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SMART/LAB was founded in 2010 with the aim of conducting research for municipal utilities in the areas of energy management, grid integration and electromobility. In the meantime, research is no longer the only mainstay of the company, but the roots are still clearly recognizable. SMART/LAB meets the continuously growing challenges of the market with innovative research approaches in order to keep its finger on the pulse of time with its own products.

Close cooperation with our partners is an important success factor in transferring research results into practice and thus making them usable for our customers and partners. In this way, numerous research projects (Smart Wheels:, econnect: have resulted in successful products that have become an integral part of today's world of electromobility.


Realize your projects without having to worry about stumbling blocks or missed opportunities. SMART/LAB has the know-how when it comes to formulating and applying for electromobility projects; you have the ideas, the customers, the space, the demand ... We bring together what belongs together and draw on funding opportunities from a wide range of funding and research programs. Whether EMWF, evRoaming4EU, IP4MoVe ... Feel free to contact us -
we know where your project is at the right address.

The BiFlex-Industrie joint project is investigating the holistic development of the potential of regenerative vehicle fleets for operators and the electricity system. The specific benefits of regenerative vehicle fleets for companies and energy industry business models are to be worked out so that they can be integrated into existing systems on a large scale and become the nucleus for fleet power plants.


The primary objective of the SMART/LAB sub-project is to further develop the billing system for charging processes with regard to the requirements of V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) and bidirectional charging in general. Tariff models, incentive systems, charging process and vehicle information as well as user preferences are to be taken into account.


Further information can be found at: BiFlex-Industry - Fraunhofer ISE

As part of the BMDV-funded research project, intelligent fleet charging strategies and a booking tool for the flexibilization of electric fleets are being developed. The project takes place in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University and the Beijing Institute of Technology (Chinese cooperation). The developed charging strategies will be validated on a real example fleet of about 100 e-vehicles, which is operated by the associated partner Regionetz. During the validation, smart charging standards such as ISO 15118 and OCPP 2.0 will be tested in charging management. For more information, please visit: FlexFleet - NOW GmbH (
With nine strong partners from science and industry, we are working on the vision of customer-oriented, smooth and grid-compatible charging, everywhere and at every charging station. In doing so, we are addressing the current challenges from the perspective of network operators and charging infrastructure users, thus creating added value for every market role and thus every participant in the e-mobility ecosystem. In the project, the idea of a virtual balancing area based on blockchain technology will be implemented. This will enable quasi-real-time data exchange between the grid and the market, proper balancing, and grid-node-specific load flow determination. A 12-month pilot operation with a large test fleet of e-vehicles is planned to prove the functionality. For more information, please visit

Dear charging infrastructure operators, did you know that a price reduction of already a few eurocents per kWh can lead to a change in the charging behavior of your customers as well as better utilization and cost structure of your charging infrastructure?

These are our first results from our BMWK-funded research project BeNutz LaSA! We, RWTH Aachen University, Hubject and SMART/LAB, want to support you today in preparing for the smart charging of tomorrow!

How do we proceed?

  • Comprehensive analysis of over 28,000 charging stations in Germany
  • Surveys with over 2,000 participants
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    - You and your customers can take part in the survey now!
  • Design of incentive systems to manage charging infrastructure utilization.
  • Analysis of the impact on the power grid

Take the chance now to participate immediately as a pilot customer in our project!

How do you benefit from your participation?

  • Insights into the conception of incentive systems as well as co-design possibilities of flexible tariffs
  • Data-based insights into customer behavior and preferences
  • Provide project results for evaluating the effectiveness of the tariff setting strategy.

For more information, visit

We look forward to working with you!

The project focuses on the demand-oriented installation of charging infrastructure for CEP and care services, cabs, craft enterprises, municipal facilities, university institutes, in parking garages, supermarkets and for other companies whose routes are predominantly in the urban catchment area. For the sustainable and grid-serving installation of the charging infrastructure and the simultaneous reduction of grid barriers, an intelligent grid load management system is also being developed in combination with smart charging columns and backend systems that takes into account both local and higher-level system-relevant utilization, grid bottlenecks and EEG feed-in.

The iP4MoVe research project comprises the conceptual design and development of an intelligent platform for optimal coupling of the mobility and energy sectors for smart mobility. The core element is based on the development of a data-driven platform and a context-based application that facilitates the connection between energy supply and demand (energy information) and enables real-time exchange between electric vehicles and their respective neighborhoods or charging stations. In addition to determining the optimal energy usage and charging schedule for each electric vehicle, the project aims to enhance overall energy efficiency and contribute to the sustainable development of smart mobility solutions. degree of electrification (load traffic) and taking into account the resource-optimized use of transport and logistics chains, the research project is thus intended to make a contribution to the ecological and economical design of electromobility, in particluar of load traffic, and sustainable neighborhood development. as well as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the integrating renewable energy sources and storage technologies. The prototypical implementation in the project is intended to show exemplary synergetic potentials, especially at the location NRW, and to be a building block for smart mobility (Mobility 4.0).

By skillfully integrating electromobility, not only can pollutant emissions be avoided, but also traffic congestion can be reduced. To harness this potential and make electromobility more attractive in inner cities, the project  "Electric Mobility Without Frontiers" (EMWF) was launched. The project aims to collect and provide real-time information about parking and energy flow in relation to electromobility. Moreover, it strives to make reliable predictions about future parking situations.

The overall objectives of the project are to further expand and simplify electromobility roaming in Europe, as well as to provide transparent information about charging stations and their prices. This will be achieved through the implementation of an open and independent protocol for data exchange. Several pilot deployments, including those in Germany, Austria, Denmark, and the Netherlands, cover various use cases and support the development of a pan-European market for electromobility services and products.

For more information, visit the project website.



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