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Russelectric Adds Electric Vehicle Charging to Massachusetts Renewable Microgrid

Jan. 22, 2021
Systems will help maximize uptime and support business continuity

Russelectric, A Siemens Business and manufacturer of distributed energy and microgrid control systems for mission critical commercial facilities for 50 years, has added electrical vehicle charging capabilities at its Hingham, Massachusetts, facility.

In 2017, Russelectric installed a renewable, hybrid microgrid at its Hingham location, consisting of grid power, a solar photovoltaic power generation system, an energy storage system, and a diesel generator.

The microgrid was designed to serve as both a source of renewable and emergency back-up power for the facility, and as a research and development platform to explore and demonstrate customer solutions.

Recently, two VersiCharge charging stations were added to complement Russelectric’s microgrid. These level 2 charging stations have a capacity to charge electric vehicles at up to 7.2 kW (30A), thus providing a full charge for most EVs in under four hours.

The capability of the chargers to meter the energy consumption and execute load profiles provided by compatible controllers through either a local or remote connection makes them easy to integrate into the microgrid use case.

Siemens’ charging technology is designed to be future proof, to account for the future use case of providing energy back to the building from the EV battery.  

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