The Electric Vehicle Charging Station Fleet Controller
Our Charging Station Fleet Controller
Gridsteer deploys real-time and grid aware electric vehicle (EV) charging stations fleet controllers (CSFC) which enable symbiotic relationships between the CSFC deployers and grid operators. Gridsteer's CSFC allows a smooth operation of the fleet by following objectives such as peak power reduction, energy self-consumption (when possible), power profile prediction+ tracking and reactive power control, as well as by including the other resources in the CSF grid (s.a., photovoltaic, batteries, controllable loads, etc) in the control framework.
Our Technology: Commelec
01 / FAST
Estimate, compute and dispatch the power profiles of all the resources of your grid in sub-second cycles.
02 / SECURE
Ensures that your grid operates in safe conditions: the physical constraints of your grid (s.a., ampacity, voltage limits, ...) are intrinsically taken care of.
03 / MODULAR
High level of abstraction allows modularity. Our solution suits most grid topologies (radial, meshed or virtual networks). Its abstraction also ensures data privacy between resources and controllers. In case of grid expansion, our solution can be adapted without having to redesign the system.
Gridsteer is an EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne) spin-off. It was created by Jean-Yves Le Boudec, Lorenzo Reyes and Jagdish Achara to bring our patented power control algorithm to the world.
The algorithm is the result of a project of EPFL's Smart Grid group: a team combining the Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory (led by Prof. Mario Paolone) and the Laboratory for Communications and Applications (led by Prof. Jean-Yves Le Boudec).
Our team members' vision is to live in a world where the energy production is sustainable. This poses formidable challenges to the electric grids, especially in terms of quality of service and power/energy balance.
Gridsteer's control algorithm was designed to contribute to solving these challenges. We thus aim at deploying it as much as we can in any electric grid (e.g., private grids, microgrids, distribution grids, etc). Charging stations fleets are our first focus point as their high power demand and stochasticity is a threat to electrical distribution networks.
We provide a sub-second power management solution. Its core feature is to be able to abstract any kind of energy resource independently of its nature allowing the power management software to exploit any source of flexibility.
Moreover, our technology was designed with scaling in mind, and it is able to adapt to all size of grids, from microgrids of a few devices to controlling thousands or tens-of-thousands of resources.
Our Core Team
CEO | Max Chevron
Max has engineering and business experience. He holds a MSc in Electrical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) with practical experiences in battery design and production for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition, power electronics and electrical machines. Max also holds a MSc in Energy Economics and Policy with over 2 years of working experience in management consulting, finance and business development.
CTO | Enea Figini
Enea has obtained his MSc in Electrical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (graduated in March 2021).
Enea worked on the development of a high power-to-weight ratio battery for the Hyperloop Pod Competition organized by SpaceX. He also has some experience in the digital printing industry.