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Smart Charger Controller Technology Helps Make Electric Cars Economically and Environmentally Viable

Engineer Michael Kintner-Meyer (front) and his team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed the Smart Charger Controller technology (pictured) to manage peak demands in the electric grid once more electric vehicles hit the road. Battelle, which operates PNNL for the DOE, has licensed the smart charger controller technology to electric vehicle manufacturer ZAP for use in its charging stations.
California car maker ZAP plans to use the Smart Charger Controller technology developed at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in its charging stations internationally.  "The controller technology allows electric car owners to recharge their rides at times of lowest cost, and least stress on the grid."

The plans came after ZAP entered into a non-exclusive license with Battelle, which operates PNNL for the DOE.

"ZAP believes the patented smart car charging technology is an important feature to ensure the environmental viability of electric cars," said ZAP Founder and Director of Business Development Gary Starr.

Vehicle owners program the controller by setting the time they want the battery to be fully charged and the controller does the rest. The controller uses a low-range wireless technology to communicate with the power grid and determine the best and cheapest time to recharge vehicles. By charging during off-peak times, the controller saves electric car owners money and helps maximize the capacity of the electrical grid during periods of peak demand.

"If millions of owners plug in their electric vehicles to recharge after work at the same time, it could cause stress on the grid," said PNNL engineer Michael Kintner-Meyer. "The Smart Charger Controller will prevent those peaks in demand from plug-in vehicles and enable our existing grid to be used more efficiently."

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NEMA Advances Energy and Climate Legislation: Congress returned April 12 with a full plate of issues, and energy and climate legislation is expected to receive significant movement with a pledge from Majority Leader Reid to bring a full bill before the Senate. Over the past months, NEMA has been active in discussions with Senators Kerry (D-MA), Graham (R-SC), and Lieberman (I-CT) on a new framework to address greenhouse gas emissions via a targeted sector approach. A bill is likely to be unveiled this month and would be coupled with extensive energy legislation provisions that NEMA has championed in a bipartisan manner during the past months under the leadership of Senators Bingaman (D-NM) and Murkowski (R-AK). NEMA is also pushing the Building Star legislation, working on an Industry Star initiative, and energy tax bills, S 1637, S 1639, and HR 4226. NEMA is leading efforts to support energy-efficient products and deployment of advanced technologies. Click here to contact Congress to support Building Star.

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International News

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Renewable Energy Partnership Launched for Southern and East Africa
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, in cooperation with eight partner countries and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), launched its Energy and Environment Partnership program with Southern and East Africa (EEP-SE&A).

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  • Yaskawa Welcomes New CFO and VP of Finance
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  • NEMA and AIA Renew Call on Congress to Extend Commercial Building Tax Deduction
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  • Department of Energy Selects NEMA to Produce Smart Grid Educational Videos
    NEMA’s "Vids for Grids: New Media for the New Energy Workforce" is one of 54 Smart Grid workforce training programs being funded. In collaboration with Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and member manufacturers, NEMA will produce a series of short videos that demonstrate Smart Grid equipment, explain electrical engineering concepts, and portray careers in electrical manufacturing. Upon completion, the videos will be available to the public. 04/09/10

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