Research & Innovation Project


The HYPOBATT project will focus on the developing of two full modular multi-MW recharging systems in two European ports with fast turnaround times of battery electric ships and easy charging of larger on-board batteries.

Will enable the transformation to a decarbonized and hence more sustainable and environmentally friendly transport.

Project Description

HiEFFICIENT project makes a substantial contribution to the European Commission’s “The European Green Deal” initiative, by ensuring sustainable mobility and resource efficiency for future transportation. Therefore, highly reliable and integrated wide-bandgap (WBG) technologies in electronic power circuits and systems of electrified vehicles and charging infrastructures shall be developed in the course of the project.

Heliox Contribution

Based on the overall objectives of HiEFFICIENT, an efficient, reliable, reconfigurable, and highly integrated power electronic converter system based on the application of SiC power devices will be realized and demonstrated in this use case. By dynamic reconfiguring of multiple grid-isolated units, the overall charging system can produce multiple output voltages and multiple output powers to cater for the growing demand of e-mobility equipment, especially fast DC charging.

The proposed converter system aims to accommodate different charging needs for different e-mobility devices, unlike the existing charging infrastructure where it has been designed for a specific type and can only charge one piece of equipment. Also, the flexibility of the charging infrastructure will be extended by developing and testing new charging functionalities, which are enabled by the higher switching frequency of WGB devices. Where feasible, according to the power and voltage levels, a hybrid solution of SiC and GaN technologies will be applied and integrated. The integration at system level of grid-isolated WBG technology-based converter modules will be the basis for demonstrating a reliable and flexible charging station. The isolated DC output units can be arranged in series or parallel by a charging router circuitry, providing by this way the required power needs of different EVs connected at the same time.

WBG, SiC MOSFETs power devices, suited for higher switching frequencies, will be used in the power processing converters to generate high frequency voltage signals that allow isolation transformer volume reduction. Furthermore, switching nodes in the semiconductor stacks will have actively controlled dv/dt through auxiliary circuits, aiming at reduction in overall power loss, inductor volume (especially the required EMI filters), and weight. For the UC4 demonstrator, a limited fleet of electric vehicles for professional transport, such as E-buses or E-trucks, will be addressed. The flexibility of the vehicle charging equipment will be explored by studying new charger functionalities enabled by WBG power devices.

To do so, research is going to be carried out describing possible strategies which are enabled by the chosen switching frequency of the WBG power modules. The research is going to describe, among others, charger requirements, such as frequencies, power levels, harmonics, communication requirements, vehicle requirements, and expected impacts. Then, algorithms are going to be implemented on the charger side for controlling the WBG power modules and on the vehicle side for evaluating the benefit of the added functionality. The algorithms implementation will be focused on ensuring compatibility with rapid prototyping tools, real-time execution and compatibility with the WBG power modules developed by the partners. Algorithms functionality is going to be demonstrated with a WBG power module converter, in a proof-of-concept lab setting.

Partners & Funding
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek)
  • Mercedes-Benz AG
  • AVL List GmbH
  • TDK Electronics AG
  • Lightyear
  • Flexible and Green Mechatronics Solutions S.r.l.
  • Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava / Institute of Electronics and Photonics
  • Powerdale NV
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)- MOBI
  • AVL SET GmbH
  • AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG
  • Valeo Systèmes De Contrôle Moteur
  • Infineon Technologies Austria AG
  • Ideas & Motion S.r.l.
  • IMEC - Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum
  • Elaphe Propulsion Technologies Ltd.
  • Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Silicon Austria Labs GmbH
  • Infineon Technologies AG
  • Fraunhofer Institut für Zuverlässigkeit und Mikrointegration (IZM)
  • Ford Otomotiv Sanayi A.S  
  • FH JOANNEUM Gesellschaft mbH
  • TU Dortmund University
  • Interactive Fully Electrical Vehicles, srl I-FEVS
  • University of Pisa
  • Technical University Chemnitz (TUC), Center for Microtechnologies
  • Nano Design s.r.o
  • Politecnico di Torino

This project has received funding from the ECSEL Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement no. 101007281. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Netherlands, Belgium, Slovakia, France, Italy, and Turkey.

Project Description

The HYPOBATT project will focus on the developing of two full modular multi-MW recharging systems in two European ports with fast turnaround times of battery electric ships and easy charging of larger on-board batteries.​

Partners: 18 Partners from 10 European countries.
Start date: 1. June 2022
Duration: 42 months

Heliox Contribution

Heliox is one of the European companies actively supporting HYPOBATT with its own optimal fast charging solutions. The specific tasks of Heliox are mainly the development of the modular multi-MW ship charging system and the standardization of charging infrastructures between ship and shore an DC charging for ships. Installation is planned for 2025.

Moreover, one of Heliox's main tasks is to implement an adaptive energy management strategy to minimize both the impact on battery performance and potential loads on the power grid infrastructure. Finally, Heliox is also expected to develop an optimal thermal management system for the modular multi-MW marine charging container.

Heliox has been involved for many years in various European innovation and research projects, such as ASSURED, HiEfficient, Hiperform, Navais and many more, to advance the energy and transport transition through innovation together with innovation partners.

Partners & Funding
  • RIA
  • RHOE
  • Motus Foundation
  • Ikerlan
  • Fundacion Valenciaport
  • Fundacion Soermar
  • Motus Foundation
  • CEA
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Stemmann-Technik
  • Technishe-Hochshule Ingolstadt
  • Die Inselflieger FLN

HYPOBATT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement № 101056853.

Project Description

The project is part of the BMVI's overall climate-friendly commercial vehicles concept. High-performance charging is being tested at service areas and depots. The consortium includes experts from science, the automotive industry, charging infrastructure providers and the energy industry. The 500 km long route between Berlin and Dortmund is one of the main routes of European long-distance traffic and is ideally suited for testing the interaction of vehicles and infrastructure on longer corridors.

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Heliox Contribution

Heliox, along with 12 other partners including two truck manufacturers, is part of the Fraunhofer ISI consortium that is working on the 27 million Euros-funded project that kicked off earlier this week. Heliox will also be leading a core working group at the demonstration stage - the ‘CCS installation and MCS extension work package’.

As part of their commitment to this transformational project, Heliox will set up two 600 kW charging points (Depot Charging) at each of two logistics hubs, constructions start in 2022, operation is planned for 2023.

An expansion to this megawatt charging will then come into force in 2024. Additionally, a core part of the project is the intensive research and knowledge transfer by the community and partners, with a focus on interoperability between vehicle manufacturers and charging infrastructure providers, including economic efficiency and standardization.

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Partners & Funding
  • Fraunhofe
  • MAN
  • T/U Berlin
  • ENBW
  • Scania
  • T/U Dortmund
  • Baushauss Universitait Weimar
  • Daimler Truck
  • P3 Group
  • Volvo Group
  • Universitait Sttugart
  • Ionity
  • ABB
  • Siemens
  • Meyer & Meyer
  • Tank & Rast Group
  • Traton
  • VDA
  • Netze BW
  • E.dis

HolA has received funding from German Ministry for Digital and Transport and its coordinated by NOW GMBH.

Project Description

The high-power requirements of ultra-fast charging stations give rise to special challenges when designing smart charging infrastructure. In support of Europe’s 2030 climate targets, the EU-funded PROGRESSUS project aims to introduce a next-generation smart grid demonstrated by the application example of a smart charging infrastructure integrating seamlessly into current smart-grid architecture concepts.

To do so, it will research new efficient high-power converters that support bidirectional power flow. New DC microgrid management strategies for energy efficiency and service provision that consider renewable energy sources, storage and flexible loads will be investigated. It will also explore novel sensor types, inexpensive high-bandwidth communication technologies and security measures based on hardware security modules and blockchain technology to protect communication and services.

The project’s solution will promote a more environmentally friendly and efficient next-generation energy supply infrastructure.

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Heliox Contribution

Heliox holds ample experience and knowhow on R&D, manufacturing, implementation and operation of large scale charging infrastructure. Thus covering the full scope of research related topics to practical operational knowledge.

Heliox will contribute to define the requirements, realization and implementation of a battery integrated fast charger based on a dynamical reconfigurable power converter, delivering 450kW output power with less than 150kW input power, and the EV high-power charging infrastructure Use-case.

Appropriate analysis, supported by modelling and simulation will be done and finally the demonstrator and the use-case will be realized, operated and evaluated.

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Partners & Funding
  • Infineon Technologies AG
  • Ceus UG
  • devolo AG
  • Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg
  • Mixed Mode GmbH
  • TH Köln
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Heliox BV
  • Stichting ElaadNL
  • Acondicionamiento Tarrasense (LEITAT)
  • Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya
  • Hybrid Energy Storage Solutions S.L.
  • Iquadrat Informatica SL
  • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per la Nanoelettronica (IUNET)
  • IUNET - University of Bologna
  • IUNET - University of Padova
  • IUNET - University of Pisa
  • IUNET - Politecnico di Torino
  • Enel X S.r.l
  • Politecnico di Bari
  • STMicroelectronics srl
  • University of Messina
  • R-DAS, s.r.o.
  • Slovenska Technika Univerzita v Bratislave

This project has received funding from the Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 876868. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Slovakia.

‍The project has an overall budget of about 19.576 M€. The project will receive an ECSEL JU funding of some 5.785 M€ completed with national funding from – Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Slovakia.

Project Description

The Green Transport Delta – Electrification project aims to develop a strong battery ecosystem in the Netherlands and accelerate the transition to climate-neutral mobility.

The gap in the market that Dutch companies can fill is the production of battery modules and packages for specific applications for which the global production chain is not yet organized. This includes battery packs for buses, trucks, industrial vehicles/machines, aircraft and ships. The Netherlands has leading players in all these markets.

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Heliox Contribution

Heliox holds ample experience and knowhow on R&D, manufacturing, implementation and operation of large scale charging infrastructure. Thus covering the full scope of research related topics to practical operational knowledge.

Heliox will contribute with a modular 1 megawatt charger. Including integration with energy management systems and fleet planning based on variables such as charging requirement, location, local energy production, energy costs, other large consumers and contractual agreements with energy suppliers.

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Partners & Funding
  • VDL
  • NXP
  • TNO
  • DAF Paccar
  • Cleantron
  • Lightyear
  • EST-Floattech
  • NPS Diesel
  • Lion Volt
  • Airborne
  • IM Efficiency
  • Sholt Energy
  • Elaad NL
  • Van Kessel
  • CarePack
  • Lithium Safety Solutions
  • Circular Industries
  • DEAC
  • E-Flight
  • Alber Heinj
  • Motion Steinbuch
  • TU/e Eindhoven
  • Maastricht University

The Green Transport Delta – Electrification project is made possible in part by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

Period: October 1, 2021 – December 31, 2024
Budget: € 36,082,844

Project Description

Within the project, the partners are developing a system architecture for digital infrastructure within the project, including the critical core technologies associated with localization, traffic services, digital maps, and charging infrastructure. This is the basis for: (1) Enabling higher levels of autonomous driving and (2) a cyber-secure and reliable interconnection of electric vehicles and the management of energy infrastructure.

DITM will enable the Netherlands to make mobility more efficient and safer on a national level, create a stronger export position for Dutch technology and influence international standards. The project will run until Q3 2026 and has 20 partners.

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Heliox Contribution

Heliox is in the lead for the Energy Systems work package. The energy system work package develops an 'energy exchange system' (EnergyPod) as a crucial link between the autonomous electric vehicle (EV) and the environment (distribution and transport network operators). The EnergyPod makes both the physical and digital links that are essential to be able to tunnel energy and information securely (cyber security) and according to the requirements of the grid operators from storage in EV and battery systems to distribution by the grid operator.

The Energypod is required due to the growth of electric vehicles and of local energy generation leads to the challenge of properly matching supply and demand of electrical energy between different locations or different times at a location. This brings complications regarding balance and congestion of the electricity grid. With each new wind farm and solar field, closure of coal-fired power stations and more electric vehicles (EV), this challenge is growing. Joint grid operators (DSO) and TenneT (TSO) are now sounding the alarm about congestion on the electricity grid. Billions of investments are necessary for the future.

The EnergyPod serves as a physical and digital infrastructure hub that transfers energy between electric vehicles, stationary batteries, and local renewables generation in a safe and reliable manner to the network operators. It thus facilitates congestion reduction and possibilities for increased grid stabilization.

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Partners & Funding

The DITM project is made possible by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W).

Project period: 1 October 2022 - 1 October 2026
Project budget: €60.000.000