Scaling Solar E-Mobility & Storage

As a structural base to start implementing the Programme, the ISA Secretariat has launched two studies:

  • An assessment of the Member countries’ capacities and needs on solar electric mobility and storage;
  • a benchmarking of the existing technologies and projects on solar e-mobility, solar powered charging infrastructure and storage systems.

In line with these objectives, the first two studies under the Programme have been structured to provide a reference point under which future endeavors or missions of ISA will be planned.

For the first study, a questionnaire has been circulated to the Member countries and the ISA partners to better assess the needs and areas of opportunities of our Members regarding solar e-mobility, energy storage and charging infrastructure along with the policies in place that help promote and develop them. It consists of four sections: e-mobility, energy storage, battery storage and comments or suggestions that the Members would like to express to ISA regarding this Programme. For each section we ask whether there are policies in place to promote the development and deployment of the technology, whether there are any agreements in place with international organizations, their current capacity and biggest needs, and which are the biggest obstacles they face to scale-up their solar energy technology.

It will be complemented with one designed by the French National Institute for Solar Energy (INES) which focuses on the financial aspect of solar projects. Based on the results, an economic trend is to be identified at a regional level that will make it easier for future decision makers and stakeholders to make a financial decision on solar projects as well as areas of need and opportunities for growth.

The second study, the benchmark study, aims at presenting an overview of their current state of existing technologies and innovations developed in the world and particularly in the ISA Members. The scope of this study is existing and developing solar e-mobility, energy storage, and charging infrastructure in all 195 countries of the world. It covers all types of solar transportation – road (cars, buses, 2 & 3 wheelers, bicycles), rail, air and naval - either private or public. Energy storage technologies – batteries (Li-ion, lead-acid), hydrogen, flywheels, thermal, pumped hydropower and V2X – and solar powered charging infrastructures such as on-grid and off-grid.

Both the International Energy Agency and the UN Environment have shown interest in the studies since it will be a way to further corroborate their projections and results presented in their annual reports and to use the results to implement pilot projects. They have accepted to review the results as this document would be the first of this kind putting an emphasis in how e-mobility and energy storage can be coupled with solar energy to up-scale its deployment.