Microsoft employees working at The Outlook building in the Netherlands, managed by Schiphol Real Estate, can charge their electric cars at one of the 40 new EVBox charging points. Interestingly enough, the building’s infrastructure actually allowed for only 17 charging points to be installed. This is where smart energy management comes into play.
With the smart solution offered by technical service provider and energy company ENGIE, charging station manufacturer EVBox and smart charging enabler Smappee, The Outlook is now able to operate 40 EV charging points instead of just 17, without having to change the current infrastructure. The installation also features bidirectional charging, developped by ENGIE and Hitachi: which allows a dynamic (smart) exchange of energy between cars, building and grid.
For the owners and operators of large retail and commercial buildings or major transport hubs, increasing numbers of electric vehicles can be a challenge when it comes to charging. The new energy management technology that ENGIE, Smappee and EVBox have developed allows for a low-cost alternative which reduces the need for changes in the current energy infrastructure. Schiphol Real Estate is leading the charge in a pioneering project.
To add more charging stations at The Outlook building, system integrator ENGIE implemented a unique solution together with its partners EVBox and Smappee: EV charging stations with dynamic load balancing. As such maximising the number of stations without overloading the building’s electrical capacity. Employees working in Schiphol Real Estates’ office building The Outlook are the first to benefit from the new technology.
The 40 electric vehicle charging points at The Outlook are divided into two 20-unit strings. At the head of each string is a smart charger equipped with Smappee Infinity technology. It tells the EVBox charging stations how much power to use, logically sequences charging and reduces the power output when needed. This is to avoid overloads or exceeding peak capacity limits, while simultaneously ensuring that every vehicle is optimally charged. It will also enable bidirectional charging: vehicles giving energy back to the building or grid when needed, and adjusting the charging rate when needed.
The Outlook is now able to operate all 40 EV charging points using infrastructure originally designed to support just 17 and is realising considerable savings by not having to change anything on the current infrastructure. Schiphol Real Estate aims to replicate this successful initiative in other locations.
“Whether it is bidirectional EV charging, smart office buildings or the rollout of our sustainability objectives, partnering with leading firms like EVBox, ENGIE and Smappee is helping us to meet our sustainability goals and future-proofing our business,” said Jan Willem Weissink, Managing Director of Schiphol Real Estate at Royal Schiphol Group.