13.7.2020
- Press Release
Electrification of the logistics sector: gridX equips DHL Express Berlin with dynamic load management
Electric vehicles with increasing importance for CEP services

Munich - In a now completed pilot project, gridX has intelligently networked thirteen charging points at the Berlin site of DHL Express. The suitable charging infrastructure of innogy eMobility Solutions GmbH was provided by the network service of innogy Westenergie. The dynamic load management optimizes the network charges and provides a constant overload protection so that the operative business in the distribution center is not endangered.

Electric vehicles play an increasingly important role for the logistics sector. So-called courier, express and parcel services (CEP) are increasingly converting to e-mobility to enable more sustainable delivery. Providers of CEP services mainly transport consignments with relatively low weight and volume, allowing a high degree of standardisation in processing.The sorting of the shipments is largely automated, so that they can be transported reliably, in a short time and with a high degree of efficiency. To ensure this reliability, the smooth operation of the sorting machine is a top priority, as is the case at the DHL Express site inBerlin.

The challenge in integrating the charging stations is therefore how to handle the increased volume of energy. Charging the electric fleet must ensure that the fail-safe operation of the sorting machine is not compromised. The solution is provided by the dynamic load management of gridX. It guarantees constant overload protection so that electric vehicles can be charged without any concerns or consequences for the operative business. Taking into account the building load and the grid connection point, the available power is dynamically distributed to the charging points. If the building's grid connection point reaches its maximum capacity, the dynamic load management system automatically adapts the charging behavior of the electric vehicles within seconds. Another important aspect of load management is the optimization of grid charges.

The dynamic load management at DHL Express in Berlin was fully tested during its implementation and meets the highest quality and safety requirements. Thirteen electric vehicles with a maximum charging capacity of 22 kw each were available for charging. At all times, it was possible to guarantee that the load management system would optimize the network connection point and ensure overload protection during normal operation in the distribution center.

gridX' manufacturer-independent solution Smart Charging enables fleet managers with a high number of charging points to control all charging processes in a cost-effective and intelligent way. The use of electric fleets is particularly suitable for the logistics industry in large cities. Short distances are often covered. In addition, electric vehicles are subsidized by the state. In order to further advance electrification and use renewable energies efficiently, it is essential to expand the charging infrastructure and appropriate load management.

About gridX

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our times but today's power grid is not built for the uncertainty and decentral nature of renewable energies. gridX builds the digital infrastructure to enable the energy transition. Therefore, gridX develops XENON the platform to connect all distributed energy resources. gridX customers can develop their own energy applications on top of XENON or opt for ready-made solutions.