Charge@Home – SME Instrument Program

Charge@Home - SME Instrument Program (phase 1)

Software that enables fast charging services for electric vehicles at home.

The Charge@Home projects of ARIADNA GRID has been selected in phase -1 within the SME Instrument Program, part of the 8th European Framework Program for financing I+D+i, HORIZON 2020.

Objective

Current charging infrastructure for EVs causes range anxiety, the fear that an EV has insufficient range to reach its destination, one of the major barriers to large scale adoption. It makes sense to foresee that EVs will be usually charged at night when users arrive home from work, so EVs could have a significant impact on the peak demand of electricity at certain times. Apart from these predictable charging patterns, sometimes users might need charging batteries in a fastest way due to unforeseen travels, emergencies or because the user forgot to plug the vehicle in charge. However, maximum power to be used per customer is limited by a power contract in many countries. Solving these limitations is a priority in the EU.

Charge@Home SW is the unique smart charging technology for EV in the world that allows DSOs to determine maximum power drain for each user depending on actual network availability; thus enabling fast charging services that reduce EV charging time and eliminate range anxiety.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº790499.

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