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Smart Charging Lab

Electric vehicles are more energy efficient, generate no CO2 emissions and have less particulate matter emissions than their fossil counterparts. They are often parked more than 80% of the time. This makes these vehicles an interesting source of flexibility to better match electricity consumption with the production of renewable energy.

The EnergyVille 1 building currently has 44 charging points for electric vehicles, a large number of which can be controlled intelligently. Eleven of these charging statiosns are integrated into a charging plaza with limited connected capacity.

The entire system of charging points is integrated with the EnergyVille cloud platform. This makes it possible to combine information such as weather forecasts and energy markets with real-time measurements and historical data of the EnergyVille 1 building and/or Thor Park. In addition, users are identified via their staff badge, which combined with the platforms mail and web service functionality allows for targeted communication in order to create maximum flexibility.

Target audience

For whom is this lab interesting?

  • Building managers
  • Operators of charging stations
  • Developers of energy management platforms
  • Developers of home automation systems
  • BRPs (Balance Responsible Parties)

What can you use this lab for?

  • In this lab, smart charging strategies can be scaled up from simulation to practical testing. Thus, charging strategies can be improved to minimize energy costs, CO2 emissions or grid load.
  • Research on flexibility services for:
    • Local utilization in the building
    • Avoid peak off-take from grid
    • Increase self-consumption of solar panels
    • Responding to variable energy prices
  • The energy community, e.g. a business park or residential area: how to ideally deploy charging behavior and battery potential to ensure energy supply to users and minimize grid load.

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