Zollner takes the Cham Rural District’s Innovation Prize

Their work on a charging system for electromobility has earned Zollner Elektronik AG the “Best Prospects” Innovation Prize.

The Cham Rural District awards this honor every two years to regional companies for futuristic ideas and products.

Zollner Elektronik AG has been working in the pioneering area of inductive charging since 2014. In an initial project, the thought was to make charging stations obsolete using contact-free energy transmission. The result was the world's first accredited inductive charging system in accordance with ISO 61980, which was developed together with Brusa, a Swiss company specializing in drive train technology, which will be used in BMW 530e iPerformance vehicles. Zollner took over the serial product development, accreditation and preparing the product for industrial production. Serial production of the inductive charging system started at Zollner in July of 2018 - another characteristic setting them apart from the rest. Several other functions are included, along with energy transmission: a positioning aid for correct alignment to the base unit and vehicle coil, a metal object detection system to protect the magnetic field and a living object detection system to protect man and animals from electromagnetic fields.

Promoted as part of the framework of a research project by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Zollner has been developing a bidirectional inductive charging system since 2017. This makes it possible for energy transmission to flow in both directions, so it recharges the vehicle but can also transmit energy stored in the vehicle back into the power grid to balance out periods of maximum demand.

Zollner Elektronik AG recently presented to its customers and the expert public this ‘technological kit’ with which inductive charging solutions can be implemented at any stage of expansion. Presentations and workshops illustrated the company’s expertise in individual subareas.  And a visit to the newly erected Test Center on the plant premises in Zandt allowed us to see for ourselves how they execute system safeguarding in test beds.