Integrierte Mobilitäts- und Energieinfrastrukturen (IMEI)

The aim of the project Integrated Mobility and Energy Infrastructures (IMEI) is to compare two typical use cases for local network integration of e-vehicles. On the one hand, the analysis of decentrally controlled charging processes in the context of household and commercial customers is carried out. On the other hand, centrally controlled charging processes of an e-vehicle fleet are examined. The analyses take into account not only local load flexibility but also aspects of own generation, especially from renewable energy sources and energy storage. In addition, services for active customer integration into the various charging and load management procedures are designed and evaluated.

In the first step, the requirements of private households and small commercial enterprises for the integration of electric vehicles into a local microgrid are investigated. This analysis is carried out with particular regard to the available flexibility of the existing generation and consumption components. Based on this, the conception of a decentralized, swarm-based control system for the charging processes of electric vehicles is carried out, in which the vehicles coordinate themselves via local information exchange. Based on this, the decentralized, swarm-based approach will be compared with the results of a central control of the charging processes of electric vehicles. The local integration of charging processes of electric vehicles with other components requires new services for the end user. Based on the swarm-based coordination mechanism, a concept for a market design for the provision and billing of flexibility in a microgrid will be developed, taking user preferences into account.

The research divisions ISPE and IPE at the FZI Research Centre for Information Technology were involved in the project. The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the scope of the cluster "Electric Mobility South-West" with 50% of the project volume of 2.3 million Euro. It had started on 01.09.2014 and ran over a period of two and a half years.

Further project partners are, besides the FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Ametras rentconcept GmbHBridgingIT GmbHCarMediaLab GmbHENERGY4U GmbH and the Fraunhofer IAO.

Contact person

Manuel Lösch (M.Sc.)

Department Manager



Manuel Lösch studied computer science and business informatics. He holds a master's degree in business informatics from University of Mannheim in which he specialized on “systems design and development”, and a bachelor's degree in computer science from Hochschule Furtwangen University. Besides semesters abroad in the USA and in the Republic of China, he gained practical experiences in the area of software development with IBM Research & Development and with SAP Research.

Since 2013, Manuel Lösch has been working at the FZI. His research focuses on IT-based solutions for the energy system of the future — since 2018 as manager of the research department “Intelligent Information and Communication in Technical Systems” (IIK). His particular interest lies in the grid-supportive flexibilization of electricity consumption and generation. In addition, he is responsible for the FZI Living Lab smartEnergy in which innovative energy management solutions are prototypically developed and evaluated together with partners from industry and science.


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