Partners and External Parties


Project partners






TECNALIA Research & Innovation (project coordinator) is the first private Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) organisation in Spain and one of the leading ones in Europe, with a staff of 1,500 experts. In the field of EV and Smart Grids, TECNALIA has tens of years of experience also in BMS development, test benches, business models analysis, fast charge and other advanced power electronics based systems. During the interoperability assessment phase of COTEVOS, TECNALIA will analyse the situation on the Iberian Peninsula. TECNALIA lab is also envolved in the interlaboratory comparison and round robin tests.


Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT) is Austria’s largest non-university research organisation with more than 900 employees. AIT covers the whole spectrum of EV related technologies, from the development of power electronics to the comprehensive integration of e-mobility in the available distribution system infrastructure. In COTEVOS, AIT leads the Work Package three (WP3) “Communications and information management” and takes part in all the activities related to the set-up and validation of the reference architecture. AIT evaluates interoperability assessment in Austria, and participates in the interlaboratory comparison and round robin tests.


ALTRA S.p.A is Iveco’s center of excellence for alternative propulsion and a leading center for the development of electric and hybrid engines. ALTRA is the special facility for design and production of Iveco vehicles with alternative traction systems. Alternative electric, diesel-electric hybrid and fuel cell power trains have been the main focus of ALTRA for the past 15 years. In COTEVOS, ALTRA will bring an OEM point of view to the validation of the interoperability needs and to the definition of laboratory specifications. Furthermore, ALTRA will provide COTEVOS with equipment in testing activities.


European Distributed Energy Resources Laboratories (DERlab) e.V. is an association connecting twenty-seven leading research institutes in the field of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Smart Grids. With various activities in research, networking and awareness-raising, the association fosters the preconditions of pre-competitive and pre-normative research for a more environmentally sustainable power generation in the future. In COTEVOS, DERlab coordinates networking and dissemination activities. DERlab with its member institutes also participates in the standard-analysis, the definition of laboratory specifications and the design and performance of round robin tests.


Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is one of Europe’s leading technical universities. The Nordic Electric Vehicle Interoperability Center (NEVIC), established in 2012, has the flexibility to undertake experiments on Electric Vehicles in a live laboratory for intelligent, active and distributed power systems. In COTEVOS, DTU coordinates WP4 “Development of tests and procedures”. In particular, DTU will assess the interoperability situation in Denmark and participate in the interlaboratory comparison of round robin tests. In WP5 DTU will participate in specifying the needed infrastructures, as well as in their implementation in NEVIC.


ETREL Svetovanje in druge storitve DOO (ETREL) is a Slovenian SME, a leader of the Slovenian-based pilot for the testing of advanced communication protocols with smart charging stations and advanced reservation and roaming functionalities. ETREL is actively involved in the implementation of V2G (Vehicle to Grid) concepts. ETREL´s main added value and participation in COTEVOS will be its vision and position regarding EV charging equipment, software for the control of charging infrastructure and solutions for new business entities in the electromobility market, such as charging station operators and electromobility service providers. ETREL will bring its relevant experience in smart charging infrastructure deployment to enhance different analyses in WP1, WP3 and WP4 in particular.


Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) addresses applications-oriented research in the field of electrical engineering and systems technology for the use of renewable energies. In the large testing centre of IWES, prototypes of electric vehicles can be investigated with the use of newly developed testing procedures. IWES leads WP5 “New and unified test facilities”, where new laboratory facilities will be proposed, specified and some of them also implemented. Furthermore, IWES participates in the interoperability assessment regarding the situation in Germany, as well as in the design and performance of the interlaboratory comparison and round robin tests.


Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico SpA – RSE SpA (RSE) in Milan, Italy, is a non-profit research organisation taking over research activities of national and international interest in the energy sector and is strongly committed in Smart Grids related studies. RSE disposes of modern instrumental systems and facilities that are used for development and research activities in various areas of the electrical sector. In COTEVOS, RSE will participate in the conduction of different analyses, including the assessment of the current trends regarding the interoperability of EV infrastructure in Italy. RSE will also take part in the interlaboratory comparison and round robin tests.


The Netherlands Organisation of Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is an independent not-for-profit research organisation. In the field of mobility, TNO’s main competencies are in integrated safety, power trains, simulation and modeling, intelligent infrastructure systems and impact assessment. In COTEVOS, TNO leads WP2 “Integration and alignment of testing methods with standards”. TNO will also take part in the analysis around EV smart charging infrastructure and in the definition and set-up of the reference information and communications architecture. TNO will participate in the interoperability assessment analysis bringing information regarding the situation in the Netherlands. TNO is also envolved in round robin tests.


Lodz University of Technology (TUL) is one of the biggest universities in Poland with approximately 20,000 students and about 1,550 academic staff members. Institute of Electrical Power Engineering performs, among other things, simulating and testing of EV charging stations and their interoperability with power networks. TUL will lead WP1 “Analysis of the situation and needs for validating the interoperability of the different systems”. TUL also contributes to the interoperability assessment in Poland, and participates in the interlaboratory comparison and round robin tests. Furthermore, TUL leads the organisation of COTEVOS workshops.


Zapadoslovenska Distribúcia, a.s. is the DSO partner in the consortium and will bring its long-standing expertise in distribution network operation, real-world system-management issues and the global expertise of its parent company E.ON in electricity generation, transmission and distribution. In COTEVOS, ZSE will bring a DSO’s point of view to the interoperability assessment regarding the smart grid, EV charging, V2G and communications and information management and system capabilities. By assessing the situation in Slovakia, ZSE will bring on-site knowledge to the definition of tests that will be performed in WP4.

External Parties contributing to COTEVOS

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the only U.S. national laboratory solely dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies from concept to commercial application. In COTEVOS, NREL is involved in the gap analysis of new tests, comparison of European priorities for new tests and conformance testing methods with international standardization scenarios, and in the design and performance of round robin tests.


University of Strathclyde : The Institute for Energy and Environment, within the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Strathclyde, is one of the leading centres for research and teaching. In COTEVOS, it will contribute to the analysis of needs for on-going or incipient standards, and to the design and performance of round robin tests.


Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (NTUA-ICCS) is a non-profit academic research body associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). In COTEVOS, NTUA-ICCS is involved in the analysis of needs for on-going or incipient standards, and in the design and performance of round robin tests.

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