Fastned is a European operator of fast charging stations founded in 2012 and based in Amsterdam. The company's goal is to accelerate the transition to sustainable mobility by building a pan-European network of 1,000 public fast charging stations at prime locations where electric cars are charged exclusively with green electricity – in cities, along highways or at readily visited locations like supermarkets.
The company's fast charging stations enable charging of up to 350 kW and can provide an electric car with up to 300km of range in just 15 minutes, depending on the car type. However, high performance charging also translates to sharper energy demand, which calls for more intelligent energy management systems to keep costs low and energy supply more stable.
Fastned chose our XENON energy platform as the manufacturer-independent building kit to cost-effectively build a custom energy and load management solution. This solution optimizes utilization of the grid connection point and reduces costs. The Grid Protector module allows significantly larger charging stations to be built without needing to increase the size of the grid connection.
PV systems can also be integrated to harness local solar power and, with the help of the Peak Shaver module, ensure that energy usage is used and distributed for EV charging in the most effectual and cost-effective manner. By choosing different charging modes, the usage of all assets can be optimized and convenience for users simultaneously increased.
A successful pilot project allowed the grid operator's control center to override the dynamic load management's local setting according to future energy regulation.
SMART/LAB chose to work with gridX as they needed a solution that would enable them to constantly extend and improve their offering as the e-mobility landscape evolves and their customers’ needs change.