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E-Car mit Solartankstelle und Windkraft

MEISTER Project, towards smart e-mobility

When deploying electric vehicles (EVs) 3 major barriers come up: the high cost of vehicles, the low level of consumer acceptance, and the lack of recharging stations. A vicious circle.

That’s why 11 entities from 4 European countries decided to join and develop together the MEISTER project for 3 years.

MEISTER -funded by the Programme Horizon 2020- proposes to break this circle by designing, validating and promoting innovative business models to make it more attractive for operators to install charging infrastructure and for potential customers to use it.

MEISTER aims to change this market paradigm by delivering a set of tools to foster e-mobility large scale adoption by:
  • demonstrating innovative, sustainable business models to lower installation and operation costs of charging infrastructure
  • optimising usage of infrastructure by the smart combination of charging and parking services
  • integrating EV within Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs)
  • providing interoperable platforms and services to users for an easy, convenient and barrier-free access to charging, billing and smart grid services, including an increase of the use of RES and self-generation to power EVs

Pilot sites and impact

These solutions will be tested and validated in 3 urban areas: Malaga (Spain), Berlin (Germany), and Gothenburg (Sweden). The pilots will involve 51,500 users, 1,000 EV and 660 charging points.

The MEISTER approach can be transferred to cities across EU and expects to increase the EVs demand by 15%, reduce the installation costs of charging points by 20%, help reduce charging prices by 20%, increase by 30% the usage of RES to charge EVs and reduce the CO2 emissions in 199,750 Tons.

Latest achievements

In September 2018, the project celebrated its Kick-off Meeting in Berlin, where partners of the consortium started to define the first period developments.

So far, MEISTER has completed its comprehensive analysis of existing urban e-mobility ecosystems versus user needs, which included the execution of surveys in the MEISTER pilot sites and other relevant cities in the electromobility field such as Barcelona, Bremen, Madrid, Mantova, Oslo, and San Sebastian. Moreover, the e-Mobility legal framework and institutional structure were studied in order to incorporate the legal and regulatory requirements to the subsequent activities. Finally, scenarios and use cases were depicted in order to lead to the MEISTER user requirements currently defined, that will be used to build the MEISTER products/ services for end users.
On the other hand, the definition of the innovative business models for e-mobility smart and integrated services has already started and will provide 11 Strategic Outline Business Cases by September as the first step of the Five Case Model Methodology (strategic, economic, financial, commercial and management cases).

The design of the MEISTER e-mobility interoperable platform for smart cities (MEISTER product P2 and P3) has already been initiated with the design of the architecture of the MEISTER tools and services.

· L a t e s t · N e w s ·

Local workshops for the definition of use case scenarios and business models

During the last months, MEISTER partners have organised local workshops in Berlin and Malaga in order to better define the business models and solutions that will be demonstrated in those respective cities.

M á l a g a

The 23rd and 24th of January, Spanish MEISTER partners met in Málaga in order to work on the definition of the business models and solutions that will be implemented in the Málaga pilot site: e-Car Sharing in Municipal Fleet, City e-Logistics for Ultra-Low Emissions Hubs, Smart Park + Charge, and Smart Charging. This two-day visit allowed ETRA, Novadays and the Málaga City Council to discuss in detail the 4 business models mentioned above and to make a complete diagnosis of the current situation of Málaga and the needs of the city, its stakeholders and its citizens.
In this sense, a workshop was organized with logistics companies, public entities and commerce sector representatives, in which more than 20 participants were able to discuss and highlight their needs, requirements and objectives in relation to the electrification of logistics activities and how to achieve a cleaner and less congested operation.
Participants, such as SEUR or Association of Food, Beverage and Catering Supplies Distributors (ADISABES), shared and exposed the existing barriers and the challenges faced in their daily operation, and they agreed on the fact that collaboration between the different public and private entities is the only way to achieve an effective and sustainable design and implementation of solutions.

B e r l i n

During January and beginning of February the project partners of the Berlin pilot site met three times in order to discuss the business models and use cases to be applied in the city such as E-Carsharing as a Housing Service, Smart Park & Charge as well as Smart Charging.
In the first full-day workshop held in VMZ premises on the 11th of January, the Berlin-based partners Gewobag, IKEM, E.ON and VMZ Berlin as well as representatives of the city administration discussed the business models of E-Carsharing as a Housing Service and Smart Park & Charge to define what measures and solutions will be implemented and tested during the project´s piloting phase.
These two business models and the needed technical solutions will be primarily implemented in the residential area called WATERKANT which is currently developed and built by Gewobag in the west of Berlin.
On the 25th of January E.ON invited the Berlin partners to a second workshop in order to talk about the business model of Smart Charging. The main questions discussed were which smart charging solutions will be locally available in the pilot site and how they will be connected to the other MEISTER business models and integrated in MEISTER services and applications. In a third full-day workshop in the offices of Gewobag on the 14th of February the Berlin partners wrapped up the discussions on the three business models from the previous workshops and agreed on the next steps towards the specification of the technical and administrative measures and solutions.

Municipal authorities of Málaga met to coordinate the strategy of the city

On 3rd July, municipal authorities of the Málaga have met to coordinate the strategy of the city as part of one of the 3 pilots of MEISTER project, since the tasks will start from September in areas such as the city centre, Cruz de Humilladero and Carretera de Cádiz. Municipal authorities, together with the City Council's technical managers related to electric and …
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Municipal authorities of Málaga met to coordinate the strategy of the city

· I n t e r v i e w ·

B E R L I N , is one of our three pilot sites, the city puts emphasis on smart services for newly developed residential ares of Waterkant (2,500 new apartments): on-street and off-street charging infrastructure, e-car sharing services and reserved sensor-based management of e-car parking.
Ingmar Streese, Permanent Secretary for Transport of the Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection (SenUVK) explains further details of Berlin’s role within the project.

What are the e-mobility strategies in the city (planned or in place)?
Meanwhile, the topic of E-Mobility has found its way into nearly every planning framework or strategy in Berlin regarding transport. Detailed or rather comprehensive descriptions can be found in the concepts of the ‘Action Program Electro Mobility 2020’ (eMo 2014) and in the ‘Masterplan for sustainable and emission free mobility of the state of Berlin’ (SenUVK 2018).

How is the city promoting and boosting e-mobility adoption?
With the ‘Berlin Model’ the city is establishing a wide pool - currently more than 250 and growing - of uniformly designed public charging station with non-discriminatory access for BEV/PHEV-users, as well as of course for third-party operators, which can function as charge point operators as long as they follow the rules and the regulation process. Every user can charge at every station and due to special use permits and signs it is possible to secure parking lots in front of charging stations. The City of Berlin aims to achieve the milestone of 600 charging stations in the year 2020 and furthermore to push forward e-mobility in public transportation and in (municipal) sharing-fleets.

How is the city going to benefit by means of its participation in MEISTER?
The participation in this project allows the City of Berlin to benefit from the knowledge exchange with other European cities. The joined development and testing of new charging technologies in a rather experimental setting enables the city to gather valuable insights and possible development and regulation patterns for the future roll-out of charging infrastructure. Especially the connected exchange on regulative measures with other cities might open up options for an alternative (more effective) rollout of public charging infrastructure. Furthermore, the city of Berlin will strengthen its cooperation with housing companies, electricity providers and research institutions within the field of e-mobility during the joint work in MEISTER.

What is the main interest of the city in the MEISTER project?
The City of Berlin is looking for new and innovative solutions regarding public charging infrastructure and how to cooperate with city-owned and private companies in this matter, as well as answer to the question: ‘What are the current (legal) barriers hindering the spread of profitable and frequented charging infrastructure and how can we overcome them?’.

· A t t e n d e d · e v e n t s ·

GoMobility, 11 November 2018 in San Sebastian (Spain)
Digital Utility Forum, 28 May 2019 in Berlin (Germany)
13th ITS European Congress, 4 June 2019 in Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Intercharge Network Conference ICNC19, 13 June in Berlin (Germany)

· N e x t · s t e p s ·

1. Elaboration of the Outline Business Cases which will incorporate new content such as indicators, financial feasibility, final commercial strategy, etc. Best practices will be shared by the three cities.

4. Integration with smart grid services activities will implement the smart grid integration software which includes the MEISTER Smart Charging and Storage Platform (MEISTER product P5).

2. Following with the design of the MEISTER e-mobility interoperable platform for smart cities, the MEISTER services and applications will be specified for the subsequent development in the next phase.

5. Piloting MEISTER Integrated approach in the pilot sites will deploy and showcase innovative pathways to boost business models developed making use of MEISTER Technology, the European eMobility Expertise Centre and Smart Grid solutions in the pilot sites Berlin, Malaga and Gothenburg.
Woman charging her electro car at special parking, alternative energy and eco concept
3. Creation of a European eMobility Expertise Centre (EeMEC) and eSUMPS knowledge base that is the MEISTER product P4, in order to facilitate the transferability of best practices from the three cities participating in the project.
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