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NYPA to Develop 'Extreme' Fast Charging Project for EV Charging

Aug. 22, 2022
NYPA, FREEDM to collaborate on increasing efficiency and lowering cost of electric vehicle chargers.

The New York Power Authority won a research and development grant for an electric vehicle charging project to increase the efficiency and lower costs of extreme fast charging technology for electric vehicles.

The project, spearheaded by North Carolina State University’s FREEDM Systems Center, builds on a 2018 FREEDM project that established design principles for EV charging systems that incorporate solid-state transformer (SST) technology, reducing power waste and shrinking overall system footprint.

NYPA pledged to contribute $250,000 in co-funding for the project and will assist in identifying and securing demonstration sites for an impending prototype.

NYPA will contribute data and key findings from a similar R&D project underway at the Clark Energy Center in Oneida County studying the impacts of an XFC station that connects a bi-directional SST to a medium voltage distribution system.

The four-year R&D project launched in April 2022 and is supported by a nearly $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The project’s collaborators also include Danfoss, Commonwealth Edison and GoTriangle.

NYPA’s EVolve NY network installs, operates and maintains high speed chargers across New York. The chargers are located across key travel corridors and aim to reduce range anxiety for EV owners.

New York State is home to more than 1,000 public fast chargers at more than 240 locations. They range in speed from 25kW to 350kW resulting in varying charging times depending on the charger.

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