Bidirectional Charging: Energy Supply Challenges - World Café Format

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
11:35 am - 01:00 pm
ICM München
Raum 4 & 5

Electric vehicles are a great solution when it comes to supporting the energy grid and including more sustainable energy. Electric vehicles could feed energy back into the grid at peak times, preventing grid congestion, balancing energy markets and preventing the use of polluting energy sources. This concept, which could support the energy transition, is called bidirectional charging. This session will be discussing some of the latest developments in bidirectional charging, presenting results from pilot projects and looking at barriers to scaling bidirectional charging.

This session will begin in Room 5 and continue in Room 4 after the welcome and a brief introduction.

11:35 am - 01:00 pmWorldcafé

3 topics:

1. V2G Customer Offers and Tariffs in the Real World

2. Challenges of V2X Market Readiness

3. V2X - A Business Model Perspective

Each presentation takes approximately 25 minutes and will be repeated 3 times. Participants are able to view all presentations by switching to the next one after each.

Subeida Seifi

Charging Infrastructure Consultant

umlaut energy GmbH

Alex Schoch

Global Head of Flexibility

Octopus Energy

Tobias Neidl

Solution Owner e-Mobility

SMA Solar Technology AG

Tobias Neidl, SMA Solar Technology AG

Solution Owner e-Mobility


As Solution Owner e-mobility Tobias is responsible for SMAs commercial EV-Charging business - combining and managing energy flows between renewable energy generation, storage and electric vehicles. He has more than 10 years of experience in e-mobility. He was managing the definition and development of charging equipment for B2B and B2C customers and contributed to the creation of a holistic charging experience, taking the energy market into account.

Alex Schoch, Octopus Energy

Global Head of Flexibility


Alex Schoch has over 15 years worth of experience in growing and scaling transformative sustainable businesses. Most notably having held various leadership roles at Tesla across both the automotive and energy businesses. From leading expansion of the European business in preparation for the introduction of the Model S across 10 markets, established the EMEA Energy business, and leading Global Business Operations of the Energy business. At Octopus Energy, he leads the Global Flexibility and Low Carbon Tech Programmes teams focused on developing and bringing to market the next generation products and underlying technologies spanning from utility scale generation and to consumer demand. As transport and heat continue to rapidly decarbonise, helping shape consumer electricity demand to match variable renewable electricity will be a critical factor in ensuring the success of the transition.

Subeida Seifi, umlaut energy GmbH

Charging Infrastructure Consultant


Subeida Seifi holds a master's degree in Management & Technology with focus on power engineering, entrepreneurship & innovation from the Technical University of Munich. As a charging infrastructure consultant at umlaut energy Gmbh part of Accenture Industry X she advises automotive, charging infrastructure and public institutional companies. She has a strong focus on strategy and rollout management topics.

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