IISc sets up off-grid EV charging station powered by Vikram Solar modules


The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Karnataka recently set up a solar-powered charging station at its campus under an Indo-UK collaboration on “Innovating for Clean Air Programme (IfCA).”

This zero-emission, off-grid EV charging system has been designed and implemented by UK-based GreenEnco. It uses Vikram Solar’s 16 mono PERC PV modules of 400 Wp each (reaching a cumulative capacity of 6.4 kW DC), a hybrid inverter and battery storage. It can also be implemented as an on-grid system.

The Innovating for Clean Air (IfCA) programme aims to support UK and Indian firms to tackle pollution at source, by introducing innovations that improve air quality monitoring, addressing challenges related to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, power grid management and the integration of renewable energy. 

The charging facility is available behind the JRD Tata Memorial Library at IISc campus, with the solar PV system installed on the Library’s roof.

IISc Sustainable Transportation Lab (IST Lab) will conduct the impact assessment of this charging facility headed by Prof. Ashish Verma, Convenor, IISc Sustainable Transportation Lab, and supported by GreenEnco. This project’s expected outcome is technical data analysis of solar PV performance and EV charging mechanism, commercial charging fees mechanism, customer behavior of EV users, support policy framework of e-mobility in India, and its challenges and opportunities.

Dr Jyotirmoy Roy, Founder and CEO of GreenEnco, said, “We have committed with our integrated green energy solution to help develop the fast EV charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in India. Our innovative solution will not only make an environmental impact, but locally procured system components will also help to develop a sustainable socio-economical ecosystem in India.”

Saibaba Vutukuri, Chief Executive Officer, Vikram Solar, added, “We are proud to partner with GreenEnco in this endeavour towards enabling solar energy adoption in thendeavor. The transport sector emits more than 70% of greenhouse gas. Any step to bring sustainability to this sector demands applaud. 

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