FZI Power Supply to Continue Driving

The FZI installs charging poles for electric vehicles / Launching on February 22 / Almost entirely self-produced power is being used

Karlsruhe, 14.02.2018 – Easily recharge the electric vehicle during a two-hour project meeting – starting next week at the head offices in Karlsruhe, project partners of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology can make use of this opportunity during appointments. The FZI, which itself is involved in research on energy management systems, will have two poles with 22 kW charging capacity, on which electric vehicles can be recharged. At the FZI Open House on February 22, these charging poles will be launched. The used energy is almost entirely produced at the FZI itself: "As far as possible, the power is generated by our photovoltaic system and the block-type thermal power station of the FZI", said Dr.-Ing. Birger Becker researcher of the FZI.

"Since in the past our visitors arrived more and more often by electric vehicles for appointments at the FZI, it seemed important to us to offer the possibility to charge these vehicles and thus to continue driving with our locally produced electricity", Becker explained. One charging pole has therefore been installed outside the FZI House of Living Labs for the electric vehicles of the project partners and another one for charging the electric vehicles of the research center has been installed inside the building.

Already in the planning phase it became clear that the flex of the building would not be sufficient for the parallel operation of all electrical consumers in the building including the two new charging poles. A situation which occurs more frequently when installing charging poles in existing buildings. In a next step, the FZI plans therefore to set up an intelligent control system of the charging poles and to coordinate this with the remaining consumers in the building. For this purpose, the building’s energy management system is supposed to communicate with the charging poles and determine the particular charging capacity. In respect of a decentralised energy management, all data will remain in the building, so that the controlling can also take place via a local interface of the charging pole.

Overall, the FZI will thus ensure that the flex of the building will not be exceeded and that furthermore as much as possible of the locally produced electricity will be continued to be used locally.

About the FZI Research Center for Information Technology

The FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. Led by professors from different faculties, research teams at the FZI interdisciplinarily develop and prototype concepts, software, hardware and system solutions for their clients. The FZI House of Living Labs provides a unique research environment for applied research. Every department at the FZI operates under a certified quality management system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2015. The head office is in Karlsruhe.

The FZI has a branch office in Berlin.

Further Information

Julia Feilen, Corporate Communications and Media
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9654-943
Email: feilen@fzi.de
Web: www.fzi.de/en