Renewable energy EV charging points

Most electric vehicle charging points are powered by mains electricity. While there is an increasing proportion of mains power generated by renewable energy sources, the majority of the power is generated by non-renewable sources.

In Scotland's rural areas many of the existing and future charging points are located in settlements. These settlements have usually developed around a river or burn which was the water supply for the settlement. Many of these watercourses, especially in the Highlands and Islands have the potential for hydro-power generation. This provides the opportunity to develop small scale hydro schemes, with a storage system, to provide power to the electric vehicle charging point.

Green energy for green vehicles.

Why the contribution is important

The idea will help to expand the national network of electric charging points, especially in remote rural areas and up major transport routes such as the A9. Without the link between renewable energy and electric vehicles there will be only a small percentage of electric vehicles in rural areas charged by renewable energy. This could increase the percentage close to 100%.

by RichardJohnson on October 24, 2020 at 06:51PM

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  • Posted by NeilAdams October 25, 2020 at 07:26

    Completely agree. Electric vehicles can also help to smooth the supply & demand balance on the grid which helps grid stability when increasing the contribution from intermittent sources like wind
  • Posted by Eviaries October 26, 2020 at 00:39

    Yes, we run our electric car and bikes on our own micro-hydro. Instream hydros might be less damaging to river ecosystems. Dams and weirs can be harmful to fish and invertebrates.
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