The PROGRESSUS project aims to research, design, and develop future smart grid solutions that integrate into existing smart grid architecture concepts with minimal investment. GreenFlux joins a total of twenty-one partners from five European countries including Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and Slovakia, contributing its EV smart charging technology and expertise to the three-year project coordinated by Infineon Technologies AG.
By 2050, electric vehicles are expected to account for nearly 10% of Europe’s total electricity consumption, which in turn will have a significant impact on local, national, and European level power system management1. The high-power requirements of ultra-fast DC electric vehicle charge stations and bi-directional charging in particular pose special challenges when designing smart charging infrastructure. To help facilitate this energy transition, the PROGRESSUS project seeks to address three key challenges to realizing a next-generation smart grid: efficient energy conversion, smart energy management, and secure monitoring.
Within the PROGRESSUS project, GreenFlux will adapt its smart charging solutions to enable even more electric vehicles to be charged on one location whilst simultaneously increasing the charge rate per individual charging session. Particular attention will be given to driver involvement ahead of and during charge sessions, allowing drivers to select charge stations that best fit their travel plans.
“Effective integration of electric vehicles and renewable sources into the electricity grid using smart charging will be critical to achieving a climate-neutral Europe by 2050,”
says Floris van den Broek, CEO of GreenFlux.
“Smart charging will become standard on nearly all charge stations five years from now, however full benefits to the grid and environment won’t be realized without driver acceptance. The EV driver experience must evolve right alongside the technology.”
PROGRESSUS project solutions promote a more environmentally friendly and efficient future energy supply infrastructure and are expected to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and peak power consumption from the grid.
More details can be found on the project website or LinkedIn.
This project has received funding from the Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 876868. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and Slovakia.
The project has received funding from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).
1. Electric vehicles and the energy sector – impacts on Europe’s future emissions, European Environment Agency, 2016.