IDEAL - Innovative DC-technology for sustainable integration of modern charging infrastructure for electric mobility

  Project logo IDEAL

Project duration: 06/2021–05/2024

Funded by: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK)

Funding code: 01MV21008A

Consortium partners:

  • Elexon GmbH
  • Paxos Consulting & Engineering GmbH & Co. KG
  • Siemens AG Technology (T) Research in Energy and Electronics
  • RWTH Aachen University, Chair of Management Accounting
  • RWTH Aachen University, E.ON Energy Research Center, Chair for Energy System Economics
  • RWTH Aachen University, E.ON Energy Research Center, Institute for Power Generation and Storage Systems

Associated partners:

  • Avacon Natur GmbH
  • Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH

The development of a nationwide charging infrastructure for electric mobility faces a number of challenges at the technical, ecological and economic levels. The rapid development of fast-charging infrastructures is currently challenged by high costs as well as a lack of integration capability into the energy system. Hence, a methodical approach of the overall system is required in order to handle the paradigm shift induced by the ram-up of electric mobility for the transport and energy sectors. In this respect, methods and solution approaches for the design and evaluation of technical components, system architectures and business models for the development of the ecological and economic potentials of modern DC-based charging infrastructures for electric mobility are to be elaborated within the research project IDEAL.

An interdisciplinary consortium consisting of industry representatives in the field of charging systems for electric vehicles and scientists from RWTH Aachen University will develop adaptive DC-based system solutions. These are intended to achieve additional benefit for the energy system while reducing costs and increasing the resource efficiency of charging infrastructure.

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On the part of FCN-ESE, the objective is to investigate the ecological impact of modern DC-based fast-charging infrastructures for electric mobility. The resource use and environmental impact of the DC-based charging infrastructure system over the entire life cycle compared to conventional charging systems will be analysed using the life cycle assessment method. Based on this, the changes in resource input as well as energy use in a large-scale deployment of the technology and their interactions with the energy system will be investigated. For this purpose, non-linear dependencies of the resource demand and the demand of essential components will be taken into account.


Praktiknjo, Aaron © Copyright: Martin Braun


Aaron Praktiknjo

Head of Chair for Energy System Economics (FCN-ESE)


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