Project of the international consortium V4Grid has received funding from the European Interreg Central Europe programme - Skupina ZSE
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Project of the international consortium V4Grid, led by ZSE, has received funding from the European Interreg Central Europe programme

22. 5. 2024

Interreg

The innovative international V4Grid project has secured funding of nearly €2.4 million from the Interreg Central Europe program. This ambitious initiative is led by a consortium of 11 partners from the energy, academic and research, public administration, SME, and technology sectors from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary.

The V4Grid project aims to transform the existing Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology that facilitate the integration of electric vehicles into the power grid into a fully functional service in Central Europe. Utilizing transnational cooperation, the V4Grid consortium will focus on maximizing the potential of V2X technology, which encompasses Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), Vehicle-to-Building (V2B), and Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) functionalities.

V2X technology holds immense potential for the "new energy" landscape. Through this innovative approach, electric vehicles will be able to actively support the energy grid, contributing to a more sustainable and efficient energy ecosystem. Through V2X, electric vehicles can communicate with charging stations and the grid, optimizing charging times, reducing energy costs and even supply surplus energy back to the grid.

"We are honored to be leading the V4Grid consortium and working with partners across Central Europe. This project has the potential to create a space for the real utilization of V2X technology in the energy sector. The active participation of electric vehicles in the energy market and the utilization of V2X technology will pave the way for a more sustainable, efficient, and integrated energy future for Central Europe," stated Juraj Krajcár, Member of the Board of Directors at ZSE

The V4Grid consortium will install a total of 18 V2X chargers at 15 pilot locations in 4 Central European countries and 7 regions. It will also develop comprehensive business models and recommendations for key stakeholders.

Over the next 30 months, comprehensive data collection and analysis will be conducted, followed by the development and implementation of V2X services in the participating countries. This joint effort will contribute to a more integrated and intelligent energy system and create the prerequisites for a future, where electric vehicles will play a key role in grid stability and energy flow management.

Interreg Central Europe Programme

Interreg Central Europe is a transnational cooperation program funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the objective of European Territorial Cooperation. The program supports highly integrated partnerships that involve and represent different levels of government and administration, public and private sector bodies, and various policy areas. Through these partnerships, transnational cooperation projects are able to develop, prepare, and implement joint solutions to common problems and challenges.

About Consortium partners:

Západoslovenská energetika, a.s., (ZSE) is a company with over 100 years of history and belongs to the largest European energy group E.ON. Key activities include the operation of the electricity distribution system, the sale of electricity and gas, comprehensive solutions focused on the use of renewable resources and the construction of charging stations and the development of e-mobility in Slovakia. The ZSE Group is one of the leaders in Slovakia in the field of responsible business and its principles are part of our daily decisions and business strategy. 

Kempelen Institute of Intelligent Technologies (SK) is an independent, non-profit institute dedicated to intelligent technology research. It brings together and nurtures experts in artificial intelligence and other areas of computer science, with connections to other disciplines.

Technical University of Košice (SK) for more than 70 years of its existence has become one of the pillars of Slovak science and higher education, with an excellent international reputation.

ABB s.r.o. (SK) as a global leader in e-mobility industry delivers charging solutions to customers in the whole world with more than a decade of experience in the respective sector.

Premium Napelem Kft. (HU) is an innovative renewable energy company with two main areas of focus: outstanding customer service and developing connections between the photovoltaic industry and the automotive sector.

Meter Solutions Kft. (HU) helps businesses operating electric vehicle fleets in optimizing the fleet's charging sessions, reduce the charging site's grid impact and make their operation more sustainable.

Gablini Automotive Group (HU) is one of the best-established automotive dealer groups in Central & Eastern Europe.

E.ON Energie, a.s. (CZ) a member of E.ON Group is the second largest retailer of electricity in the Czech Republic. E.ON Energie, a.s.  sells electric power and natural gas and is a provider of B2B and B2C energy solutions to over 1 mil customers.

Institute of Fluid Flow machinery Polish Academy of Sciences (PL) founded in 1956, belongs to the Polish Academy of Sciences and has over 200 staff members. One of the most important research fields is distributed heat and power generation based on renewable resources.

R3 Sp. z.o.o.powerd by CCLaw. (PL) provides comprehensive legal support in the field of renewable energy sources and the e-mobility sector. R3 consists of legal experts in electromobility, renewable energy sources and real estate.

The Municipality of Przywidz (PL) also known as Gmina Przywidz, is a municipality in northern Poland. Przywidz is a self-government public body with a high degree of energy awareness.