The GREENFEED project aims to establish an industrial subsector for the production of interface solutions – software and hardware – designed for operators and equipment suppliers in the French and European market and intended to facilitate the development of diversified electromobility services.

Work on the project is being conducted in connection with GIREVE interoperability. Its goal is for standards, based on international standardization, to be rapidly disseminated to all operators in order to integrate the sector into European convergence.

The GREENFEED project was selected under an R&D projects tender submitted by the French Fonds Unique Interministériel (FUI 15) programme. BPI France, CG 13, the PACA region, the Brittany Region and Direccte, all certified by the competitive clusters Cap Energie and ID4car, are the institutional partners of the project.

Following the Grenelle de l’environnement, the national state and civil-society round table on the environment, the Government of France made ‘carbon-free’ vehicles (plug-in 100% electric vehicles [EVs] or plug-in hybrid vehicles [PHVs]) a major priority in its environmental and energy policy. A national plan to develop electric and hybrid vehicles was set up in 2009 with the goal of putting 2 million of these in circulation by 2020. To reach this goal, it is indispensable to develop all kinds of services ‘without borders’ to be provided by operators along with the vehicles and their charging systems, along with easy identification and payment methods.

A national initiative was launched for this purpose by GIREVE SAS, a simplified joint-stock company set up by the Caisse des Dépôts, EDF, ERDF, the CNR and Renault, to create a French platform to manage data exchange among charging and mobility operators that will dovetail with the other European countries’ platforms.

The GREENFEED project is part of this initiative by proposing software and hardware interface solutions compatible with the exchange models defined and supported by GIREVE, for communication among the actors and the equipment involved in the electric-vehicle ecosystem, i.e. the charging operators, parking operators, mobility operators, energy operators, their supervisors, the charging stations and the vehicles. These solutions will be articulated with ongoing work on international standardization in order to ensure interoperability among the various system suppliers, cover trans-border exchanges and integrate with European convergence in this area, thereby opening a larger market for the companies taking part in the GREENFEED project.

The GREENFEED project aims to establish an industrial subsector, connected and consistent with GIREVE interoperability, for the production of interface solutions targeted to the French, but also the European market of operators and equipment suppliers in order to facilitate the development of all forms of electro-mobility services. As an example, there will be the possibility of increasing car-share solutions using various charging stations in the same area. There is currently no project for this type of subsector in France, and its core value will be to make it possible for standards to be rapidly disseminated among all operators at an efficient cost. The main difficulties with be the diversity of actors and equipment to be interfaced and the need to be articulated with the ongoing work on international standardization in order to bring the subsector into European convergence.

The work programme focuses on developing interface solutions based on ‘role models’ and ‘usage cases’ of the electric-mobility ecosystem through interaction with the standards emerging at the global level. The GREENFEED partners will provide technological building blocks to companies wanting a rapid deployment of interoperable products integrated with the GIREVE services. All of these technological building blocks will be tested in field-scale usage cases on the sites of Carros, Gardanne and Villneuve-Loubet, checking for their compatibility with the GIREVE platform.

The consortium thus comprises five SMEs and three research centres that can rapidly develop innovative technologies, doing so in association with an industrial group able to connect with the rest of the industry and the standardization bodies.