GIGATRONIK joins the EEBus Initiative

The federally funded EEBus initiative networks internationally leading companies and players in the energy, telecommunications and electronics sectors in order to create a sustainable infrastructure for smart networks. By joining EEBus, GIGATRONIK is promoting the integration of networked vehicles into this infrastructure.

The EEBus initiative, which unites international companies in the energy, electronics and information- and communication-technology sectors, is expanding its activities in the field of electromobility. The new EEBus networking concept, which facilitates intelligent communication between technical equipment that transcends trade and sector boundaries, is now targeting the incorporation of applications associated with cars. GIGATRONIK joined in the context of this development, and is supporting EEBus as a development partner to the automotive industry for intelligent connectivity. "The targeted expansion of the networking approach brings double benefits," emphasizes Peter Kellendonk, first chair of the initiative: "On one hand, we are integrating the increasingly widespread electric car into the smart shift in energy consumption. On the other, more user-friendly applications are becoming possible in vehicles." This involves more than better traffic control. "This is turning the car into an intelligent service provider for all matters related to individual mobility," explains Dr. Edwin Tscheschlok, chair of the board of directors of the GIGATRONIK group: "There is a direct matching of entries in the appointments calendar with destinations set in the navigation system. At the same information is transmitted to the communication system at home, so that it is optimized accordingly." For example, the heating program responds independently if the homeowner is making better progress through traffic than originally thought and will be home earlier as a result. It is also possible to imagine a networking of entertainment between the car and the home.

With regard to macroeconomic developments, this type of connectivity is even urgently needed. Due to the significant expansion of wind and solar power, the energy supply is becoming increasingly volatile. This is jeopardizing the stability of power grids. "This is why there is an urgent need to shift power consumption to times when the power supply is also large," said Kellendonk. This would have to be combined with effective storage of energy for times of lower production: "Electric cars are an effective means of doing this, with huge potential for the future." This is because, according to federal government plans, there will be one million electric cars on German roads in a few years' time. Through an extensive exchange of information, their refuelling with electricity will then be shifted to times when the energy utilities are urgently looking for ways to dispose of green electricity. "This type of intelligent networking would make it possible to build significantly less fixed energy storage," according to Kellendonk. The pressure to adapt will grow significantly in the coming years, because according to the plans announced by the German Grand Coalition in April, the share of wind and solar power is set to grow from currently about 25 percent to up to 45 percent in 2025 and up to 60 percent in 2035.

The EEBus initiative currently includes almost 50 companies; besides GIGATRONIK, these include companies such as ABB, Bosch, Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances, E.ON, EnBW, Intel, Kabel Deutschland, Liebherr, Miele, Schneider Electric, SMA, SolarWorld, Telekom, TÜV Süd and Vaillant, for example (a full list of members can be found here). The initiative has already implemented applications whereby products from more than 20 companies have exchanged status and control information and coordinated their usage, regardless of brand, device type and previous communication. The concept was also successfully implemented in a field trial with 250 households in Aachen as part of a project launched by the Federal Government.

To benefit fully from the potential of standardized information exchange, the initiative is aiming for worldwide application of EEBus technology. This is why a large part of the work of the initiative is on an international level and with standardization bodies the world over. This communication across national and device boundaries is the basis for new business models. "Especially in the automotive industry, connectivity is one of the innovation and growth engines of the future, and indeed across the world," explained GIGATRONIK's Dr. Tscheschlok: "With its open system into which all technical devices can be integrated, the EEBus approach is precisely the ideal starting point for this, and a significant plus point for international competition."

Florian Rubländer
Corporate Communications