ENGIE gearing up for smart, green mobility
Reducing traffic congestion, enhancing safety, improving signage and promoting clean vehicles – all of them form part of ENGIE’s green mobility strategy under which the Group is developing smart technical and technological solutions that are vital to you getting around.
This week, we are celebrating mobility – a domain that is becoming ever more electric as well as greener and smarter. ENGIE’s entities are certainly doing their bit in this regard, as can be seen in projects ENGIE Fabricom has participated in, such as the new more environmentally friendly and cost-effective LED lighting for the Montgomery Tunnel and the mobile bridge – the only structure of its kind in Belgium – forming part of the new A11 motorway linking Bruges and Knokke.
To increase safety and improve the flow of traffic, ENGIE Fabricom is also developing and installing smart sign gantries, dynamic systems guiding motorists to vacant parking spaces and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras able to identify the most heavily polluting vehicles in low-emission zones such as in Antwerp.
Cutting-edge charging points for electric vehicles
At ENGIE, the main focus is on electric cars. Since 2011, ENGIE Cofely has installed more than 750 charging stations on corporate sites (Swift, GSK, Mastercard and Eurocontrol to name but a few) and also at many residential addresses, with VW, Audi, Porsche and ALD Automotive customers all able to draw on its expertise for charging points at their homes.
ENGIE Electrabel offers a range of charging solutions, catering for every type of vehicle. In the case of the residential charging stations, ENGIE Electrabel offers a service whereby smart charging points measure the domestic electricity consumption used for this purpose. Users have access to an online platform to track their vehicle’s consumption and, if they so wish, can draw on this additional service to claim this electricity back from their employer.
The growing number of electric vehicles is having an impact on businesses. Several electric vehicles charging up simultaneously on the same site may cause consumption to peak, increasing the relevant company’s electricity bill. To tackle this problem, ENGIE Lab developed ‘Smatch’, a series of smart algorithms that provide load control management. In practical terms, this solution involves the charging station asking the driver what time he or she will be leaving the site and how much charge will be needed. In this way the station’s charging capacity can be tailored to the consumption level and the demand for electricity of the rest of the site. These stations, which are already used by Swift among others, prevent overloads and keep infrastructure costs down, in particular for power cables.
ENGIE’s recent acquisition of EVBox, the Dutch world leader in charging equipment, means that the Group now has among its ranks a major partner having experience in this sector, with global sales of 50,000 charging points to date. This partnership with EVBox means that we can always be sure that we can offer our customers the right charger for home or work use.
Solar-powered carports connected to charging stations
ENGIE Cofely is Belgium’s first installer of facilities for charging electric vehicles and is also behind another first for this country: a solar charging station! The Solar Fast Charging Station is a carport whose roof is fitted with photovoltaic panels that supply power to charging points. Such a station generates enough electricity per year for an electric car to cover 25,000 km. This station also has a recording and invoicing module developed by the ENGIE Group. This charging station of the future is on show at Living Tomorrow in Vilvoorde.
Have a good journey!