An EU-funded project called Progressus is currently addressing three challenges in the realisation of next-generation smart grids: efficient energy conversion, smart energy management and secure monitoring – especially in the context of growing electric car sales.
The project consortium coordinated by Infineon includes 21 partners from five European countries, specifically Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Slovakia. The participants are pushing the development of future smart grid solutions primarily with a view to the upcoming, high performance requirements of ultra-fast DC charging stations for electric vehicles and bidirectional charging.
The aim of the project is to research, design and develop future smart grid solutions that can be integrated into existing smart grid architecture concepts with minimal investment. The project, which is scheduled to run for three years, started in April 2020. In addition to the consortium leader Infineon Technologies AG, the German companies Ceus UG, devolo AG, Mixed Mode GmbH as well as the Technical University of Cologne and the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen Nuremberg are participating.
Specifically, the participants are researching and testing efficient high-performance converters that support bidirectional power flow and new management strategies for DC microgrids that take into account renewable energy sources, storage and flexible loads. Novel sensor types will also be investigated, as well as low-cost communication technologies based on hardware security modules and blockchain technologies.
The project has a total budget of almost 20 million euros, with 5.79 million from EU funds under the Horizon 2020 programme. Further funding is provided by national funding pots in Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Slovakia.