E.On is introducing the IT platform of service provider Virta of Finland as a digital backbone of the utility’s network in Europe. The cloud solution is to manage peaks and prices while increasing usability for E.On clients.
Smart charging is the new buzzword and E.On has turned to Finnish Virta for support. The latter’s platform is a cloud-based solution said to “optimise the energy flow behind the charging stations”. This means it helps to balance the grid at peak times and to manage cost for the end users.
Interestingly enough, the solution is customer facing and enables hoteliers or other providers of semi-public charging like supermarkets to set individual charging prices for their charging stations for instance. The platform also allows to equip home chargers with a billing system and identify them as public charging points.
The new E.On electric car charging solutions using Virta have already been launched in Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Great Britain and Romania. By the end of the year, operations will start in Hungary, Italy, Denmark, Germany and Norway as well.