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Precision measuring record for high-power charging

If we like sporty driving, we dislike prolonged charging stops. That’s because charging a Porsche Taycan for 100 kilometers of NEDC operation should take no some-more than about 4 minutes. Naturally, when we buy an electric vehicle, we pattern infrastructure for high-power charging to exist.

The charging stations for electric vehicles publicly accessible in Germany currently mostly supply swapping stream (AC) with usually a comparatively low charging output. They take several hours to entirely assign a automobile battery. Direct-current (DC) charging stations, with outlay rates of adult to 350 kilowatts, are most faster, earning them a moniker of “high-power chargers.” Charging a sports automobile like a Taycan for a subsequent 100 kilometers during one of these will unequivocally take usually a few minutes.

Add to a above that, adult until now, no measuring record existed that conformed to calibration laws. There was no legally authorized approach to scale a electricity consumed during charging. Compliant metering requires consent comment and capitulation by a PTB, Germany’s inhabitant metrology institute. The PTB inspects record systems to decider either they approve with a several German dimensions and calibration laws. Because authorized DC high-power chargers did not exist, and their accessibility during a launch of a Taycan was uncertain, a specialists during Porsche Engineering went and grown them themselves: Their Porsche DC Energy Meter is a authorized scale for DC charging systems with a ability of adult to 350 kilowatts. It establishes a drift for building a high-power charging infrastructure in time for a Taycan’s launch.

“We faced utterly a challenge—we indispensable to pattern a complement but indeed meaningful a accurate mandate it needs to meet”
Alexander Schneider-Schaper

“We faced utterly a challenge—we indispensable to pattern a complement but indeed meaningful a accurate mandate it needs to meet,” explains lead operative Alexander Schneider-Schaper, who is in assign of a project. As late as final fall, there was still usually one thing that was definite: Every patron was entitled by law to know precisely how most appetite they had acquired and when. This meant that a engineers were forced to start work on a DC Energy Meter while several questions remained as nonetheless unanswered. When work began, a DKE, a German cabinet on electrical engineering and information technology—a physique called into being by a German inhabitant standards hospital DIN and a electrical engineering organisation VDE—was still drafting proposals. The due directives afterwards still indispensable to be submitted to another inquisitive cabinet (the REA) for comment and finally forwarded to a inhabitant calibration office.

It can be really difficult to magnitude a appetite transmitted to an electric automobile during a charging station. Unlike a household, where we always have a same user and simply reading a scale once a year suffices, open charging stations run by a whole cycle of users day in, day out. Each and each one of them is entitled to a precise, pure bill. Porsche Engineering translated this set of conditions to a mandate catalog for building a Porsche DC Energy Meter: It indispensable to brand a user, record a time of charging, and magnitude current, voltage, and time during a charging procedure. The measurements can afterwards be used to calculate electrical work in kilowatt-hours. All of these information subsequently need to be transmitted around a backend to a provider who afterwards issues a minute check to a customer.

The subsequent vital plea was afterwards that charging stations themselves offer sincerely small space inside. Most of their interior is taken adult with tie sockets, a charging wire and a integrated cooling, and a assign control units. To accommodate a additional technology, a engineers motionless to pattern a twopart complement comprising a DC Energy Meter itself and a sensor section measuring stream and voltage. The latter is connected into a electrical circuit between consumer and charging station. Its measuring capacities operation adult to 500 amperes and 1,000 volts.

The DC Energy Meter is a scale for direct-current charging stations with an outlay of adult to 350 kilowatts

Connection to backend server

The sensor transmits a values it measures to a tangible DC meter, that was compelled in distance to a volume of a half-liter libation can. The scale annals a information and computes a eliminated energy, joining it to a patron data, and wrapping a whole lot in a tuple with a singular signature—a information gold that can no longer be edited. This tuple is what a backend user receives and uses to write a invoice. The backend user is also a hit with whom business can check—using clarity program like an app, for example—when, where, and how most electricity they have drawn. Naturally, this information is also shown in genuine time on a Porsche Engineering LC arrangement during charging.

“Protecting a complement opposite tampering was a pivotal care when conceptualizing it,” says Schneider-Schaper. To make certain that nobody opens a sensor or DC Energy Meter, a surrounding pattern is firmly hermetic and sealed. Approval by a PTB—at benefaction a usually physique authorized to consider consent in a margin of electromobility—will be postulated before a finish of 2019, now that a comment criteria for capitulation have been decided. Assessed factors will embody pattern and operation, environmental compatibility, and either a charging hire and program approve with measuring and calibration laws when in operation.

All hurdles to rolling out a record have so been cleared. “At a moment, everybody is concentrating on a enlargement of a existent infrastructure, even if not all specifications or standards are final,” Schneider-Schaper tells us. “This gives Germany a event to act as colonize and to settle a record that is already authorized and authorized here.”

Project team: Alexander Schneider-Schaper, Sunny Rohilla, and Jiri Naprstek (left to right)

The DC Energy Meter during a glance

Voltage measuring range
0 to 1,000 V

Current measuring range
0 to 500 A

Temperature ranges
−40 to +85 °C Storage temperature
−40 to +70 °C Operating temperature


DC Energy Meter casing:
B 162 mm
H 82 mm
T 55 mm

Sensor body:
B 130 mm
H 104 mm
T 59 mm

Quantities measured

Energy consumption
User ID

0.5 % of voltage totalled value
0.4 % of stream totalled value

530 g

The DC Energy Meter meets a scale standards EN 50470-1 and EN 50470-3
and complies with a latest measuring requirements, for instance in terms
of electromagnetic compatibility, temperature, and vibrations. The surrounding is stable opposite glass accession in suitability with insurance category IP 30.


Text: Monika Weiner
Photos: Verena Müller

Text initial published in a Porsche Engineering magazine, No. 1/2019