Energy sharing with benefits (15.11.22 – 15.01.23)

Grid-optimised charging for the electric vehicles of the future

In recent years, the number of electric vehicles such as electric cars, electric motorcycles as well as electric trucks and electric cargo vehicles has increased rapidly worldwide . Due to the resulting increase in energy demand, there is a call for smart solutions that can bridge future power grid fluctuations and energy bottlenecks in the long term, all the while counteracting climate change.

From a technical perspective, the batteries of EVs can be used to contribute to this goal: smart-charging allows the charging process to be optimized in a way that the vehicle is only charged in times of favourable grid or market conditions and stopped during unsuitable conditions. On top of that, bidirectional charging (also referred to as vehicle-to-grid) allows EVs to feed their energy from its battery back to the electricity grid when needed. With a growing share of renewable energy sources in the electricity mix and its accompanying production fluctuations (as it is dependent on the availability of the sun and wind), this keeps our entire electricity grid stable and can store surplus electricity for times when consumers need it.
Download: Fact sheet

We are looking for concrete ideas, solutions and examples to the following questions:

  • What can motivate owners of electric vehicles, corporate/carsharing fleets and charge point operators or mobility hubs to make their batteries (or charging equipment) available for smart charging?
  • How can we guide consumers to adopt optimised charging behaviour to better align with the needs of the grid (cheaper, greener energy)?
  • What (new) services, hidden cooperation and business models opportunities can arise from optimised charging?
This ideas competition takes place within the framework of the research project “GAMES – Grid aware mobility and energy sharing.
Factsheet: GAMES

Further questions
Ideas Competition:
Diana Wieden-Bischof, Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft
+43 662 2288-307, diana.wieden-bischof@salzburgresearch.at

Research project GAMES:
Markus Lassnig, Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft
+43 662 2288-302, markus.lassnig@salzburgresearch.at
https://www.salzburgresearch.at

Task

Your ideas and solutions for smart, future-proof charging of e-vehicles and the resulting innovative, digital business models.

Prizes/Rewards

The best ideas will be presented at the final event in the MOONCITY Salzburg on the 23rd of February, 2023 from 4:15pm. The winners will be awarded with attractive prizes! After the award ceremony everyone is welcome to join the guided tour through the MOONCITY.

Registration for the final event: diana.wieden@salzburgresearch.at