Team consisting of ADS-TEC and Fraunhofer ISE among the Top Three Finalists of the German Future Award 2022
Today the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier announced the winner of the German Future Prize 2022 at a festive ceremony in Berlin. The nominated team made up of Thomas Speidel, CEO of the listed ADS-TEC Energy plc (NASDAQ: ADSE) and managing partner of the ADS-TEC Group, Dr. Thorsten Ochs, Chief Technology Officer of ADS-TEC Energy, and Dr. Stefan Reichert, group leader of Power Converters at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, was among the top three finalists. The team was nominated for the development of a storage-based ultra-fast charging system, called “ChargeBox”. This year’s winner of the German Future Prize was Zeiss Microscopy GmbH with their 3D microscope to study living cells.
"We congratulate Zeiss Microscopy on receiving the Germany Future Prize 2022," says Prof. Andreas Bett, Institute Director of Fraunhofer ISE. "At the same time, we are very proud that our team belongs to the best three nominees of this distinguished award honoring excellent technology and innovation. We thank all employees at ADS-TEC Energy and at Fraunhofer ISE who contributed to this great success. With our joint development, we are convinced to have made an important step towards a climate-neutral energy supply."
As an ultra-fast charging system for electric vehicles, the ChargeBox enables comprehensive battery-buffered charging in existing, power-limited electricity grids. A special feature is the small installation space of approximately 1.6 square meters, within which the required power density, efficiency and complexity have been realized. This was made possible by state-of-the-art silicon carbide semiconductors, on which the multi-stage converter system was based. Stefan Reichert of Fraunhofer ISE explains, "When charging the battery storage from the grid, the efficiency of the power electronics in the ChargeBox is a strong 95 percent, and when the current flows between the battery storage and the vehicle battery the efficiency is more than 98 percent."
The ChargeBox contains its own air-conditioning system, operates quietly and is thus ideal for use in inner-city districts. As a decentralized system, it enables smart distribution, provides more resilience and allows for local optimization in the energy system. Charging takes place where the electricity is needed. Battery buffering means that the electricity is available at the right time and with the power that is required for rapid vehicle charging. The Chargebox is already being used successfully at over 1,000 charging points throughout Europe and the USA.
About the German Future Prize
For more than 25 years, the German Future Prize, the German President's Award for Technology and Innovation, has nominated and honored groundbreaking inventions and research results in fields ranging from robotics to materials research and from software development to biochemistry. It is not possible to simply apply for the prize, rather nominations must be submitted by renowned scientific and business institutions. A jury consisting of independent experts from science and practice decides on the nominees for the final round and the prize-winning team in a multi-stage process.