cFos Charging Manager

cFos Charging Manager

The cFos Charging Manager is aimed at operators of parking lots that are to be equipped with wall boxes for charging electric cars. The aim is to provide the individual electric cars with as much charging power as possible, taking into account the total available power - often without even having to increase the existing house connection power.

Previous solutions are expensive and mostly limited to a specific provider of wallboxes. A manufacturer-independent system offers investment security.

The cFos Charging Manager allows you to set up your charging infrastructure according to your needs. For this purpose, cFos Charging Manager supports a number of EVSEs from different manufacturers. We are constantly working on expanding the list of supported EVSEs

To plan your charging infrastructure, first select the desired wall boxes. For large systems, the individual wall boxes should be as inexpensive as possible so that the total costs remain manageable. The cFos Charging Manager therefore also supports low-cost models and then makes any missing functionality of the wallboxes available elsewhere.

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Scenarios

Img Single family house with solar system

Single family house with solar system

1-2 EVSEs, Charging Agent, intermedita meter for home consumption measurement, S0 meter for EVSE consumption measurement

1 EVSE with 22kW and instantaneous water heater would overbook the existing house connection capacity. Thanks to charge management, the charging power for the car is shut down when someone takes a shower or cooks. With 2 EVSEs the charging power would be distributed to both cars. Solar power is used to charge the cars during the day

Img Garage 50 parking spaces

Garage 50 parking spaces

with go-e boxes and central ABB B24 (Modbus to Raspberry PI) in an apartment building

In several places in the garage there are RFID readers that communicate with the cFos Charging Manager

Supported Wallboxes / Supported Intermediate Meters

Note: The wallboxes and meters were tested with the software version of the respective manufacturer specified in the tables. We do not guarantee that the manufacturer will change the functionality through a software update or model update in such a way that interoperability with the cFos Charging Manager or cFos Power Brain is no longer given. You can ask the respective manufacturer whether the functionality still corresponds to the status specified in our table.

Alternatively, you can download the free test version of the cFos Charging Manager for Windows or Raspberry Pi and test for yourself whether the respective device is compatible.

Supported EVSEs

wall boxsoftware status
cFos Power Brain (OCPP and Modbus)12/2021
All wallboxes with sufficiently supported OCPP 1.5 and OCPP 1.6 (SOAP and JSON)
We tested the cFos Charging Manager for compatibility during the OCPP Plugfest and using various backends. If you want to make sure your OCPP device works with the cFos Charging Manager, please contact us for a free remote test.
cFos Power Brain (OCPP 1.6)12/2021
ABB Terra AC 22 (OCPP 1.6)12/2021
ABL eMH2 (2W2240) (OCPP 1.6)12/2021
Autoaid Intelligent Wallbox (OCPP 1.6 JSON)
Test with Autoaid firmware 1.1.258: If the charging manager has to reduce the current to 0A during the charging process, the wallbox stops charging completely.
12/2021
Entratek Power Dot Pro (OCPP 1.6)12/2021
Innogy eBox professional S (OCPP 1.6)12/2021
Keba KeContact P30 x-series (OCPP 1.6)12/2021
Mennekes Amtron Professional+ 22kW (OCPP 1.6)12/2021
Webasto Live (OCPP 1.6)01/2022
ABL eMH112/2021
go-e HOME+ Mobile, go-eCharger HOMEfix and SMARTFOX Car Charger12/2021
Heidelberg EVSE Energy Control12/2021
Innogy eBox professional S (Modbus)12/2021
Juice Charger me (Modbus, wie Mennekes Amtron)12/2021
Keba KeContact P30 c-series and x-series and the BMW Wallbox Plus/Connect via Keba UDP
12/2021
Mennekes Amtron Professional+ 22kW (Modbus)12/2021
Tesla Wall Connector Gen 212/2021
Wallbe Eco 2.0 / 2.0s12/2021
Webasto Live and other wall boxes with Modbus register set TQ-DM10012/2021
EVSEs which are built with the controller of EVracing, e.g. certain models of Stark-in-Strom12/2021
EVSEs that are built with the SmartEVSE controller from Stegen Electronics12/2021

The choice of EVSE determines the networking. Mixed and retrofitted EVSEs from other manufacturers are also possible. So you are not dependent on a EVSE manufacturer!

With OCPP and Keba, networking typically consists of Ethernet cabling. go-e and SMARTFOX use WLAN. EVracing (Stark-in-Strom) and SmartEVSE require 2-wire Modbus RTU cabling. The cFos Charging Manager can communicate simultaneously with Ethernet, WLAN and via Modbus RTU

Supported intermediate meters

documentation/tested-inverters.htm

Check yourself if the cFos Charging Manager is compatible with your inverter.

documentation/meter-testers.htm

Billing and Authentication

OCPP EVSEs, as well as many other EVSEs, have built-in electricity meters that the cFos Charging Manager can read out and make the kilowatt hours used available for billing. With simpler EVSEs, you can provide your own meter. The ABB B23 112-100 pro, which is wired via Modbus RTU, is ideal here. We recommend laying your own Modbus for networking the differential meters.

OCPP EVSEs typically have an RFID reader for authentication. Many other models also have their own RFID reader. In this case, you teach these EVSEs new RFID cards. Then these EVSEs check the RFID card and automatically activate the charging process. The cFos Charging Manager remains informed about the charging process and can regulate the charging power.

For EVSEs without their own RFID reader, release can be done via a Web interface of the cFos Charging Manager by entering a PIN. You can also connect an RFID reader to the cFos Charging Manager or network it with one or more RFID readers. The cFos Charging Manager then takes over authorization and release of the EVSEs. Mixed operation of EVSEs with and without RFID readers is also possible

Control of charging power

The cFos Charging Manager tries to distribute the maximum connected load installed in the building as well as possible to the electric cars to be charged The cFos Charging Manager calculates the available charging power every few seconds as follows:
House connection power minus consumers in the house (e.g. apartments or machines) plus producers (e.g. solar systems).
or
Grid purchase (positive for purchase, negative for feed-in) minus charging power of the EVSEs. A bidirectional counter is recommended here.

Which counter can do what?

CounterBidirectionalSingle phases
ABB B23 / B24
SDM630, SDM630 MCT, SDM72DM-V2
Shelly 3EM
ORNO WE 516/517
ZZ4 D513020
SDM 72DM V1
Powerfox
S0-Zähler

To record consumption (and generation), Modbus-capable intermediate meters must be installed:
Either you install an intermediate meter for every consumer and generator or you install a central meter at the house connection. In both cases, the cFos Charging Manager reads out the meters via Modbus (we recommend the ABB B23 112-100 with direct measurement for outputs of up to 40kW and the ABB B24 112-100 with converter measurement with corresponding converter coils for outputs of up to 40kW. Both can be easily accessed via Modbus Read out RTU The cFos Charging Manager also supports many other meters, see table "Which meter can do what?".

Many intermediate meters output so-called S0 pulses (e.g. 1000 pulses per kWh). The cFos Charging Manager can also evaluate these pulses per counter using a USB FTDI adapter

By recording consumption and generation, the cFos Charging Manager always knows how much charging power to distribute to the EVSEs in use. You can assign different priorities to the individual EVSEs. The available charging power is first distributed to the EVSEs of higher priority and the remaining power is then distributed to the EVSEs of lower priority. This way you can, for example, quickly recharge emergency vehicles while long parked users are "refuelled" during the day

The prioritization scheme also supports the temporary deactivation of EVSEs if the minimum charging power is not reached. In addition, the phase symmetry is monitored to prevent individual phases from being loaded beyond the level prescribed by the VDE during single-phase charging

Charging rules

Several charging rules can be configured per user and per EVSE, which determine the charging performance according to certain criteria. This allows you to configure e.g. certain times when the charging power is limited

In addition, the charging power can be changed depending on a switching input, for example when the energy supplier signals certain tariffs. Another possibility is to control the charging power depending on the available generation power of a solar system (e.g. by excess charging).

Material list

  • Wall boxes and cabling
  • 1 Raspberry PI 3 or 4 plus power supply unit or Windows PC
  • One USB <-> RS485 adapter (FTDI, virtual COM port) per Modbus RTU
  • Intermediate counter
  • Additional FTDI adapters for S0 counters
  • additional RFID readers for cFos Charging Manager (may require additional Raspberry PI)

It is recommended that the cFos Charging Manager is connected to the Internet and can be accessed from "outside" for maintenance purposes.

cFos Charging Manager prices

  • License per charging point: From 79 euros + VAT

Detailed price list for the cFos Charging Manager and hardware kits

System requirements

  • Windows 10 or Raspberry Pi 3 or 4.
  • Recommended: Internet connection for automatic setting of the time, software updates and access for remote maintenance. If there is no landline connection, you can also use an LTE router with a SIM card.

Documentation

documentation/documentation-links.htm

Details for the network operator

Manufacturer / TypecFos eMobility / cFos Powerbrain 11kW (22kW)
Number of charging pointsDepending on how many EVSEs you use - one charging point per EVSE
Number of identical charging devicesDepending on how many EVSEs you use
Max. grid demand power in kVA11 kVA or 22kVA
Max. grid feed-in power in kVA0 kVA
Control range of charging power kVA to kVA6 kVA - 22kVA
Active power controllable (yes / no)Yes
Type of charge (AC or DC)AC
Alternating current or three-phase currentAC for 1-phase connection, three-phase for 3-phase connection (controlled by the car's charging equipment)

Manufacturer's declaration

Download manufacturer's declaration (PDF/German)