Charge Con­struct and gridX coop­er­ate for the expan­sion of charg­ing infra­struc­ture in the field of load and ener­gy management

Two fast-grow­ing com­pa­nies are join­ing forces to accel­er­ate the mobil­i­ty tran­si­tion: GridX, the smart grid com­pa­ny recent­ly acquired by E.ON, today announced a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Charge Con­struct, a holis­tic charg­ing infra­struc­ture provider based in Ingol­stadt, Ger­many. With the dynam­ic load man­age­ment (DLM) solu­tion devel­oped on the basis of gridX tech­nol­o­gy, Charge Con­struct aims to become one of the lead­ing full-ser­vice providers for charg­ing infra­struc­ture in Ger­many and the DACH region.

The EU’s plans for achiev­ing the mobil­i­ty rev­o­lu­tion are ambi­tious: From 2035, for exam­ple, new cars will no longer be allowed to emit CO2. How­ev­er, lofty goals are a pos­i­tive thing, because they encour­age coop­er­a­tion between sus­tain­able com­pa­nies. That’s why gridX and Charge Con­struct have now pooled their resources and joint­ly devel­oped a DLM based on gridX tech­nol­o­gy. Charge Con­struct wants to cre­ate a nation­wide charg­ing infra­struc­ture, because this is the only way to suc­ceed in the turn­around to elec­tric mobility.

With dynam­ic load man­age­ment, Charge Con­struct com­ple­ments the charg­ing infra­struc­ture port­fo­lio towards a holis­tic provider. Cus­tomers can save both one-time invest­ment costs and oper­at­ing costs for their charg­ing infra­struc­ture by using the XENON dig­i­tal gridX ener­gy plat­form. By using “Grid Pro­tec­tor” and “Peak Shaver”, more charg­ing points can be real­ized with the same grid capac­i­ty, charg­ing process­es can be opti­mized with com­plex archi­tec­ture and tak­ing into account fluc­tu­at­ing build­ing loads.

By apply­ing the 15-minute opti­miza­tion, smooth and con­ve­nient charg­ing behav­ior at charg­ing sta­tions is achieved while avoid­ing expen­sive peak loads — thus ensur­ing cost-opti­mized and user-friend­ly oper­a­tion at all times. The Mul­ti-Fuse fea­ture also ensures that cur­rent draw lim­its are met in all areas and build­ings and that all fus­es are protected.

With the dynam­ic load man­age­ment solu­tion devel­oped, the net­work charge lim­it can be met at four times the num­ber of charg­ing points. By using the “Ener­gy Billing” mod­ule, Charge Con­struct can also use gridX to effi­cient­ly oper­ate non-pub­lic charg­ing infra­struc­ture. Addi­tion­al (back­end) sys­tems would not be nec­es­sary here, which in turn saves cus­tomers money.

The two com­pa­nies already equipped the pro­duc­tion site of Druck- und Ver­lagshaus Zarbock with twelve charg­ing points and a DLM in April. The goal was to avoid peak loads despite fre­quent and high­ly fluc­tu­at­ing build­ing loads and addi­tion­al charg­ing infra­struc­ture. This requires a sys­tem that can respond in real time and even in the absence of a net­work con­nec­tion — which is why Charge Con­struct and Zarbock chose gridX.

Ralf Zarbock, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Druck- und Ver­lagshaus Zarbock GmbH & Co. KG: “With gridX, we have cho­sen an effi­cient and reli­able com­pa­ny. gridX was able to imple­ment our require­ments flaw­less­ly and, as a cli­mate-neu­tral print shop, has reli­ably sup­port­ed us in con­vert­ing our vehi­cle fleet on the path to a sus­tain­able future.”

Andreas Booke, CEO and co-founder of gridX, says: “Dynam­ic load man­age­ment is incred­i­bly impor­tant for the mobil­i­ty tran­si­tion, because expand­ing the pow­er grid is expen­sive — an expan­sion of the grid con­nec­tion costs around 50,000 euros. With the XENON-based DLM, the cost­ly expan­sion is avoid­ed and, by reduc­ing peak loads, up to 2,000 euros per charg­ing point are saved per year. So it’s a win-win situation.”

Adri­an Zier­er, CEO and Co-Founder of Charge Con­struct: “Today’s and espe­cial­ly future demand for charg­ing infra­struc­ture often exceeds the avail­able pow­er at the site. With gridX’s dynam­ic load man­age­ment, we get the max­i­mum out of the charg­ing infra­struc­ture at every moment and offer the sil­ver bul­let of ener­gy and load man­age­ment with dynam­ic load management.”