V2G – Creation of a conversion plan for vehicle to grid interface development

Vehicle to Grid

The project will develop concepts for interaction portals (visualization and user interface) for electric automotive customers in the Smart Grids model region of Salzburg, evaluate requirements  and provide a cost/benefit analysis of a future vehicle to grid implementation in the form of a feasibility study. A plan for the implementation of concrete software solutions (experimental development) as well as demonstration projects will be drawn up.

The emerging structural change in the Austrian energy system caused by the increased use of electric vehicles will significantly increase the demands on system operation. Significant efficiency gains can be achieved by successfully integrating the increasing number of electric mobility clients into the existing grid infrastructure. However, this optimization approach requires the detailed recording of the internal processes of the companies, as well as the definition of future business models, which should on the one hand ensure the greatest possible comfort for the customers and on the other hand they could also benefit the system operator.

In terms of strategic positioning towards customer integration in the concept of Vehicle to Grid, the question arises as to which solutions are technically feasible and economically viable in a suitable operating model in which it is possible to be able to create demonstration areas and pilot programs.
The key questions of this feasibility study are therefore:

  • Which technical parameters are required in the area of Salzburg so that a large-scale Vehicle to Grid implementation can  be achieved and how can the visualization concepts be implemented in a practical and affordable way
  • How should the “Salzburger” vehicle-to-grid-based visualization solutions be designed in order to achieve an optimal cost-benefit ratio?

The project will conduct a feasibility study, during which the technical requirements (hardware and software) for the concept of proper Vehicle-to-Grid visualization processes within Salzburg AG will be evaluated, so that extra processes such as new billing systems (i.e. Grim Roaming) will be enabled.

These visualization concepts will be adapted to daily needs of electrical vehicle customers and the proper layout design will be determined. In addition, a cost/benefit analysis will be carried out for the respective concepts developed and corresponding market opportunities will be derived.

The major results of these projects will be:

  • A technical requirement handbook for hardware and software solutions in the company: Salzburg AG
  • Business models and associated visualization concepts for vehicle to grid applications in the modelled Salzburg region
  • A requirement handbook for platform independent  visualization applications
  • An Implementation plan (Business and Implementation plan) for the accurate implementation of individual solutions

The concepts that will be developed will be offered to the customers of the Salzburg ElectroDrive Initiative in a subsequent development and demonstration phase with the purpose to induce synergies while maximizing the comfort of existing customers.

Vehicle to Grid Interface

Vehicle to Grid Interface


About Lampros Fotiadis

Lampros Fotiadis MEng, MBA, was born in 1980 in Greece. His passion for engineering led him to receive his Engineer’s degree (MEng equivalent) from the Electrical and Computer Engineering school of the Aristotle University (Greece) in 2004. During his studies, he specialised in Electronics and Computer Engineering. In his diploma thesis, he simulated and implemented a multi-zone fuzzy-logic heating system using a real-time reconfigurable System-on-Chip. Pursuing a holistic approach to solving engineering problems, he successfully earned an MBA degree from the University of Macedonia (Greece) in 2006 and his master thesis examined the relation between European environmental policies and the European Energy market. He worked as an expert IT and Physical security consultant for more than 10 years and his expertise include system design and requirement analysis, system integration and product management. His recent areas of interests are Data Science, Machine Learning, Autonomous Driving and Smart Grids. Since February 2017 he is working as project member at the Institute of Computer Technology in the Energy&IT Group, where he is especially contributing know-how as IT and physical security consultant in the areas of smart grids and industry 4.0.
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