The concept comes from researchers at Australia's University of New South Wales.
The authors propose a new real-time load support system (RTLS) designed to manage battery charging and discharging to electric boats, community generators and shore-based battery energy storage systems. Surplus solar electricity would be routed to the battery. A series of converters would see to energy transfer to and from the electric boats. Based on the grid load, power generation, and conditions of the battery and electric boat, the controller would coordinate the battery charging and discharging.
“When some natural disaster occurs in dispersed islands, the electricity networks or generation systems are heavily damaged, and residents live without electricity for weeks. In this case, consumers having this technology can immediately get their power, and the ships sent by the government to distribute food can also supply electricity,” said report author Jayashri Ravishankar.