Highly efficient and trustworthy components and systems for the next generation energy supply infrastructure


Progressus supports the European climate targets for 2030 by proposing a next generation smart grid, demonstrated by the application example “smart charging infrastructure” that integrates seamlessly into the already existing concepts of smartgrid architectures keeping additional investments minimal. The expected high-power requirements for ultra fast charging stations lead to special challenges for designing and establishing an intelligent charge-infrastructure. As emission free traffic concepts are a nascent economic topic also the efficient use of charging infrastructure is still in its infancy. Thus, novel sensor types, hardware security modules, inexpensive high bandwidth technologies and block-chain technology as part of an independent, extendable charging energy-management and customer platform are researched for a charging-station energy-microgrid. Research of new efficient high-power voltage converters, which support bidirectional power flow and provide a new type of highly economical charging stations with connected storage and metering platform to locally monitor the grid state complements the activities. The stations are intended to exploit the grid infrastructure via broadband power-line as communication medium, removing the need for costly civil engineering activities and supplying information to the energy management solutions for utilization optimization. Smart-Contracts via block-chain offer a distributed framework for the proposed energy management and services platform. Furthermore hardware security hardens the concept against direct physical attacks such as infiltration of the network by gaining access to the encryption key material even when a charging station is compromised. Progressus solutions are estimated to enable a carbon dioxide saving of 800.000 tons per year for only Germany, will secure the competitiveness of European industry and research by extending the system know how and will thus safeguard employment and production in Europe.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Aldo Romani

Unibo involved Department/s:
Centro di Ricerca sui Sistemi Elettronici per l'Ingegneria dell'Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni "Ercole De Castro" - ARCES (Advanced Research Center on Electronic System)

Infineon Technologies Ag(Germany)

Other Participants:
Centre Tecnològic De Telecomunicacions De Catalunya - Cttc (Spain)
Slovenská technická univerzita v Bratislave - Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovak Republic)
Università  degli Studi di MESSINA (Italy)
Eindhoven University Of Technology - Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Devolo Ag (Germany)
Ceus Ug (Germany)
Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario Per La Nanoelettronica (Italy)
Enel X Srl (Italy)
Heliox Bv (Netherlands)
Greenflux Assets B.V. (Netherlands)
Technische Universiteit Delft - Delft University Of Technology (Netherlands)
Mixed Mode Gmbh (Germany)
Stichting Elaadnl (Netherlands)
R-Das Sro (Slovak Republic)
Technische Hochschule Köln - TH Köln (Germany)
STMicroelectronics S.r.l. (Italy)
Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion (Spain)
Iquadrat Informatica Sl (Spain)
Hybrid Energy Storage Solutions Sociedad Limitada (Spain)
Friedrich Alexander Universitaet Erlangen Nuernberg (Germany)
Politecnico di BARI (Italy)

Third parties:
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 5.814.389,74
Project Duration in months: 42
Start Date: 01/04/2020
End Date: 30/09/2023

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Affordable and clean energy This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 876868 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 876868