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A new Horizon Europe project, SCALE kicks off

14.06.2022

Rupprecht Consult participates in the SCALE project which started on 1 June 2022 as part of the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme in support of the European Union’s Green Deal and aligned with the vision of 2Zero Partnership. SCALE aims to explore and test smart EV charging and Vehicle-2-Everything (V2X) solutions across different vehicle segments and use cases. This will shape a new energy eco-system wherein the potential of energy storage that EV batteries offer, will be harnessed for the first time at "Scale".

SCALE is a 3-year project co-funded by the new Horizon Europe Programme with a budget of ca. €10 million. In Europe, the mass deployment of electric vehicles is driven by the EU Smart Mobility strategy, EU Green Deal and the interim Fitfor55 Package, all aiming for a climate-neutral Europe. There is the need for implementing smart and digitally controlled charging systems and preparing energy networks to utilize the surplus energy stored in EV batteries through state-of-the-art V2X technologies. In fact, mass-deployable innovations to seamlessly integrate EVs into the power system will increase the energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in households, neighborhoods, industries, cities and regions. This would have a particularly high impact on reducing carbon emissions. SCALE’s strategic objective is to create an open system solution, deploying a user-centric approach, thus reducing the need for power grid reinforcement investments through smart charging and V2X solutions. SCALE paves the way to achieving the Fitfor55 goals. The project will test and validate a variety of smart charging and V2X solutions and services in 13 use cases in real-life demonstrations in 7 European contexts: Oslo (NO), Rotterdam/Utrecht (NL), Eindhoven (NL), Toulouse (FR), Greater Munich Area (GER), Budapest/Debrecen (HU) and Gothenburg (SE). 

The consortium comprises cutting-edge European e-mobility actors. It is led by ElaadNL, one of the world’s leading knowledge and innovation centres in smart charging and charging infrastructure. 

SCALE builds upon the progress and the future plans of the first bi-directional region in the world, Utrecht. The twenty-nine partners, covering the entire smart charging & V2X value chain include leading original equipment and charging manufacturers (Hyundai, Renault, SONO, Polestar, VDL, ABB), DSO/TSOs (LVN, Enedis), European Crowd Balancing Platform (Equigy), Flexibility Service Providers (Enervalis), Charge Point Ooerators (CPOs) and e-Mobility Service Providers (We Drive Solar, GoodMoovs, Current, EMS), public authorities (City of Utrecht), research & knowledge partners (ElaadNL, Bayern Innovativ, RISE, Trialog, CERTH, University of Utrecht, Chalmers, FIER, Rupprecht Consult), European networks & multipliers (POLIS, UEMI, AVERE), as well as consumer associations (Elbil) from eight countries are working together  for  three  years to  exploit  the  untapped  potential EVs and renewable energy offer to the power systems and the energy ecosystem.

Quick facts:

  • SCALE is funded by the European Union Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme,
    • GA number: 101056874
    • Duration: 1 June 2022 – 31 May 2025
    • Pilot sites: Oslo (NO), Rotterdam/Utrecht (NL), Eindhoven (NL), Toulouse (FR), Greater Munich Area (GER), Budapest/Debrecen (HU), Gothenburg (SE)

Further Information

Henning Günter

+49 221 6060 55 13

h.guenter@rupprecht-consult.eu

Shreesha Vaidhya

+49 221 6060 55 24

s.vaidhya@rupprecht-consult.eu

Wolfgang Backhaus

+49 221 6060 55 19

w.backhaus@rupprecht-consult.eu