Integrated charging hub and storage solution at grid operators’ EV test site
ElaadNL is a partnership of grid operators working together to understand electric vehicle infrastructure and its future impact on the grid. In 2018, it opened an electric vehicle charging test site in Arnhem, the Netherlands. The facility allows car manufacturers and grid operators to test different combinations of vehicle and charging solutions to better understand smart charging options in relation to grid power quality. As well as providing and grid connecting a substation at the site, Alfen also provided its electric vehicle charge points, arranged in a charging plaza, with dynamic load balancing. It also integrated its battery storage solution to optimise charging within the grid capacity and provide additional energy for specific test scenarios when required.