The transformation of the mobility sector to a climate-friendly energy supply requires innovation and a new holistic way of thinking. Mobility will have to be reimagined based on climate protection and necessitating independence from fossil fuels. Vehicles powered by renewable electricity is certainly a viable prospect. With increasing numbers of e-vehicles on the road, it is becoming increasingly important to build charging infrastructure on a large scale and to secure renewably sourced electricity for them. Charging so many vehicles requires sector coupling and a sophisticated approach to this challenge. This includes addressing issues such as the volatility of power sourced from renewable energy plants, grid limits to prevent overloads and brownouts, and specific users’ charging level requirements.
Smart charging management systems are a possible solution. They provide the means to make the most use of renewable electricity, reduce the load on the grid, and enable sector coupling. Algorithms can utilize the flexibility that comes with longer parking times and also to cater to specific users’ requirements. This is why smart charging management is sure to be a key technology as electromobility gains traction and goes mainstream.
Addressing these challenges in various projects, the ZSW is developing and delivering solutions for smart charging management systems in pilot applications.