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Inductive Charging For EVs To Be Tested In Berlin 123

cylonlover writes "The increasing availability of more practical electric vehicles has seen inductive charging technology attract the attention of those looking for for a cable-free way to charge EV batteries. German automakers are taking the opportunity to put inductive charging of EVs to a real-world test as part of the 'Effizienzhaus-Plus mit Elektromobilität' project. The project is a German government-backed initiative to build an energy-efficient house that generates more electricity than it consumes, with the surplus being fed back into the grid or used to charge the occupants' electric vehicles."
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Inductive Charging For EVs To Be Tested In Berlin

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  • Re:Problem? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @07:32PM (#38454684)

    Problem, comprehension? If the house has solar panels, wind turbines, etc, as well as being energy efficient in usage, then yeah, it could easily generate more electricity than it produces. You know, like a power plant.

    Problem, engineering? Even if the house has solar panels (optimistically 20W/sqft cite [yahoo.com]), wind turbines (in a heavily suburban area with trees, neighbors, kids who like throwing things into other things... cite [energybulletin.net] = maybe 200kwH per year), etc., as well as being energy efficient in usage...

    Okay, let's just stop there. Your fridge alone needs 600kwh. Hate to break it to you, but unless you live in a temperate climate that requires no heating, cooling, and the only major appliance in your house is a fridge, forget it hippy. There's a reason this is a major government backed initiative: It's almost hopelessly optimistic given today's technology.

    p.s. recursion is fun.

  • Re:Low efficiency? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by uncqual ( 836337 ) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @07:54PM (#38454894)
    I don't follow charging plug technology/standards. However if "spilling electricity" is a problem, it seems that something very wrong has happened in the standards process for these plugs. (The size/weight of a 300A cable for a very weak person might be more of a problem, although it seems like even that could be addressed by fairly simple mechanical systems to counterbalance the weight.)

    Presumably (I certainly hope!) the charging stations have GFCI protection to prevent injury/damage from some of the common screwups/failures (fault to ground through human being a particularly interesting one).

    A firm verified locking engagement of the cable and car presumably (again, I certainly hope) is required before power is enabled and breaking that locked engagement presumably shuts off the power.

    For extra credit, if the charging unit and the vehicle being charged ever disagree substantially on the amount of energy being transferred (due, for example, to a breakdown somewhere in the cable causing a short across positive/negative which would not be detected by GFCI but could lead to fire problems et al), the charger should presumably shut down (this might not be a very precise safety mechanism due to having to allow for varying resistances of cables/cars).

    For super extra credit, provide a standard mechanism to allow a car to identify itself though the plug via a cryptographically secure mechanism (similar to smart card). This would facilitate employers, for example, allowing employees to recharge their registered cars for free with a minimum of hassle without opening the recharging up to everyone in the parking lot. It would also allow cardless recharging at commercial recharging stations -- just plug into a charging station that is on the ShellCharge network and your car is instantly recognized and you're billed as appropriate. It would also allow a multifamily dwelling complex to provide chargers in a very transparent fashion to their residents.

What this country needs is a good five cent ANYTHING!