The Future of EV Charging is Decentralized, Secure, and Fast

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The energy grid needs flexibility as we move to depending upon more intermittent power sources and with more strain from EVs traveling to different stations. But how do we know where the influx in energy needs to go? By securely tracking movements of EVs through each vehicle’s own unique passport. 

Elia Group, Energy Web, and BMW Group successfully demonstrated the ability for a Transmission Service Operator (TSO) to securely detect an EV being charged. This demonstration laid the groundwork for improved EV charging.

The Future of EV Charging

This demonstration was a perfect example of what the future of EV charging might entail. This new solution used a new technique of fast supplier switching, and it was only renewable energy that supplied the fast-charging charge point.

Felix Kohlbrenner, research project manager at BMW group, used a public charge point provided by LamA in Berlin. As a result, Elia Group received the vehicle’s digital identity securely during the process.

Felix Kohlbrenner spoke with Helen Burgess from Elia about what this solution means for the future of EV charging in the following video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdXqhNjQQdM&t=1s

The fruitful exhibition expands on Elia’s continuous work with Energy Web on the E-Mobility Dashboard. The E-mobility Dashboard is an open platform intended to simplify the identification of EVs and charge points.

This dashboard empowers all parties to receive reliable, secure data through Energy Web’s e-roaming hub: the Open Charging Network.

E-Mobility Dashboard

This network and dashboard significantly improve the course of information trade between EV owners and members of the energy sector, like TSOs, energy providers, and adaptable specialist organizations.

Usually, when charging an EV, the nearby grid administrator gets aggregated information on vehicle charging without getting the specifics on the particular vehicle. However, when other market players use the same identity for payments, it wipes out inefficiencies and oversharing of individual data.

Energy Web’s operating system empowers digital identities to be assigned to EVs and stored on the vehicles’ digital wallets. This system enables the car to safely impart its identity to the TSO without sharing the driver’s identity.

Secure Visibility for TSOs

The demonstration displays how visibility is accomplished comprehensively and securely between both members of the charging process.

Expanding the visibility of various assets in the system is crucial to develop EV charging further, and this demonstration empowers future solutions, including charging using 100% renewable energy.

“By assigning digital identities to EVs using Energy Web’s blockchain-based operating system, TSOs can finally benefit from visibility at the device level which they have never had before. EV users benefit too — in the future, drivers will have their vehicle recognized automatically wherever they are charging and whichever operator they charge with, and will be able to receive a guarantee that they charged using energy generated exclusively from renewable sources.”

Jesse Morris – CEO of Energy Web

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“Thanks to BMW Group for being involved with this exciting demonstration, a world-first for TSO-visible electric vehicle charging. We’re looking forward to furthering our work with Energy Web on these cutting-edge charging solutions. Today, EV charging processes are not individually captured which prevents an active management of charging processes. Only with visibility on individual charging processes as well as a secure identification of involved participants, grid operators can enable flexibility use cases or offer new services such as supplier switching at the charging station.”

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