Dr. Silke Kirchner

Product Manager Digital Solutions
Webasto Charging Systems, Inc.

Silke Kirchner received her Ph.D. in Physics with a focus on Photonics at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich, Germany. She was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Rice University in Houston, Texas and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, where she was part of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) facilitating a Closed Carbon Cycle. As of 2018 Silke is a Product Manager for Digital Solutions in the Automotive Industry. She has taken active part in several automotive standardization forums, such as the International Committee for Display Metrology (ICDM), the German Flat Panel Forum (DFF), CharIn and the Open Charge Alliance (OCA).

Dr. Silke Kirchner’s Session(s):


1:35 pm–2:05 pm | Fri, March 22, 2024

Incorporating Load Management to Optimize Your Charging Stations

This panel will discuss:

  • What is load management, why is it important, and what are some customer use cases?
  • How can the performance of EV charging load management solutions be measured, and why does that matter
  • What are the pros and cons of different smart charging types, e.g. local versus cloud-based/central smart charging
  • How may contention be resolved between multiple applications (e.g., microgrid, BAS) vying for control over the same data point
  • How many chargers can be load-managed across a customer deployment?  What is the scope?
  • Practical considerations from a technical point of view

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