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August 10, 2016



Erickson, Brase team up for book about solar infrastructure

By Division of Communications and Marketing

"Solar Powered Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles" book

Larry Erickson, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Center for Hazardous Substance Research, and Gary Brase, professor of psychological sciences, have published "Solar Powered Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles." The book will be available to purchase Aug. 29.

The book, published by CRC press, is about the individual, societal, environmental and economical benefits of adding solar panels to parking lots and other locations to generate electricity for charging electric vehicles, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide vehicle shade and shelter.

Key features of the book:

  • The history, current status and predicted future of electric vehicles and solar-powered charging stations for those vehicles.

  • An explanation of the basic technology of electric vehicles, solar-power generation, battery storage and the electrical transmission system.

  • The projected technology and infrastructure needs if the U.S. reaches 250 million electric vehicles and 200 million solar-powered charging stations and a review of the status of these developments and infrastructures around the world.

  • An economic projection of the reduction of GHG emissions according to electric vehicles market share and payback period for solar-powered charging stations according to the number installed.

  • Specific case studies relevant to suggested recommendations such as display advertising on charging stations to fund free charging for consumers.

Co-editors include Jessica Robinson at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Jackson Cutsor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.