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.

Kortrijk, Belgium, 19 september 2019 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.

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About Smappee

Smappee is an award-winning global cleantech company that aims to save its customers energy and money by reducing energy consumption and improving energy efficiency. Our future-proof energy monitoring system uses state-of-the-art technology to analyze the real-time use of electricity, solar power, gas and water. Smappee is a leading player in its field, offering accurate energy data down to the appliance level. Thanks to its low TCO and multiple integration options, Smappee is the perfect match for ESCOs and companies looking for IoT energy technology integrations.


ENGIE Nederland is a services and energy company that takes the lead in sustainable change. ENGIE Nederland consists of ENGIE Services (market leader in technical services) and ENGIE Energie. As one ENGIE we respond responsibly to social developments and pave the way for a new, CO2-neutral, sustainable and digital generation. Our 6,200 employees help companies, institutions and consumers with smart innovative technical solutions, integrated sustainable area development, energy-efficient smart building solutions, and reliable generation and supply of green energy. ENGIE Nederland is part of the ENGIE Group, a listed company with 160,000 employees worldwide and a turnover of 60.6 billion euros in 2018

About EVBox

EVBox is the leading global manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations and charging management software. With an installed base of over 85,000 charging points, of which 700+ fast chargers, across 55 countries worldwide, EVBox drives sustainable mobility by bringing durable electric vehicle charging solutions to the world. Since March 2017, EVBox is a part of ENGIE. In 2018, EVBox acquired ultra-fast charging station manufacturer EVTronic, adding 1000 fast charging stations to its European network.

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