AMPECO and OpenADR Alliance partner to unlock energy flexibility opportunities for electric vehicle (EV) charging in Europe

AMPECO and OpenADR Alliance have announced a partnership to empower global utilities and charge point operators in unlocking energy flexibility opportunities. The announcement was made at Enlit Europe 2022 in Frankfurt.

Coinciding with Europe’s largest event for distributed energy resources with more than 15,000 attendees, the announcement demonstrates the growing momentum for cloud-based demand response (DR) solutions in the context of electric vehicle (EV) charging.

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AMPECO provides an all-in-one EV charging management software platform built to suit the needs of high-growth customers. It offers a white-label, hardware-agnostic solution that covers all EV charging business use cases and allows customers to manage their network efficiently while providing an outstanding experience for EV drivers.

The OpenADR Alliance, a non-profit corporation created to foster the development, adoption and compliance of the Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR) standard

Through this partnership with OpenADR Alliance and the availability of AMPECO’s OpenADR 2.0b certified EV charging platform, charge point operators can now readily integrate their charging networks.  

They can also participate in cloud-based demand response events to generate extra revenue and explore new applications for dynamic pricing, renewable energy integrations and ancillary services.

Orlin Radev, AMPECO CEO, said: “AMPECO’s EV charging management platform is compliant with OpenADR, certifying that our software can communicate with utilities managing energy loads on the electrical grid. 

“This allows our global clients to cover new use cases by participating in demand response events, generate extra revenue, and offer new services.”

Utilities can use OpenADR to evolve their business models around EV charging demand response applications and embrace the new distributed energy paradigm. The OpenADR standard is ideally suited to send price signals making it easy for utilities to charge more in times of power constraint, allowing customers to delay charging when the grid is under stress.

Apart from the rapid delivery of price and event information through a secure network, OpenADR provides several benefits for utilities and energy providers. These include increased grid reliability, attainment of DR goals, the mitigated impact of critical peak pricing (CPP) events and enhanced customer value.

Rolf Bienert, OpenADR Alliance executive and technical director, said: “Today we are taking another major step in expanding OpenADR-certified products to the global market, and ensuring that they are tested for quality, security and interoperability.

“We look forward to collaborating with AMPECO on opportunities for the OpenADR standard to help manage distributed energy resources throughout Europe.” 

The OpenADR certification of AMPECO’s EV charging platform enables charge point operators to participate in demand response events, opening up new business opportunities and allowing for greater value stacking. 

Recognised by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as an international standard, OpenADR is becoming the most common standard used by utility and wholesale market DR programs. 

It has already been used in EV charging by utilities in partnership with automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The standard continues to grow globally, with an uptick in deployments in Germany, the UK, and across Western Europe.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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