The Horizon 2020 EU project INVADE (2017-2020) is one of the largest European research and innovation projects ever in the field of Smart Grid, Charging & Storage. This European project explores in large-scale pilots and, according to new business models, how to control the flexibility of the European energy system by integrating electric cars. It uses a Cloud based flexibility management system integrated with electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries empowering energy storage at mobile, distributed and centralized levels.
The Dutch pilot will be the first comparison between Grid-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Grid. It will provide the first professional and, more importantly, the first scalable solutions for driving on renewable energy and it will be the first European realisation of Smart Charging using only open and standardised communication protocols.
The role of ElaadNL in INVADE
INVADE (EU Horizon2020) uses an infrastructure that enables Smart Charging on a large scale. That's also one of the reasons ElaadNL is part of the consortium. In the Dutch pilot, ElaadNL investigates the possibilities for better matching supply and demand of renewable energy and keeping the network stable and reliable. This takes into account network capacity and power quality.
Within the project ElaadNL is responsible for charging points in the public domain, but also conducts experiments in a semi-public or office environment. They investigate the role that electric cars can play by using Smart Charging in managing flexibility in the European Smart Grid and how existing smart energy solutions can be made interoperable with the integrated INVADE platform. The results can again benefit from further expanding and standardizing the open protocols that have been launched.
In addition to the Dutch pilot, ElaadNL is responsible for the standards, communication protocols and the implications that policy / regulation has on the investigated possibilities of Smart Charging.