ABB builds global e-mobility R&D centre at TU Delft : Page 2 of 2

December 09, 2020 // By Nick Flaherty
ABB builds global e-mobility R&D centre at TU Delft
ABB's global e-mobility R&D centre at TU Delft will use digital twin copies of vehicles for testing the next generation of EV charger designs

types of vehicle. Simulators have been built exactly for this purpose, with 95 percent of all tests to be conducted with a digital twin versions of vehicles.

To test how vehicles perform in very hot or cold weather, ABB has developed special environmental testing rooms, where solutions will be subjected to extreme conditions, including temperatures from -40 to +100 degrees Celsius and high humidity. The atrium in the centre is large enough for manufacturers to drive their cars, buses or trucks into the warm and controlled environment to conduct testing, which will help advance charging for the rapidly growing electric-heavy vehicle segment.

For heating and cooling, the ABB complex will be connected to the Delft University of Technology geothermal heating/cooling plant. The roof will house solar panels, with solar inverters to convert DC harvested from the sun into AC, which together with ABB’s advanced building management system for climate and light control and battery storage system, will allow testing energy to be fed back into the grid.

ABB entered the EV-charging market in 2010, and to date has sold more than 17,000 ABB DC fast chargers across 80 countries. From Season 9, in 2022-23, ABB will become official charging supplier to the Formula E electric racing championship.

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