Indian Energy Minister informed on electromobility and charging infrastructure in Leipzig by Stadtwerke Leipzig and Fraunhofer IMW
In connection with the fourth in a series of German-Indian government consultations held on May 30, 2017, the Indian Minister of State for Energy, Coal, New and Renewable Energies, Piyush Goyal visited the Leipzig Group last Wednesday (31 May 2017) to meet with Dr. Norbert Menke, spokesman of the Board of Trustees and Professor Thorsten Posselt, Institute Director of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW.
The Minister was informed by experts from the Leipzig Stadtwerke, public transportation services, and Fraunhofer IMW about current issues and developments concerning electromobility in Germany and Leipzig. The main topic of interest was the City of Leipzig’s charging infrastructure for E-Mobile. The Leipziger Group, the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center and the Indian Minister of Energy look forward to an intensive cooperation in the areas of business, science, technology, mobility and energy – as well as climate policy. Research teams from the Fraunhofer Institute for Traffic and Infrastructure Systems IVI in Dresden and Fraunhofer IMW in Leipzig conveyed the latest findings of their research into electromobility, frugal innovation and energy supply in the field of grid stability and renewable energies.
Minister of State Goyal visited several of the almost 160 publicly usable charging points in the urban city area - including the rapid loading station located at the main train station. These points form the basis for the loading of electric cars in Leipzig. The Minister of Energy for Indian Prime Minister Modi’s government was persuaded of the functionality of the LED streetlights for charging electric cars during a short stop at Mozartstraße while en route to visit the electric car production facility at the Leipzig BMW plant.
Goyal bore witness to how easy it was to activate the station with the load card and to then connect the car to start the charging process. In addition to functionality, questions about costs and the development of the charging infrastructure also featured in the foreground. His main concern was the transferability of the infrastructure to the to the Indian subcontinent.
The integration of charging infrastructure into street lights was developed by scientists from the University of Technology, Economics and Culture (HTWK) and the Leipziger Group within the framework of the federal government’s “Electromobility Showcase“ program. Funding was provided by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. The Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW, formerly Fraunhofer MOEZ, along with the University of Leipzig, provided project support from a socioeconomic perspective. The aim of the initiative was to develop a market-ready product which can be marketed worldwide.
Minister Goyal was enthusiastic about the idea of the streetlight parking project because it can be built by incorporating existing streetlights, using these as the basis from which E-Mobile can easily be loaded overnight. This principle could be applied in India both with striking simplicity and meaningful effect. Based on the existing forms of cooperation, Dr. Menke and Professor Posselt affirmed their support for and interest in a deepened cooperation with the Indian government in the areas of e-mobility, climate protection and renewable energies. All three representatives see the necessity for scientific, socio-technological and economic guidance for further steps in e-mobility implementation through knowledge and technology transfer by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.