Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Renault adds new solar panels to power its EVs with clean energy

Renault Brazil unveils a solar array composed of solar panels stretched out over 132 square meters at its industrial site, in São José dos Pinhais (Paraná). The system uses light energy from the sun to generate and supply electricity to power Renault Z.E. vehicles – ZOE, Twizy and Kangoo – and illuminate surrounding installations.
The system is consisted of 80 solar panels attached to roof-based mounting supports in an area that gives access to the Ayrton Senna Complex, with 80 panels generating approximately 20 kWh. The energy is generated continuously during the day, even when it is cloudy or overcast. The generation of clean energy is part of Renault’s strategy to improve energy efficiency and search for cleaner energy sources.

The power supplied can recharge an EV battery – such as ZOE’s – in only 2 hours. “The technology is very feasible and it is receiving widespread support, in addition to boosting EV effectiveness as a green urban mobility solution”, highlights Facilities Manager Fabio Re, who designed and implemented the project with his team.

Other than Brazil, Fabio Re has also promoted the installation of solar panels in other Renault sites, in France. Six industrial premises (Douai, Maubeuge, Flins, Batilly, Sandouville and Cléon) have covered parking lots where solar panels were installed, for a total of 400 thousand square meters, which is equivalent to 60 football stadiums. Altogether, the installations can generate 59 Megawatts, corresponding to 52,600 MWh a year, which would be enough to power a 15,000-citizen town for a year.

At the Ayrton Senna Complex, along with the new photovoltaic system, a new charging station was set up to charge up to two EVs simultaneously. The system was type-approved by ANEEL, the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency, and recognized and approved by COPEL, the electricity distributor in the State of Paraná.

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