Audi promotes EEBUS standard for intelligent connection of electric cars and buildings
Audi is involved in the EEBUS initiative to promote networking across manufacturer and industry boundaries: e-tron is the first electric car whose charging system uses the new communication standard.
As an energy storage device, the electric car has great potential to drive the energy transition forward and absorb peak loads resulting from regenerative generation.
Cars are stationary for most of the day, which leaves a great deal of time for flexible charging. Because of this, the new power consumers not only present an additional load on the power grid, but can potentially serve as flexible storage devices in the context of the variable availability of solar and wind power.
Inside a building, electric cars and household appliances, heat pumps, and other consumers can coordinate their particular power requirements, thereby preventing overloads. However, this requires all large power generators and consumers to be connected in order to ensure intelligent control of power requirements.
This is precisely what the EEBUS initiative has defined as its goal. Audi is working together with more than 70 international companies to create the common language for energy management.
During the “Plugfest E-Mobility” at the Audi plant in Brussels, EEBUS members will perform model tests to check whether the photovoltaics system, the charging infrastructure, the electric car, and the heating system can communicate without interference. The devices are connected via what is known as a Home Energy Management System.
Following the “Plugfest,” the companies involved will pass the EEBUS specification for the area of e-mobility.