CrossChargePoint – Integrated Multi-Energy Storages coupling the power network to the transportation sector
Planning, integration and operation of charging and refuelling infrastructures to supply e-mobility and the integration of charging and refuelling needs into energy management and regional value creation.
The coupling of the electricity sector with the transport sector is essential for more efficient energy use and thus for the decarbonisation of society. The CrossChargePoint project deals with the planning, integration and operation of charging and refuelling infrastructures to supply e-mobility and the integration of charging and refuelling needs into energy management and regional value creation. A system architecture and the infrastructure for data and information exchange for a regional energy management system are being developed and the interdependencies that occur between the ICT system, the electrical grid and the transport sector are being investigated.
In rural areas with low population density and limited grid capacities, the development of electricity-dependent infrastructures for alternative fuels is a challenge. The expansion of gas/hydrogen refuelling and charging infrastructures including the necessary grid and energy conversion infrastructures requires high efforts. The economic viability of the expansion measures is particularly questionable if the demand is limited to a few hours per week. This is a common case in regions with high transit traffic. On the other hand, rural regions must not be neglected in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the share of renewable energy in the transport sector (goals pursued by the European Union and countries such as Austria and Germany). The situation described applies to many regions throughout Europe, especially also in Austria. The overall objective of the project is to develop the technological concept of a CrossChargePoint (CCP), which will help to make the necessary infrastructure upgrades economically viable. The CCP combines fast charging capabilities with energy generation, energy carrier conversion and storage functions. On the one hand, the CCP enables the supply of alternative fuels (electricity, gas, hydrogen) to transport and, on the other hand, offers functions to support the local electricity grid.
The project will develop the concepts and technologies necessary for the CCP. The work focuses on three main objectives: Optimisation of CCP positioning, electricity grid-optimal CCP operation and development of a suitable ICT infrastructure. With regard to the optimisation of CCP positioning, the Austrian partners will contribute with a methodological approach to identify the most suitable locations for charging stations based on geo-economic parameters. The grid-optimal operation of the CCP mainly aims at providing an optimisation model and algorithm to mitigate the impact of charging on the electricity grid, based on the optimisation of battery storage and energy conversion technology utilisation and charging demand.
Salzburg Research will develop a comprehensive ICT infrastructure consisting of a data and information distribution platform, necessary measurement and monitoring systems, low-layer hardware control of CCP components and a general ICT architecture specification.