Home energy management can now include your electric car

For owners of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems, being able to power a home using sunlight is its own reward. Soon, these homeowners could enjoy the added benefit of using PV systems to charge their electric vehicles—and they'll have solar energy research institute Fraunhofer ISE to thank—propelling homes of the future closer to being self-supplied, environmentally-friendly, and energy-efficient ecosystems.

For the researchers at Fraunhofer ISE, the offering is nothing more than a practical use of the excess energy that home rooftop arrays create. As Dominik Noeren, a scientist at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, explains in Phys.org, “the large photovoltaic systems on the rooftops of the houses provide more power than the inhabitants consume over the long term.”

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