E-mobility and smart grids: challenges and opportunities


April 4th, 2016, Münster (Germany)

"1 million e-cars by 2020 - this is one of the goals of the german government --  is the power grid ready for this challenge?" 


The workshop discusses challenges and opportunities that arise from the embedding of e-mobility and smart grids in an inter- and trans-disciplinary setting. 

We plan to discuss regulations and concepts that are able to ensure a successful integration of charging infrastructure for e-mobility and smart grids. The workshop is especially concerned with  the long-term effects of a large population of e-cars for the power grid. However, we also aim at discussing appropriate measures to increase user acceptance of e-cars and how known mobility patterns of users can help to reduce the impact on the grid. 

Workshop Program:

The program will consist of a variety of invited presentations both from industry and academia that focus on different aspects of e-mobility and smart grids, as well as of open discussions, covering the following aspects: 

  • mobility (specifically, assessment and analysis of preferences and needs)
  • consumer acceptance
  • human machine interfaces, 
  • load-balancing, 
  • charging and service infrastructures
  • battery technology and battery modelling.

The workshop is organized in cooperation with the conference MMB 2016 and will be held at the administrative center of the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, in room 152. Please register via the  conference registration. You are also welcome to join the conference reception on Monday evening, which will take place at the ‘Akademische Bieranstalt - Blaues Haus’.

Detailed Program: 


Prof. Dr. Johan Hurink (Unversity of Twente): Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids: A Stress Test and its Consequences


Prof. Dr. Doris Fuchs und Dr. Antonia Graf (University of Münster): Public Acceptance, Civic Engagement and Political Governance - E-Mobility from a Political Science Perspective


Matthias Löchte (Stadtwerke Münster):  Smart Grid - Why does my future car support the energy transition? And how can that make sense economically?


Dr. Martin Matzner (University of Münster): CrowdStrom: Developing a IT-based business model that makes private charging spots available to public users


Lunch break


Dr. Falko Mark Schappacher (University of Münster, MEET Battery Research): Lithium-Ion Batteries and their relevance for the mobility of the future using the example of a plug-in hybrid in an electromobility fleet test


Dr. Marijn Jongerden (University of Twente): Battery Modelling Center): Battery Modelling


Dr. Henrik Blunck (University of Münster): Utilizing Smartphones to Learn about and Modify Transport Behavior


Invited Talk held in the MMB/DFT Plenary: Dr. Christoph Stasch (52°North): Open Analysis of Crowdsourced Car Sensor Data - the enviroCar project


Coffee Break


Kirsten Schweers (RWE Effizienz): Grid-compatible charging - Existing solutions and outlook


Discussion on on Future Research, Project Visions, and Funding Opportunities


Dr. Henrik Blunck (homepage)
Dr. Martin Matzner (homepage)
Prof. Dr. Anne Remke (homepage)




Send questions or comments to Henrik Blunck, WWU Münster, © 2016 

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