Topic of the week 4: Solar mobility is the future
From now on, we will for an entire week devote one article per day to a specific topic and how it relates to solar technologies. To start us off, we have decided to delve deeper into current developments in electric mobility:
At Digital Solar & Storage 2019 in Brussels, an event organised by SolarPower Europe, they had launched their report on solar mobility, thought to be the first of its kind, which explores the potential of clean mobility solutions and solar power. The report documented various solar mobility business models, illustrating the experience of European and global pioneers with detailed case studies. Three solar mobility models were highlighted: solar-powered mobility, solar smart charging and vehicle-integrated PV, all of which can lead to vast carbon reductions in the transport sector.
Decarbonising the transport sector, which is responsible for one quarter of European carbon emissions, is a crucial step in achieving the European Union’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. The benefits of solar mobility are vast: They include significant improvements in air quality in Europe as well as the reduction of noise pollution. Smart mobility strategies that rely on the increasing deployment of solar energy can lead to a more affordable and reliable solar electricity supply. This has the effect of optimising the grid integration of future vehicles, unlocking new flexibility sources, and ultimately creating new business models for solar prosumers, EV owners and charging station operators. Further, solar mobility and all of its related technologies can help Europe lead the global energy transition.
The industry is ready
Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe, said: “Switching to a clean mobility system that runs on solar is a significant opportunity for Europeans: A recent survey from EuPD Research found that charging from rooftop PV electricity is the number one motivation for EV purchases. SolarPower Europe’s new report clearly demonstrates that the industry is ready to offer a variety of solutions to satisfy all transport users. Now, it is critical to raise awareness amongst policymakers and local authorities on these renewable transportation modes. In order for solar mobility to flourish in Europe, the right regulatory frameworks must be developed, which facilitate innovation and implementation.”
Christopher Burghardt, Managing Director for Europe of Chargepoint, said: “Solar mobility is a win-win solution that has undergone significant technological advances in recent years. Industry players are ready to provide products allowing for present and future green mobility. Now, the regulatory landscape must adapt and adopt a systematic approach to coordinate policies and maximise market potential. This is necessary for a truly comprehensive climate change strategy, and will allow our newly-elected leaders to demonstrate the constructive and innovative climate leadership of the European Union.” (mfo)