The emergence of electric driving and sustainable charging is a significant development for the electricity grid. Through their mutual involvement via ElaadNL, the grid operators (Coteq, Enexis, Liander, Rendo, Stedin, Tennet and Westland Infra) acquire an overview of the measures to be taken to ensure that the network remains reliable and affordable.

With the increasing number of charging stations in the Netherlands, the pressure on public space is increasing. A solution to this problem is to integrate charging stations in existing street furniture. The charge lantern (The LightMotion) is a well-known example of this. This is a charging station on which a light pole has been installed. In this way, two functionalities are combined in one object. ElaadNL has inventoried what the current policy around such combined objects is within the network operators and has in particular looked at the management of charging lanterns. In addition to this inventory, ElaadNL is working together with the Municipality of The Hague and Stedin on a practical test with charging lanterns.
Innovative solutions are investigated that will generate great benefits for society. For example, optimal use can be made of the existing network through ‘smart charging’, and fewer expensive alterations to the electricity grid are needed. 

Regarding these needs Lightwell introduced the LightMotion and is an official recognized seller since 23d of August 2017.

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The inventory of ElaadNL is based on an EVConsult survey about alternative ways of connecting charging stations. One of the conclusions from this research is that a charging station can not be connected to the lighting network, but that combined objects such as charging lanterns do offer advantages in the public space. Most of the designs of charge lanterns currently on the market are suitable for private situations with private networks (‘behind the meter’), where the network operator plays no role. There is an increasing need for public applications of charging lanterns. That is why ElaadNL has carried out an inventory within the network operators and ElaadNL is participating in the trial that the Municipality of The Hague is carrying out. The purpose of the research in The Hague is to gain insight into what is involved when a charging station and a lighting mast are combined in the public space and what the experiences of the stakeholders is during the trial.

The number of charging stations in the public space is increasing and will only increase in the future. From municipalities there is a need for a tidy street scene and public space in the city is scarce. Combining objects is a promising option. However, more research needs to be done. For example, the impact of these developments on current legislation and regulations and management and settlement agreements between the grid operator, the municipality and the various maintenance parties. This has been investigated through an inventory and elaborated in a knowledge document.

By discussing the topic within the grid managers and learning from the practical experiences in The Hague, the potential of the charge lantern is also mapped. The inventory was carried out through interviews with network operators and OVL parties. The trial in The Hague involves the installation and use of six charging lanterns on a business park. In addition, the charge lantern is also on the agenda in the NKL project ‘Loading different’ in which ElaadNL participates.

The inventory has now been completed and has yielded the ‘Knowledge Document Charging Lanterns’. The knowledge document can be downloaded at the bottom of this page. The trial in The Hague started in December 2017. The trial will take six months and then the results will be delivered.

The inventory was made in collaboration with Liander, Enexis, Stedin, Ziut and Citytec. The trial in The Hague is carried out by Over Morgen on behalf of the Municipality of The Hague. Research partners are ElaadNL and Stedin. The supplier of the product is Lightwell.

For more information (Article in Dutch) visit: https://www.elaad.nl/projects/laadlantaarns/