Electric vehicles or other e-mobility solutions such as e-car sharing, e-buses, e-cargo bikes, etc. will become a significant part of our everyday lives. Providing sufficient collective parking and charging infrastructure in our cities for a wide variety of e-mobility services, powered by renewable energy sources, will be a huge challenge. In the HUME project, a smart concept is developed for e-mobility hubs for urban environments. The algorithms required for smart charging within such nodes are extensively tested within the Open Thor Living Lab.
In the interdisciplinary cooperative project ‘Hub for Urban Mobility and Renewable Energy' (HUME), Blue Corner has joined forces with Alfa Technical Installations, Multiobus, Leasinvest Real Estate and Move as well as with VITO, KU Leuven and EnergyVille to investigate fully secured complex microgrids and smart charging strategies.
This project, supported by VLAIO, will examine what a smart concept for combined renewable energy and e-mobility hubs for urban environments can look like.
The focus will be on innovative services, the optimized hardware and control architecture for the microgrid electrical system, a data-driven multi-objective smart charging strategy and the overarching architecture that enables the integration of these elements.
The ultimate aim of the project is to:
- increase the capacity of charging stations in mobility hubs while respecting the current grid capacity,
- improve the local use of renewable energy,
- reduce the HVAC energy consumption of the connected buildings,
- reduce the investment cost of electrical installations for HUME’s, compared to an equivalent non-smart installation,
- achieve additional revenue for building/parking/charging operators through combined or ancillary services.
The project will take 30 months and started on 1 September 2021.
This project is supported by the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO).