Delta Electronics is working with the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) on a research project on smart grids. For this purpose, smart grids with charging points are being developed at BTU, the University of Potsdam and the Eberswalde University of Applied Sciences.
The charging infrastructure manufacturer Delta is contributing DC charging points with up to 150 kW charging capacity as well as bidirectional V2G charging devices with 22 kW capacity. The subject of the project is the question of how drivers of electric cars can always be assured of the required charge level, while network operators and energy suppliers want to regulate their network utilization, increase network stability, reduce CO2 emissions and thus make further network expansion efficient. The aim is therefore to link the e-mobility, renewable energy and power supply sectors.
The project setup specifically includes six DC chargers and three bidirectional V2G chargers from Delta as well as several electric vehicles. The hardware is distributed among the three educational institutions mentioned above. The researchers combine the real values with simulation values. For example, the simulation of the network utilization with an increasing number of charging points is an important part of the project, according to an accompanying press release. Against this background, Delta is developing a control software and the simulation tool, as well as a new communication and load management system, which will be completed by the end of 2020, and a smartphone app, which will be made available to project participants for entering planned trips. According to Delta, standardized software interfaces and open communication protocols are important.
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