Whoever buys an electric car, will be able to make money from it! This is already happening a lot in the countries of Western Europe, where the owners rent the battery of this car to the distribution system for balancing the electricity network and make money while their four-wheeler is parked.
As Dr. Marko Batic from the “Mihajlo Pupun” Institute explains in a conversation for “Novosti”, the eco-vehicle has a resource that can be used many times:
– For example, in the Netherlands and Belgium, drivers practically rent their battery to balance the electricity network and they are paid for it – says Batic. – There is a company that is an intermediary, and drivers register via a mobile application and state that they are on a certain charger. They say how many hours the car will be parked and that at the end of the day they want the same capacity to charge the battery.
In EU countries, something like this is possible because there are many electric cars, while in Serbia there are still few, although people are interested. In the first seven months of this year, 1,727 electric and hybrid passenger vehicles were sold in our country, and last year in the same period 3.6 times less, or 482 eco-cars. Subsidies were 5,000 euros per car, but the approved 30 million dinars was too little for all those interested. Four times more have been set aside for this year, as much as 120 million.
Our interlocutor adds that in EU countries, the possibility of charging a car battery from household solar panels is widely used.
– A box and a charger that looks like a pump are attached to the outer wall of the house, and a thicker cable connected to the panel goes to the car. When you get home, park the vehicle and put it to charge. This “smart” system, instead of the owner, in accordance with his needs, decides how to optimally consume the produced energy, when the car is charged, when it is used in the house, or possibly exported to the network.
As he points out, the Mihajlo Pupin Institute is working with an international team to develop such intelligent platforms that should manage energy use. The battery in the vehicle has a capacity of 20 to 50 kilowatt-hours, which is enough for two or three days of household consumption. Batic points out that it can also be used as a source of energy in case of short-term restrictions and unforeseen situations. This is a significant amount that raises the energy security of consumers.
– There are also rechargeable batteries for households, which enable the management of consumption and optimal use of locally produced energy, which also brings savings – says Batic. – They look like a refrigerator, are similar in size and are usually placed in a basement or pantry. The battery serves to store energy from the mains at times when it is cheaper, at night, or when it is produced locally at home, from solar, wind or some other source, and to be used when needed.
Batic points out that households that plan to install solar panels should also have this battery if they want to use energy in an optimal way, although it is not necessary to use solar energy.
Citizens’ interest in solar panels has grown since the state announced that it would subsidize their installation for households in order to produce electricity for their own needs. A competition for municipalities and cities that will participate in the realization is currently underway, followed by a public invitation for households. Citizens will be able to produce kilowatts from solar panels when there is the most sun, to deliver that electricity to the system, and to consume it when it responds to them. If they produce more in one month than they spent, they can use the surplus in the next.
Earlier, it could be heard in the PUBLIC that households will have the opportunity to sell surplus electricity. However, at least for now, the state will not allocate subsidies for that purpose, but exclusively for the energy that citizens will use for their own needs.
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