open ECOSPhERE – Cashless loading to make Electric Vehicles more attractive
Using broadband powerline to exchange real time information about energy availability opens up a range of possibilities to make electric vehicles more attractive.
Project open ECOSPhERE proposes a revolutionary ICT infrastructure that will allow electric vehicles to be used as storage for renewable energies in the grid, and is exploring options for secure, cashless loading, and cross-charging between entities in the network.
A consortium led by RWE has moved to the next phase of its €10.5m project open ECOSPhERE, supported by 4.9 million in funding from the German Ministry of Economics and Technology.
Open ECOSPhERE developed service-oriented ICT applications for the optimal integration of electric vehicles in the energy systems using renewable energies. The resulting energy management system is complemented by the development of ICT-based comfort services such as new payment methods or even new reservation systems.
- RWE Efficiency GmbH (leader),
- Continental Automotive GmbH, Ewald Consulting,
- Power Plus Communications,
- RWTH Aachen,
- Technical University of Dortmund