The Open Charge Alliance adopts Open Smart Charging Protocol - Organizations asked for input11 september 2014
The Open Charge Alliance adopts Open Smart Charging Protocol - Organizations asked for input
The international Open Charge Alliance (OCA), managing open standards like the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP), adopts the Open Smart Charging Protocol (OSCP). This protocol focusses on energy capacity planning for EV infrastructure, allowing up to ten times more cars to be charged on the existing infrastructure.
Duiven, 10th September 2014 Today the OCA announces the adoption of the Open Smart Charging Protocol (OSCP). The OCA invites companies around the world to join the alliance and participate in the development of OSCP.
The basic function of the Open Smart Charging Protocol (OSCP) is to communicate physical net capacity from the energy network operator (DSO) or site owner to the back-office of the charge point operator (CPO). The protocol can be used to communicate a 24 hour prediction of the local available capacity to the CPO. The Service Provider can subsequently fit the charging profiles of the electrical vehicles within the boundaries of the available capacity, leading to more efficient use of available capacity. This can result in up to 10 times more charge points installed on the same installation by using this protocol. Other advantages are:
- Open independent free available protocol, with no vendor lock-in
- Lower costs for implementing and managing a charge-infrastructure
- Lower cost for operating a charge network
- Optimal usage of the power net.
The OSCP corresponds to the principles of the OCA; it is a protocol between charge management system and energy management system of the site owner or the network operator (DSO). Therefore it is both suitable for use by site owners and DSO’s.
OSCP will be freely available for end users without any limitations. This is one of the principles of the Open Charge Alliance.
Figure: The position of OSCP in EV charge model*: OCSP communicates a prediction of grid-capacity constraints (* OSCP and OCPP are independent from the market models. Above figure is just meant to illustrate the position of both protocols in one of the many possible market models)
Big step for Open Charge Alliance
OCA is a global consortium of public and private electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure leaders that have come together to promote open standards such as the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP). Since 2009, OCPP has become the de-facto standard protocol in 50 countries on all continents and over 10,000 charging stations. One of the main principles of OCA is that the open protocols are available without cost or licensing barriers to adoption —has given it a strong foothold and major relevance in Europe and other markets. The Open Smart Charging Protocol fits that principle. By adopting OSCP the OCA is taking a big step towards a global organisation developing and promoting free available open protocols for EV charging. The Open Charge Alliance members represent a broad range of interests in the EV sector, including government organisations, utilities, charge point vendors and site operators. Founding members of the Open Charge Alliance are the E-laad foundation (Netherlands), Greenlots (North America), and ESB (Ireland). OCA members embrace the global benefits of open EV standards. For more information: www.openchargealliance.org