Eaton joins forces with EU-backed Flow consortium to develop and demonstrate integrated charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

6 July 2022

Eaton, an intelligent energy management company, today announced its involvement in a pan-European research and innovation project to deliver the integrated technologies and business models needed to support the mass deployment of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.

Supported by the European Union's research and innovation program Horizon Europe , the €9.87 million ($10.41 million) project will span four years until March 2026 and cover the entire electric vehicle charging value chain. The FLOW project consortium, which includes 24 external partners and six leading universities across Europe, will be led by the Fundació Institut De Recerca En Energia De Catalunya .

Eaton's role in the consortium relates to the further development of charging technologies for electric vehicles and the demonstration of charging solutions for electric vehicles. This will be based on experience driving the company's Buildings as a Grid approach to unifying the power needs of buildings and electric vehicles with on-site renewable energy generation.

The research and innovation focus will span Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) capabilities that enable greater system flexibility; DC-DC charging (DC to DC) that provides both power quality and control benefits; and continued work on Eaton's proprietary Buildings-as-a-Grid Energy Management System that supports forecasting, optimization and other essential services. To combine the different technologies into a complete solution, several Eaton business units will collaborate on the project, including the pan-European Eaton Research Labs team and the Eaton Center for Intelligent Power in Dublin, Ireland.

Stefan Costea, Regional Technology Manager, Eaton Research Labs, said: “As electric vehicles become increasingly popular across Europe, there is an urgent need for a comprehensive suite of fully integrated charging technologies to support mass deployment and enable valuable new services. partner in the FLOW project, we are pleased to develop optimal solutions for electric vehicle charging, V2G, V2X and energy management.We will demonstrate these technologies in three test labs: at the Eaton European Innovation Center in Prague, at University College Dublinand at the Fundació Institut De Recerca En Energia De Catalunya in Barcelona. In addition, we will support large-scale technology demonstrations in Rome and Copenhagen with our energy management systems.”

For the demonstrations in Prague and Barcelona, ‚Äč‚ÄčEaton will work closely with Heliox , a market leader in fast charging solutions. University College Dublin and nearby Maynooth University will collaborate with Eaton in Ireland, while RWTH Aachen University in Germany, will collaborate with Eaton in Prague on a techno-economic analysis of use cases for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. In Rome and Copenhagen, Eaton will collaborate on the interoperability of energy management systems with companies known for their transmission and distribution: ENEL , Terna and Areti, in addition to partners from Ricerca Sul Sistema Energeticoand the Technical University of Denmark .

Tim Darkes, President, Corporate and Electrical, EMEA, Eaton, explained the context for Eaton's involvement in the FLOW consortium by stating: "Our work on integrating charging infrastructure in buildings supports the rapid transition to electric vehicles as part of of the energy transition and we are very proud to invest heavily in the people, technologies and programs to accelerate the global drive towards a low-carbon future.”

Jörgen von Bodenhausen, senior manager, Government Programs, Eaton, added: “We are constantly looking for opportunities to combine our global scale and expertise with that of world-class industrial and academic partners, increasing our own innovation efforts. From integrating energy management to DC-DC charging, our work on the FLOW project will help pioneer new solutions to accelerate the commercialization and mass deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and create entirely new value propositions for both businesses and customers. to create."

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