vitality generated in 8 hours=200kW×8hrs=1600kWh or 1600 items

Battery-based vitality storage programs

Electrical grid will get energy from varied sources, reminiscent of coal energy crops, hydel turbines, nuclear, photo voltaic, and wind. As a higher variety of photo voltaic and wind energy crops are getting put in, the renewable vitality content material within the combine is growing.

Sadly, the renewable vitality sources are extremely variable and unpredictable. This poses drawback for the grid stability. Generally there’s extra energy era and different occasions there’s sudden discount in generated energy.

With a view to stabilise the grid, there’s want for short-term vitality storage. A battery financial institution can be utilized in such a scenario. When there’s extra vitality, the batteries can retailer the vitality. When there’s demand for vitality from the grid, saved vitality from the batteries can be utilized.

Despite the fact that use of batteries seems to be a easy resolution, the price of these batteries could be very excessive. Fortunately, this being a land primarily based utility, measurement and weight of batteries is just not very essential. Therefore, even the cheaper lead-acid batteries can be utilized.

An alternative choice for decreasing the associated fee is to make use of discarded lithium-ion batteries from electrical automobiles. Such batteries nonetheless have about 75% storage capability. These batteries can be utilized for a couple of years, as their second life.

Gravity batteries

Because the demand for lithium-ion batteries is growing, the costs of metals like lithium, cobalt, and nickel are taking pictures up, leading to elevated worth of lithium-ion batteries. To beat this drawback, alternate options reminiscent of gravity batteries are being examined.

A heavy block of cement is raised utilizing a crane or elevator mechanism. The block acquires potential vitality proportional to the peak to which it’s raised. When energy is required, the block is slowly lowered, which drives the generator. Such batteries are cost-effective and have life span of greater than 25 years.

Right here is an instance of the gravity battery’s capability:

  1. Potential vitality=[(mass× acceleration due to gravity×height)/ 3600]Wh
  2. Mass in kg, g=9.81m/sec2, peak in metres
  3. For 100-ton slab, raised to 100m peak, vitality saved=27.25kWh

Hydrogen era programs

Hydrogen is rising as an alternative choice to fossil fuels. To make inexperienced hydrogen, renewable vitality is used. When present is handed via an electrolyser, it splits the water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen.

Hydrogen has many makes use of

We will combine hydrogen with CNG as much as 20%. This combination of gases can be utilized in the identical gear as the unique CNG generator or car, with none modification to the engine. Additionally, the protection precautions stay the identical as for pure CNG dealing with. Thus, every time renewable vitality is on the market in extra amount, it may be saved as hydrogen gasoline.

The above calculations assume common values of the parameters and are for common steerage solely. Whereas designing an precise system extra correct knowledge needs to be thought of. For instance, kind of PV panel, the typical daylight situations for the chosen area, breed of the cows, and so on could have massive affect on the accuracy of calculations.

A phrase of warning. Inexperienced hydrogen is an rising discipline, and the gasoline is extremely explosive in nature. There are security issues whereas dealing with hydrogen. Authorities has introduced Nationwide Hydrogen Mission. We have to arrange secure working procedures and may have skilled manpower to deal with the gasoline. Until then, it isn’t advisable to go for hydrogen primarily based programs. It could take a couple of years to succeed in maturity stage.

System design

The structure of proposed EV charging advanced is proven in Fig. 3. The agri-voltaics farm is central to this technique, round which the entire advanced is designed. This farm generates DC energy in daytime from the daylight. The PV energy is equipped to DC superfast chargers, L2 chargers, and 2- and 3-wheeler chargers.

Normal L2 chargers want AC enter. Due to this fact, an inverter is used to transform DC provide to AC earlier than connecting to L2 chargers. The DC and L2 chargers want a couple of tens of kW, therefore these will work solely when daylight is robust. The two- and 3-wheeler chargers want a lot much less energy, so these will begin working as quickly because the solar rises.

EV charging as a service gives good return on funding as in comparison with promoting vitality to the grid.

Each time there’s extra PV energy, it may be saved within the batteries. If the DC voltage drops on account of clouds, energy from the battery can be utilized to help the provision.

When the batteries get totally charged, extra PV energy can be utilized for hydrogen era. The electrolyser splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen could be saved in a storage tank. The best means to make use of this hydrogen is to combine it with CNG. As much as 20% hydrogen could be blended while not having any modification to the CNG system.

As talked about earlier, inexperienced hydrogen expertise is in preliminary phases of improvement. Dealing with hydrogen, on account of its explosive nature, could be very difficult. We’ve to attend until this expertise matures earlier than utilizing it. Therefore, within the preliminary implementation of proposed EV charging system, we have to discover out an alternative choice to hydrogen electrolyser.

One easy various is to have second set of batteries. This could be a chemical battery or a gravity battery. Gravity batteries could have very lengthy life as in comparison with chemical batteries.

A cow-shed could be established close to the farm. As talked about earlier, the land beneath the PV panels can be utilized for farming. Within the proposed scheme, the land is used to provide fodder (contemporary grass) for the cattle. After assembly fodder requirement, if nonetheless there’s spare land accessible, greens and fruits could be grown for added earnings.

Common earnings could be earned by promoting cow’s milk. There’s additionally an enormous demand for cow urine for medical functions. The cow dung can be utilized for the biogas plant. The uncooked biogas generated incorporates carbon-dioxide and water vapour. As soon as these two are eliminated, we get 90% methane, which could be compressed to get bio-CNG.

This compressed bio-CNG can be utilized for electrical energy era throughout evening. The output of this generator is AC, which could be instantly fed to the L2 chargers. A rectifier is used to transform AC to DC for the DC superfast charger.

In summer time, the PV energy generated is greater than in winter. Therefore, in summer time we could have extra bio-CNG within the tanks. Extra bio-CNG could be stuffed within the automobiles via the CNG dispenser, as proven in
Fig. 3.

Fig. 3: Layout of proposed EV charging complex
Fig. 3: Format of proposed EV charging advanced

The PV panels could be put in on roof-top of the cow shed. This may additional improve the PV energy era, offering further earnings.


The proposed system is pretty advanced. Due to this fact, full automation needs to be performed for correct operation of the system and to maximise return on funding. Additional, all security programs ought to be put in for avoiding any untoward incidents.

The photo voltaic radiation and climate modifications are extremely fluctuating. Therefore, climate forecasts for subsequent few days ought to be supplied as enter to the automation system. Equally, the sample of demand for EV charging could be studied and fed as enter to the system.

Throughout extended spell of rains, the PV energy is probably not adequate for assembly the ability calls for. In that case, for few days, the traditional CNG could possibly be used as a backup gasoline. Use of synthetic intelligence and machine studying program will likely be very helpful for optimum operating of the system.


The proposed scheme could be carried out in two steps. Step one is to examine technical feasibility. A pilot plant could be established and run for 2-3 years to achieve perception into the operation of the system. It’ll generate very helpful knowledge.

Within the second step, full-scale plant could be constructed, primarily based on the learnings from the pilot plant. Optimisation could be performed primarily based on the information accessible, with a view to cut back the price of the system.

The price of implementation will he on the upper aspect as a result of advanced nature, however this built-in system will provide a number of advantages. The return on funding will likely be a lot greater, which can cut back the payback interval.

Some benefits of the system are:

  • Off-grid operation reduces burden on grid on each day foundation
  • Off-grid operation is extraordinarily helpful throughout emergency grid outages
  • Shorter cables and fewer transmission losses
  • Carbon-neutral system
  • Self-sufficient with minimal motion of fabric

Some sources of income era are:

  • EV charging service
  • Bio-CNG allotting
  • Sale of milk
  • Sale of natural manure
  • Sale of cow urine for medical utilization (may even be exported)
  • Can declare carbon credit

And a few avenues of the financial savings from the mission are:

  • Autos used for promoting milk and manure get free charging or free CNG
  • Free electrical energy for the advanced
  • Conservation of water due to agri-voltaics
  • Additional energy era due to decrease working temperature of panels
  • Water used for cleansing the panels goes for irrigation
  • Fodder for cattle grown inhouse; much less value and no transportation
  • Car homeowners ready for EV to cost can go to cow shed and feed the cows


Alongside the highways there’s sufficient land accessible for implementing the proposed scheme. An built-in system gives many extra benefits. The return on funding is excessive. A lot of the inputs for operating the system can be found inhouse. Therefore there’s minimal motion of fabric.

Besides inexperienced hydrogen, all different applied sciences could be simply carried out. The gear required for the system is on the market throughout the nation. Thus, a pilot plant could be began with a lot of the gear procured domestically.

In future, extra superior applied sciences, reminiscent of gasoline cells, could possibly be used for extra environment friendly and silent operation. This off-grid system will likely be very helpful when there’s a sudden grid failure. It’ll proceed to offer charging for two- and four-wheelers.

Dr Vijay Deshpande at present works for photo voltaic vitality initiatives. He has additionally labored as electronics {hardware} engineer in a number of corporations

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