Shaping the future of energy
Several research projects are taking advantage of our ELEMENTS platform and our knowledge of connecting and controlling decentralised energy systems. Together with our research partners, we are developing solutions for the future of energy supply. We are proud to help shape this future! Find out more about the individual projects:
Research project: Smart2Charge
Offering smart grid-ready e-mobility in rural areas
This project, led by the Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, focuses on integrating two-way charging for plug-in and electric vehicles in the energy grid and expanding charging infrastructure. Other companies involved in the project include Mitsubishi Motors Germany, energy management specialist Enisyst GmbH and charging station producer Castellan AG. The local e-mobility association “Elektromobilität Heilbronn-Franken” is involved as an associate partner. The project is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
OXYGEN TECHNOLOGIES provides the project with its ELEMENTS IT platform.
Going out of town with e-mobility
The project highlights the challenges and opportunities of rural e-mobility. A number of pilot studies are under way in the Wüstenrot region near the city of Heilbronn in south-west Germany. These studies use several Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid vehicles with two-way charging. The vehicles are integrated into the household power supply using Mitsubishi Motors’ “Vehicle to Home” systems.
Electric vehicles as an additional energy source
Modern plug-in and electric vehicles no longer simply receive energy from photovoltaic systems. They can also act as a source of power themselves. Bidirectional or two-way charging allows households to access the energy stored in the vehicle’s battery. This not only reduces energy costs, but also increases the household’s storage capacity and can act as a power source in an emergency.
Support from the ELEMENTS platform
OXYGEN TECHNOLOGIES is providing the project with its ELEMENTS platform for data collection and control of decentralised energy systems.
The example of e-mobility combined with decentralised systems in Wüstenrot shows how the ELEMENTS Modules can successfully link the energy and mobility sectors. OXYGEN TECHNOLOGIES is helping the project partners develop and implement their own software modules, which are connected to the ELEMENTS platform via the API interface. In addition, OXYGEN TECHNOLOGIES is implementing new interfaces for Castellan charging stations, Mitsubishi vehicles and the grid control system of the municipal utility companies. ELEMENTS makes it possible to connect these decentralised systems for the first time and control them together. OXYGEN TECHNOLOGIES is also helping the project partners create a booking platform and complementary apps by developing and providing the corresponding interfaces.
Balancing group management 2.0
Balancing group management for complex districts
This project by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg and the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences is investigating the future of balancing group management. The project is being conducted at a newly built district in the central German city of Aschaffenburg, and focuses on researching new energy concepts. Managed by the local municipal utility company, the district connects consumer and prosumer households, together with a district battery storage system. Südweststrom, a joint venture of regional municipal utility companies, contributes its expertise in balancing group management, while OXYGEN TECHNOLOGIES provides the project with its ELEMENTS IT platform.
The future of balancing group management
In future, prosumer households and energy systems like power stores or electrical charging stations will become an increasingly significant part of our cities and communities. Modern balancing group management will be needed in order to keep up with the pace of the energy revolution.
The purpose of the research project is to clarify the requirements for this in districts with prosumer households. This “BGM 2.0” will also need to incorporate new trading concepts like peer-2-peer. The project aims to investigate this issue from both technical and business perspectives.
Data from the ELEMENTS platform
We are fitting 20-25 ELEMENTS Gates in the connected households and energy systems. With our ELEMENTS platform and prognosis functions, we are creating schedules and dynamic data for the researchers. The information provided by this data will deliver answers to the research questions.
We look forward to hearing from you
Would you like to learn more about what ELEMENTS can do for e-mobility? Are you interested in collaborating with us in a research project?
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