ENGIE, Smappee and EVBox are joining forces to put The Outlook building at Schiphol Central Business District at the heart of a green transport revolution.
Microsoft employees working at The Outlook building, managed by Schiphol Real Estate, can charge their electric cars at one of the 40 new charging stations. Interestingly enough, the building’s infrastructure actually provided only 17 charging stations 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 developed by ENGIE and Hitachi: allowing a dynamic (smart) exchange of energy between cars, building and grid.
Addressing EV charging challenges.
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 joint project between Smappee, ENGIE and EVBox.
Dynamic load balancing for safe, optimised EV charging.
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 is the first to benefit from the new tech. The 40 electric vehicle charging stations 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 drawn when required to avoid overloads or additional charges for exceeding peak capacity limits, simultaneously ensuring that every vehicle is optimally charged. It will also enable demand response services by either putting back electricity from the vehicles to the building or by adjusting their charging rate. These demand response services will also be possible towards the grid.
The Outlook is now able to operate all 40 EV charging points using infrastructure originally designed to support just 17 and realising considerable savings by not having to change anything about the current infrastructure
Jan Willem Weissink, Managing Director of Schiphol Real Estate at Royal Schiphol Group, says: “Whether it is bidirectional EV charging, smart office buildings or the rollout of our sustainability objectives, partnering with leading firms like ENGIE, Smappee and EVBox is helping us to meet our sustainability goals and future-proofing our business.” Schiphol Real Estate aims to replicate these successful initiatives in other locations.