Three specialists from the Netherlands have come together to install what they claim to be the world’s first location where electric vehicles charge using machine learning. The site is at Royal HaskoningDHV office in the city of Amersfoort.
The innovation, developed by GreenFlux and deployed by Eneco eMobility at the Living Lab Charging Plaza is a smart charging solution. The partners say though that their application allows up to three times more charging stations on a site than with ‘ordinary’ smart charging.
This is because the machine not only manages the charge processes on site. Machine learning is used earlier to determine or estimate how charging station sites are wired physically, data that commonly are incomplete and unreliable, according to the companies.
At Royal HaskoningDHV, the algorithm determines over time the topology of how all the three-phase electricity cables are connected to each charge station. The algorithm can then optimize between single and three-phase charging electric vehicles and find the optimum use to install as many charging stations as feasible on the same electrical infrastructure.
Bart Fick, Lead Technology at Eneco eMobility is looking to a larger roll-out in future especially with the advance of smart charging. “Since every local installation is different, phase-specific steering is one of the largest and most challenging hurdles for smart charging,” he said. With the GreenFlux/Eneco solution “we now have an easy and reliable solution for this issue, for both new and existing installations,” he added.
GreenFlux operates a cloud-based service platform for the management of charging stations of all kinds. Internationally, the company says it is active 21 countries and manages 27,000 charging stations on the latest count. A recent large order includes work for the Dutch government at more than a hundred offices. In mid-2018, GreenFlux also raised 11 million euros in a financing round, providing funds for further expansion.
Also, Eneco eMobility has charging infrastructure in place across the Netherlands. Its parent company Eneco also holds a stake in Greenflux.
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