Thomas Speidel, CEO of ADS-TEC Energy plc and managing partner of the ADS-TEC Group; Dr. Thorsten Ochs, chief technology officer of ADS-TEC Energy; and Stefan Reichert, group leader for "Power Converter Units" of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, have been nominated for the German Future Prize 2022 for the development of the storage-based, ultra-fast charging system, ChargeBox. The ChargeBox system enables fast charging of e-vehicles up to 320 kilowatts (kW) using power-limited networks and therefore minimizing or avoiding costly expansion of electrical network infrastructure. The ChargeBox charging system is a building block toward climate neutrality in road traffic.
"The transformation to a climate-neutral energy economy is one of the greatest challenges of our time. In particular, tomorrow's energy system will be more electric, more digital and more decentralized. In addition, today's electricity, heat and mobility sectors will increasingly interact to compensate for volatility in renewable energy supply. The ChargeBox exemplifies how generation and consumption will be brought into new relationships in the future, even compensating for power bottlenecks."
For more than 25 years, the Deutscher Zukunftspreis, the German President's Prize for Technology and Innovation, has nominated and honored pioneering inventions and research results in fields ranging from robotics to materials research and from software development to biochemistry.
It is not possible to apply for the prize; instead, nominations are submitted by renowned scientific and business institutions. A jury consisting of independent experts from science and practice decides on the final round nominees and the winning team in a multi-stage process. This year's winning team will receive its award from German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on October 26, 2022.