Smart and secure energy solutions for future mobility and green-energy transition
Energy ECS project, with 30 participants from eight European countries will pave the way for an emerging new European business and technology ecosystem aimed at tackling various energy related challenges for the future of mobility.
The project accelerates Europe's decarbonization goals for 2050.
advancement of e-mobility is a key part of the green energy transition.
Together with its direct role in reducing emissions, the adoption of
e-mobility also has a crucial indirect role as a grid stability element.
E-mobility accelerates the transition to wind and solar energy
production, and thus reduces the use of fossil fuels in the energy mix.
Energy ECS (Electronics, Components and Systems) project, launched in
June 2021, responds to these needs by developing a set of ECS
technologies to improve the digitalisation of e-mobility systems. The
aim is to enable European know-how and business based on manufacturing
capabilities combining hardware, software services and data. This
combination enables interaction with other vehicles and smart mobility
infrastructure: connection to the grid, intermodal transport, autonomous
driving, data generation, and vehicles as service providers. This
project is also working to mitigate the challenges that electric
vehicles pose on the energy system.
Towards future mobility and energy
Energy ECS project will build on six use cases that represent different
angles on future mobility and energy: enablers of new logistics modes,
energy independent intermodal transport, charging technologies and
opportunities, grid stability responding to bi-directional charging, and
enablers of safe autonomous driving.
By 2030, the new
technologies developed in Energy ECS are expected to generate turnover
for the participating companies. In addition, the project is aimed at
enabling increased market share and market leadership for the 24
partners. The other expected impacts include dozens of new
collaborations, hundreds of new jobs, and additional investments.
Eight countries with 30 partners
partners represent a wide array of technologies including, for example,
battery-charging electronics, grid and sensor power management, energy
harvesting, real-time location controls and sensors. The R&D within
the project will also apply artificial intelligence, machine learning,
immersive technologies, IoT, ultra-low power technologies, advanced
algorithms, and software. All the technologies will be designed with
cyber-security and reliability in mind.
- We are proud to drive
European innovation and technology ecosystems as a part of the Energy
ECS project. Addressing problems in the now helps our society to
transition towards a low-carbon economy. E-mobility is an excellent area
to drive the transition in practice. Collaborating in ecosystems is the
way towards innovation and joint benefits for all the partners
involved, says Ari Järvelä, Head of Operations at TietoEVRY, the overall project coordinator for Energy ECS.
ECS is an extensive 3-year project with a total of 30 partners from
eight European countries and an overall budget of 33 M€. It is
co-financed via the ECSEL Joint Undertaking of the EU Horizon 2020,
national funding agencies of the participating countries, and the
consortium partners. The project consortium consists of 16 small and
mid-sized enterprises, eight large enterprises and six research and
technology organisations from Finland, Austria, Germany, Ireland,
Iceland, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland. The consortium brings together
all the players needed to realize the field testable solutions.
partners in the consortium complement each other very well in their
skills and are well aligned along the value chain for all use cases. The
new creative combination and cross pollination of technologies for the
partners, who are often SMEs, allows faster innovation and knowledge
generation that can be used to capture markets. This project has the
potential to strengthen Europe’s position in the areas of smart grid and
mobility, thereby contributing to the European Green Deal objectives,
says Anton Chichkov, Programme Officer at ECSEL JU.
Lapland UAS programs, tests and simulates
UAS involves more than ten professionals in the project from it’s three
expertice groups (New Energy, Digital Solutions, Smart Build
Environment). They participate in three use cases (UC). The “Vehicle to
grid (V2G)” UC contributes in building an ecosystem of electric vehicles
- We participate in the development and testing
of a bidirectional smart charging technology between electric vehicles,
charging stations and microgrid, says Jukka Leinonen, project manager at
The second UC serves to develop a microgrid
balancing system using machine learning. For this purpose, Lapland UAS
is participating in developing software to demonstrate the opportunities
of smart V2G technology.
In the third UC Lapland UAS will develop
a digital twin testing environment to simulate the autonomous driving
of buses from parking area to charging stations using external sensors.
- We will also conduct tests and failure analyses for electronics components and systems in all of the use cases, says Leinonen.
Ksenia Avetisova, TietoEVRY Finland
Phone: +358 468 114 913
Jukka Leinonen, Lapland UAS
Phone: +358 50 316 7692
Consortium project partners:
Project coordinator: TietoEVRY Finland
Partner names in alphabetical order:
Systems, AixControl, ams AG, ams International AG, Applied Materials
Italia, Aurora Powertrains, CISC Semiconductor, CSEM, DigitalTwin
Technology, e-bility, Fraunhofer IMS, Fraunhofer IZM, Fixposition,
Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per la Nanoelettronica (IUNET,
with Linked third parties UniBo, UniPg, PoliTO, UniUd), Lapland
University of Applied Sciences, Luna Geber Engineering, Merus Power,
Minima Processor, Net Feasa Limited, Nokian Tyres, RISE, RoTechnology,
Swiss Airtainer, Scantinel Photonics, Strætó, Svarmi, TietoEVRY Sweden,
Tyndall National Institute, Unikie, Xenergic.
About Energy ECS
ECS project is an extensive 3-year project that develops smart and
secure energy solutions for future mobility and green energy transition.
The project has a total of 30 partners from eight European countries
and an overall budget of 33 M€. It is co-financed via the ECSEL Joint
Undertaking of the EU Horizon 2020, national funding agencies of the
participating countries, and the consortium partners. The project is
coordinated by TietoEVRY and consists of 16 small and mid-sized
enterprises, eight large enterprises, and six research and technology
organisations from Finland, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Iceland, Italy,
Sweden, and Switzerland. The project consortium and proposal were built
with the help of Spinverse.
About ECSEL JU
“Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership” (ECSEL) is a
Joint Undertaking established in June 2014 by the European Union
Council Regulation No 561/2014. The ECSEL Joint Undertaking – the
Public-Private Partnership for Electronic Components and Systems – funds
Research, Development and Innovation projects for world-class expertise
in these key enabling technologies, essential for Europe’s competitive
leadership in the era of the digital economy. Through the ECSEL JU, the
European industry, SMEs and Research and Technology Organisations are
supported and co-financed by 30 ECSEL Participating States and the
European Union. A total of approximately 346 M€ European and national
grants have been awarded to proposals with total eligible costs of about
748 M€ arising from the ECSEL JU, making another step forward in the 5
B€ programme to be supported by ECSEL JU.