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EVerest: Recharging The EV Charging Stations With Open Source


Guest: Dr. Marco Möller (LinkedIn)
Organizations: LF Energy (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Show: State of Energy

EVs or electric vehicles are the future of transportation. BMW’s announcement of a color-changing EV at CES 2022 was a great example. EV is where all innovation is happening these days.

That said, the fun of driving an EV hits a speed breaker when it comes to charging outdoors. Unlike gas, not only does it take much longer to charge (which is getting better), in most cases the charging just won’t work. The problem lies largely in software implementation of how each vendor tries to reinvent their own wheel. Every car vendor and charging network is using their own stack of software solutions for charging stations which creates a very frustrating experience for drivers.

We live 15 minutes away from Washington DC. There are 3 EV charging stations near my house. But when you check the status on the app, most of the time they are broken and not available.

Dr. Marco Möller, CEO of PIONIX, agrees with the situation, “… a charging station is not just talking to a car, it’s also talking to your home solar system, it’s speaking to some cloud components for making payments, it’s speaking to a mobile app and may be it’s speaking to your grid provider to find out when electricity is cheap or if there’s a demand shortage or demand peak. There is just so much interconnection”…which also means there is more surface area for problems. That’s the problem Dr Möller is trying to solve with open source.

To eliminate the fragmentation and complexity of charging station software, PIONIX GmbH has created a new open source software stack, called EVerest, for e-charging infrastructure. The project is hosted at LF Energy and the scope of the software stack goes beyond just the charging stations and can solve many more problems related to the energy sector.

From a technical perspective, there is a software stack that runs on top of Debian with the MQTT framework. There are different modules that can be configured for different use cases whether it’s connecting to a home solar or sharing energy in a parking garage, or using bitcoin for payment; any use case can be supported via a module.

To learn more about the project, please watch the video.

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