SPLTRAK Abstract Submission
A Case Study on Using a Solar PV System for Charging Electric Carts in Egypt
Esraa M. Karameldeen 1, Sally El-Ziady1, Omar Ashraf 1, Jana Elsheikh1, Reem H. Ahmed2, Rania R. Moussa3, Tarek M. Hatem1,2
1Faculty of Energy and Environmental Engineering, the British University in Egypt, El-Sherouk City, Cairo, 11837, Egypt
/2Centre for Simulation Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, the British University in Egypt, El-Sherouk City, Cairo, 11837, Egypt
/3Architectural Department, Faculty of Engineering, The British University in Egypt, El-Sherouk City, Cairo, 11837, Egypt

Electric vehicles and their charging stations have become a cornerstone in building an environmentally sustainable e-mobility path. More sustainable charging stations will help in achieving wider deployment of electric vehicles. Furthermore, integrating renewable energy in electrical charging stations will further help in achieving Net Zero carbon emission goal, as well as impacting the economics of charging electrical vehicles. This research investigates how solar PV panels can be used as a main source of electricity for the charging station of the electric carts at the British University in Egypt (BUE). The paper summarizes the components of the proposed system and compares its performance with grid-based system, where several on grid and off grid designs are studied. In addition, different system design options are proposed and compared in terms of system efficiency and economics yielding the lowest charging cost for the electrical carts fleet of BUE. The impacts of different design options on energy production, consumption, and cost of both the solar panel and the charging station are presented and discussed highlighting advantages and disadvantages of each system. The results of the case study show that solar powered charging stations are competitive and are recommended for application.