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SyncFueL

In future, self-produced energy should be available at remote charging stations. Regional charging with self-produced energy can potentially reduce electricity costs, which could become leverage for the amortisation of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The possible users could be commuters and enterprises. The project seeks to develop by the end of 2017 the technical systems for a synchronised mobile smart meter (SMSM) that couples the feed from solar and cogeneration systems with the charging process.

SyncFueL is the German acronym for synchronised self-generated energy for charging electric vehicles. The system allows a charging process whereby the feed from private solar or cogeneration systems is synchronised with its use in a remote charging station or outlet. It basically offers the possibility to use self-produced energy at locations outside the home or enterprise to charge electric vehicles.

This is where the project partner hsag’s patented synchronised mobile smart meter (SMSM) is employed. The SMSM makes possible the use of self-produced energy at a remote outlet, synchronised with the system’s output. The energy producer, the charging station and the vehicle are equipped with SMSM components. The user gets information about the currently available output and uses this information to control the charging process. To try out the system in a field test, the energy-producing infrastructure of the Westphalia Clinic and of the users’ private homes will be equipped on the supply end with a smart meter gateway and the charging infrastructure will be built at Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. The city of Dortmund will provide suitable vehicles from the municipal fleet.

In this way, the users get at the charging station electricity from the energy provider grid, but they can offset it against the self-produced energy they feed in the grid. For the regional feed of self-produced energy and its equivalent use at the charging station, the user’s costs would be calculated based on a reduced grid fee. Regional charging with self-produced energy can potentially reduce electricity costs, which would become leverage for the amortisation of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. This approach requires and stimulates new business models beyond electromobility. To create the necessary framework, dialogue boards with representatives from the federal government and the industry will take place parallel to the development of the scientific and technical tasks.

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Funding code: 03EM0614C

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