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PSIsmartcharging prepares your network for electric mobility

In the context of shaping the mobility of the future in a sustainable way, a clear trend towards e-mobility is emerging. Public transportation fleets are electrified while the public and private charging station infrastructure is expanded. 

Given the increasing number of electric vehicles and associated increase in the number of charging stations, simultaneous charging processes can cause network congestion and subsequently outages. If strengthening the network is too costly or structurally impossible, PSIsmartcharging offers the ideal, sustainable platform for intelligent control and optimization of charging processes. In addition to grid stabilizing aspects, the system also takes into account operational demands and economic factors in the following areas:

  • Bus depots (public transport)

  • Fleet operators

  • Parking garages and public charging parks

  • Private infrastructure which is controlled from the operator´s perspective

How you benetfit with PSIsmartcharging

The modular structure and use of standardized communication interfaces make PSIsmartcharging manufacturer-independent and cater for virtually unlimited scalability and expandability. Leveraging PSI’s expertise in grid control systems, network technology, public transport, and logistics will bring the greatest benefits to the customer.

 

 

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Monitoring and control of the charging infrastructure with PSIsmartcharging. Here: Protocol of the vehicles and charging stations connected to the electrical grid

Efficient e-bus operations in our cities

For the public transport of the future, PSIsmartcharging exchanges data directly with bus depot management systems ensuring that electric buses’ batteries are charged in time for their planned routes and that safety aspects are observed. It continuously monitors the electrical grid and, in the event of imminent overload or restrictions in the energy supply, redistributes power to restore a stable network status. 

The system can flexibly factor changes in electricity prices into the charge planning and generate long-term additional revenue by offering control power. PSIsmartcharging supports integration of battery storage capacity at the bus depot to increase flexibility.

Reference project Hamburger Hochbahn AG

PSIebus (depot and charging management system of our subsidiary PSI Transcom GmbH) provides Hamburger Hochbahn AG with an integrated software solution that leverages expertise in both public transport processes and energy supplies. The system combines the depot management module PSIeDMS with the charging management System PSIsmartcharging. It takes into account important influences and dependencies relevant for efficiently controlling, charging and dispatching vehicles – both at the depot and along the route.

PSIsmartcharging monitors the power grids and the connected equipment in multiple bus depots at our customer. The management system determines and applies an intelligent charging strategy for the vehicles by taking into account the available energy and power as well as operational requirements. This approach yields optimum efficiency, availability, and operational reliability.

The system in use at Hamburger Hochbahn AG

Our intelligent load and charge management opens optimization potential and promotes consistent communication!

Network monitoring and control

  • Monitoring of all voltage levels
  • Automated switchovers in case of a fault
  • Support for emergency operation
  • Limitation in case of bottlenecks
  • Connections to the network control station
  • Power consumption monitoring

Charging planning

  • Charging that is precisely in line with demand
  • Prioritization according to departure time
  • Optimal planning of charging processes
  • Preconditioning of vehicles for their departure time

Connection to

  • Charging stations
  • Vehicles (bidirectionally)
  • Sensors according to industry standards
  • The upstream network operator
  • The depot management system

PSIsmartcharging controls charging infrastructure in the low voltage network

Due to the rollout of the charging infrastructure for private transport the numbers of charging stations and wall boxes in the low voltage grid are increasing. Even just a few vehicles charging simultaneously can overload a low voltage power line; consequently, the charging processes need to be monitored and controlled with the locally installed grid capacity as constraint.

In future, charging capacities and charging times can be controlled in automated processes considerating the present grid status and customer preferences. Local renewable energy generation and available battery storage will be integrated for decentralized energy generation and will increase flexibility for consumers in the low voltage line section.

Research project for autonomous driving

We are a supplier of hardware and software solutions for the ALigN research project. The project participants are working on the development of suitable solution concepts in the area of "Expansion of charging infrastructure by special grid support" (ALigN).

In the PSI Blog you will find further information on e-mobility.

Your contact

Dr.-Ing. Bernd Hillers
Business Development Manager Smart Grid

 

+49 441 390185-63

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