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22 August 2016 ENFORCE registers USA patent for Electric Vehicles Fast Charging Solar Station

At a time when Portugal reinforces his national network of Electric Vehicles (EVs) Charging with some fast chargers (up to 30 minutes), ENFORCE registers the United States of America patent for its Electric Vehicles Fast Charging Solar Station, fully developed by the company's personnel, in cooperation with the Mechanics Engineering Department of Universidade da Beira Interior (local University), under a technical assistance contract.

According to ENFORCE's CEO João Nuno Serra, «this is an important step towards the achievement of the definite patent, in Europe. Since 2012, ENFORCE has the same patent pending in 38 European countries. That's why we hope to have the definitive European patent soon».

New market opportunities are now open for ENFORCE, in the USA, where Tesla, the well-known manufacturer of electric cars, founded by Elon Musk, have contributed towards the dissemination of technology and promises to give bigger steps, in the near future, with the construction of a mega factory of electric cars and batteries.

The ENFORCE's Solar Station now patented is called InCh, meaning "Electric Inch of EVs Fast Charging", or "InCharge".

What major problem will be solved by InCh?

The Charging Solar Station InCh responds to the need of a network of EVs charging, especially fast charging (20-30 minutes), whenever the EV user cannot waste any time. That's why this station is designed for private and public access areas, such as parking areas (private or public) or gas stations, where the slow charging solution is not a viable option because it takes 6 to 8 hours to be completed, mostly overnight.

Energy synergies achieved with InCh

InCh Station allows, at the same place, the production of electric energy to feed an EV (through photo-voltaic technology) and the transformation of energy for a fast charging of electric vehicles DC batteries.

Therefore, this integrated system allows increasing the global energy efficiency of VEs charging network, comparing to a similar network where there is no system of energy production on each charging point. As we know, the transport of electric energy from the centralized production location to the consumption location leads to a significant loss to the grid.

Moreover, the support structure of this production system acts as a protection and shadowing system of the EVs, reducing the amount of metal-mechanic material used. The merge of both equipments (energy production / energy consumption) results on the maximization of all wiring network between production point and consumption points. The same applies to the supporting bases (concrete or similar) that fix the shadowing systems and supports the photovoltaic panels.

Inch has its entire interface with the users, in a user-friendly concept that does not require an in-person support.

This Station can be adjusted to the current legislation of any country.

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