BDEW Congress 2018
The annual congress of the Federal Association of the German Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) is one of the most important networking events of the sector. This year’s event was held on June 13 and 14 in Berlin and attracted over 1600 participants from politics, industry and science. The program featured lectures by high-profile politicians and executives, panel discussions on six different key topics, and a large exhibition that allowed enterprises and institutions to present their work in the fields of energy and water.
Next to digitalization, energy policy and problems of grid stability and flexibility, electromobility was one of the congress’s key topics. In this context, Sven Klausner presented an innovative underfloor charging system for electric vehicles, which was developed at the Fraunhofer IVI and displayed at the joint booth of the Fraunhofer ICT Group. The great advantage of this system is that it does not rely on charging cables and plugs, which allows the fast charging of vehicles in public spaces, for instance, at charging stations. The same vehicle interface is used for slow recharging in private spaces, such as garages. In addition, it is possible to automate the entire recharging process. With these characteristics, the underfloor charging system is especially well-suited to promote the spread of electromobility.