Solar car parks to pop up across Scotland in pilot project 

Posted: March 28, 2019 by oldbrew in Energy, News, Travel
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This looks like a ‘build it and they will come’ strategy. But the problems of EVs such as high cost, range anxiety and heavy depreciation mainly due to uncertain battery life, are not going away – as shown by the very low numbers of adopters compared to fuel-burners. Using EVs to help charge the grid, as proposed here, could adversely affect their battery life.

A consortium is preparing to start building solar-powered car parks across Scotland as part of a trial project for so-called Smart Hubs that will feature both EV charging points and battery storage, reports

The six trial sites will also include vehicle-to-grid facilities (V2G) so EVs can feed energy back into the grid when necessary.

The Scotsman reports that the consortium behind the project involves several energy companies, among them Flexitricity, Turbo Power Systems, Flexisolar, and Smart Power Systems, which are hoping to have the pilot car parks ready later this year.

The aim of the project, however, is not just a way of spurring greater EV adoption. The solar-powered car parks will also alleviate the potential pressure of EV charging on the grid, which, the daily notes, is already strained. If successful, the project will be expanded into other parts of the UK.

The UK has pledged to phase out gasoline and diesel cars by 2040, but the Scottish government is even more ambitious: it eyes 2032 as the year when there will be only EVs on its roads. The goal is truly ambitious, especially in light of estimates that say by 2030 there will be some nine million EVs on UK roads.

While that’s not enough to replace the current ICE fleet, it is a substantial number, and having solar-powered charging sites would help the grid cope with the increased demand.

Full report here.

  1. tom0mason says:

    Almost lost for words…
    Scotland — not known for long sunny days throughout the year.
    Recharging EVs takes a long time, and at these (proposed) less than ideal Scottish solar charging station, on a cold overcast morning would take how long?
    Maybe take a Honda petrol generator there and make some money on the side!

    Umm, how long to refuel an ICE or hybrid vehicle on any morning, regardless of the weather?

  2. ivan says:

    I can’t help wondering who this consortium of spivs conned the million pounds from to start this scam.

    Maybe it was the Scottish Government in their scramble to be a big virtue signaller with their push to be ICE car free by 2023.

    The comments in the newspaper article are ‘interesting’ to say the least.

    To add to tom0mason’s comment, how happy would the EV owners be if they came to collect their car on a dull day and found the battery completely flat because it had been supplying power to the grid?

  3. oldbrew says:

    will feature both EV charging points and battery storage

    Somebody has to pay for this stuff in the end. Charging car batteries from batteries isn’t going to work on a mass scale – too expensive and just too many batteries needed, plus all the subsidised greencrap to charge them up.

    This looks like mickey mouse virtue signalling for the EV few.

  4. BLACK PEARL says:

    Wish they would have another Scottish referendum for Independence and see who would pay for all this !
    Would really like to see a hard border through Kielder coast to coast and see how it went.
    Would be a great for patrol / boarder guard jobs up here and a tourist attraction with viewing towers and tax collection points as our Scottish cousins go back and forth across for cheaper fuel (“pip squeaked” taxed to death I would suspect) and food stuffs and living on wind & solar showing us all how it can be done.

  5. MrGrimNasty says:

    Solar powered with few shipping container-sized diesel generators for ‘back-up’ I expect.

    Or else closed between October and March and all night!

  6. oldbrew says:

    Wind Power Chaos Reigns: Scots Build Diesel Generators & Brace For Week-Long Blackouts
    January 4, 2019 by stopthesethings

    Wind farms will be unable to Black Start the grid for several reasons.

  7. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Soo, they are going to provide charging points for EVs that need juice, and discharging points for EVs that have too much juice. Err, so why dont they cut out the ‘solar and batteries’ bit and just let those EVs that have too much (as if!) connect directly to those that need charging? Quiz: Did a Scotsman write Alice in Wonderland?

  8. Coeur de Lion says:

    Fun to watch!

  9. stewgreen says:

    “The streets of London are CONGESTED with Uber drivers, driving old Toyota Prius’s with clapped out batteries,
    .. so they are driving on petrol all the time, but DON’T need to pay the Congestion Charge”
    (They don’t use new Prius’s cos at 78g/km they actually come over the 75g/km CO2 limit)