Sven Öhrke, Member of Management Board at VDE Institute, awards certificate to Matthias Weis, Director SM!GHT EnBW

Matthias Weis, Director SM!GHT EnBW (left) and Sven Öhrke, Member of the Management Board at VDE Institute (right).

2017-09-05 press release

VDE Institute certifies first multifunctional charging point

A light pole with charging function that also offers environmental sensors and WLAN - VDE experts tested safety and environmental issues.


Press Officer

The smart light pole with charging function SM!GHT from the EnBW Innovation Campus is the first multifunctional street lighting system that can be used to charge electric cars. The charging point also has a seven-meter-high LED street light, which is equipped with several sensors such as dust, temperature, humidity and noise sensors as well as WLAN. The charging light mast is designed for the simultaneous charging of two vehicles with a maximum current of 24 amperes and corresponds with these functions of class 5 for integrated multifunctional Humble Lampposts according to DIN SPEC 91347.

To ensure that the charging light mast also works safely and does not pose a risk, the experts of the VDE Institute have tested the multifunctional charging point. The test included electrical safety, functional safety, electromagnetic compatibility and charging behavior. Additionally, environmental tests such as the determination of the degree of protection by dust and water action and the resistance of the housing to vandalism were carried out. During the development process, the experts of the VDE Institute were already able to verify conformity with the normative requirements and thus significantly shortened the certification process. Thus, the VDE Institute covers all examinations directly in one place.

"It is very important to us to provide our customers with fast solutions," says Sven Öhrke, member of the management board of the VDE Testing and Certification Institute. The collaboration between EnBW and the VDE institute continues: the next light pole with charging function is followed by further charging stations and infrastructure elements, which are about to receive VDE certification. "With the certification of the VDE Institute, we underline the quality of our solutions in an internationally recognized way," says Matthias Weis, Head of SM!GHT at EnBW.

About VDE and the VDE Testing and Certification Institute

The registered Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE), with its 36,000 members (which includes 1,300 companies, 8,000 students and 6,000 young professionals), is one of Europe's largest technical-scientific associations that combines science, work on standards, testing, and certification under one roof. The focus of the association's activities is on energy consumption, industry 4.0, smart traffic, smart living and cyber security. The VDE is particularly interested in the promotion of research and the promotion of young people as well as consumer protection. The headquarters of the VDE is in Frankfurt (Main).
The charitable VDE Testing and Certification Institute employs around 500 people in Offenbach. More than 100,000 appliances per year are tested by the independent test engineers of the VDE Institute before they receive the VDE mark. 67 percent of Germans know the VDE symbol, which is a synonym for the highest security standards. Around the world, the VDE experts monitor more than 7,000 production sites. Cooperation agreements with more than 50 countries ensure that the tests carried out by the VDE Institute are internationally recognized. Worldwide, 200,000 product types with a million model variants carry the VDE mark.

About EnBW

EnBW Energy Baden-Wuerttemberg AG supplies around 5.5 million customers with electricity, gas and water as well as with energy-efficient services and products. Thus, the EnBW is pushing ahead the energy revolution. Their main goal is to make the possibilities of the sustainable new energy resources usable for the people – intelligent, safe and simple. This includes, for example, the creation of e-car charging facilities at home and on the road or to build energy communities where customers can share energy and share solar energy.

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