Electric Vehicles on Aran Islands

16th January, 2011 title

DAVID TENNYSON AND JOE WILLIAMS of Irish Energy News reported that 24 households in the Aran Islands will take part in a 3 year project to demonstrate the smart metering technologies required to transfer and store wind energy in electric vehicles.

On the 14th of January, the first 8 homes recieved their Electric Vehicles as part of the first phase of the project. The next 8 vehicles will be issued in 2012 and the last 8 in 2013.

In addition, each household has been fitted with an innovative smart charger unit which can be accessed remotely to allow matching of available wind power with vehicle charging requirements.

According to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Website, “The project will aim to show a significant potential for electric vehicles charged by wind energy to meet the transport requirements under the difficult access conditions of an island environment.  It will assess the efficiency, reliability and maintainability of the vehicles and the potential for locally generated wind power to supply the electricity requirements for the vehicles. ”

Mr. Pat Carey, the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs commented saying, “I am confident that the lessons to be learned from the use of electric vehicles on the Aran Islands over the next three years will benefit many other communities throughout the country. I would like to commend all those who have been working hard on this project in recent months, especially the island residents and officials of SEAI and my own Department.”

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