Jun 20, 2022 - 02:00 pm

Sungrow enters the European e-mobility space: 30 kW DC charging station designed for urban destinations


Those in clean energy may know Sungrow since the company has been a global player for 25 years. Now, the Group is advancing into e-mobility and presents a unique DC charging station for Europe. The IDC30E is designed for “one-hour destination-charging” – at a distinctive 30 kW with IP65, below 50dB, and 10 years lifetime.


Sungrow has 25 years of expertise in electronics and primarily PV inverters. The 2021 business figures claim over 2,000 DC chargers sold in other markets and clean energy products powering installations in over 150 countries, including Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia. This expertise also fuelled the new development. As Mr Zheng, Sungrow’s head of EV-charging Europe, revealed, many of the components in the 30 kW chargers have been tried and tested in existing PV technology, much being the same.

As with other products, Sungrow aims to be “reliable, efficient and friendly”. In the new charging station, this shows in, for example, an IP65 test, guaranteeing a ten-year lifetime. Which means brings a noticeable reduction in TCO for charging operators.

The IDC30E is compatible with new EVs and backends and smart enough to be load balancing-ready. True to Sungrow’s expertise, it also integrates with PV and battery systems. The claimed efficiency for delivering electricity from the grid through the charger and to the car is 96%, says Sungrow.

The poles are also rain and dust-proof with independent cooled, again building on the company’s existing expertise from outdoor installations in the clean energy markets.


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On the other hand, Mr Zheng mentions the low operating noise at below 50 dB and EMC class B level, two user-friendly features when looking at destination scenarios such as supermarkets and cafés, where drivers may want to enjoy their drinks in peace and use their electronic devices as usual.

But why 30kW?

To answer this question, Mr Zheng explains with a scenario. He said the poles were an “urban charging solution” designed for one-hour or destination scenarios. These include charging at supermarkets, shopping malls, cafes, or during a visit to the bank.

“Our focus was on the actual charging scenario when developing the IDC30E,” explains Zheng. “This is about destination charging, where people are doing something else for an hour or so while getting just the charge they need.”

Zheng then gives the example of a Tesla Model 3 that can gain an extra range of 200 km by charging with 30 kW for one hour. “200 km is also enough for what most people require driving in a city within one week,” he explains.

Talking about the city, many urban public charging stations are AC with an output of 22 kW, especially at the above destinations. At the same time, most onboard chargers of current electric cars only accept 7 or 11 kW AC input – making slow charging even slower. “Compared to AC with max. 22 kW, our 30 kW is already a big advantage,” mentions Zheng.

In conclusion, “IDC30E offers a new possibility for urban charging while being more reliable and friendly,” says Zheng.

Those interested to learn more may contact Sungrow directly: suncharger@sungrowpower.com

About Sungrow
Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. (“Sungrow”) is the world’s most bankable inverter brand, with over 224 GW installed worldwide as of December 2021. Founded in 1997 by University Professor Cao Renxian, Sungrow is a leader in the research and development of solar inverters with the largest dedicated R&D team in the industry and a broad product portfolio. Offering PV inverter solutions and energy storage systems for utility-scale, commercial & industrial, and residential applications, as well as internationally recognized floating PV plant solutions, NEV driving solutions and EV charging solutions, Sungrow powers installations in over 150 countries. 

Sungrow EV charger business is rooted in Sungrow’s 25-year track record of power electronics technology and shares experience in designing and managing durable and reliable products. Sungrow’s integrated charging solution features high protection capability, premium efficiency, low noise, slashed operation & maintenance cost, and many more user-friendly innovative technologies.


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