The high-power requirements of ultra-fast charging stations give rise to special challenges when designing smart charging infrastructure. In support of Europe’s 2030 climate targets, the EU-funded PROGRESSUS project aims to introduce a next-generation smart grid demonstrated by the application example of a smart charging infrastructure integrating seamlessly into current smart-grid architecture concepts.

To do so, research and investigation tackle three key challenges:

  • new efficient high-power converters that support bidirectional power flow
  • new DC microgrid management strategies for energy efficiency and service provision that consider renewable energy sources, storage and flexible loads
  • novel sensor types, inexpensive high-bandwidth communication technologies and security measures based on hardware security modules and blockchain technology to protect communication and services.

The project’s solution will promote a more environmentally friendly and efficient next-generation energy supply infrastructure.

PROGRESSUS is a European Union project funded under the H2020-ECSEL-2019-2-RIA work programme, launched on April 2020. During the last 12 months, significant progress has been made by all partners in order to fulfill the PROGRESSUS objectives.


After months of hard work and great efforts, it is a great pleasure to announce the press release of University of Bologna and STMicroelectronics regarding their joint work on "A new microelectronic sensor for intelligent energy-consumption monitoring".

 Researching & testing smart and sustainable charging

 INVITATION for July 7 & 8, 2021

Best practices and Power Quality will be the central themes during this third edition of the Global EV Charging Test event, hosted by ElaadNL. Because of the uncertain covid-related regulations, we are organising an online event. In the future we hope to meet you in person at our new testlab!


This project has received funding from the Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 876868. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Slovakia.”
The project has an overall budget of about 19.576 M€. The project will receive an ECSEL JU funding of some 5.785 M€ completed with national funding from – Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Slovakia.