The percentage of renewable energy in the electricity mix is increasing consistently in Germany. This is an effective way to ensure that all energy is generated in an ecological and environmentally friendly manner in the future. And the energy market is changing in the process. The era of large centralized power plants, such as coal and nuclear power plants, has ended. More and more people are generating and storing clean energy themselves at the local level – for example using photovoltaics systems, combined heat and power units, heat pumps, solar batteries or the batteries of electric vehicles.
Consumers Become Producers
Ordinary people are becoming energy producers. Consumers – not energy conglomerates – are deciding what energy is generated where and when. There are now around 1.5 million photovoltaics systems in Germany, most of which are installed on the rooftops of private homes.
The Challenges of the Energy Transition
But many consumers wonder: How will energy be supplied once the major power plants have been retired? How can a million small-scale energy-producing systems be turned into a functioning network? Who will step in if no solar or wind power is available? How can we guarantee stable power grids and security of supply?
The Heart of the Energy World
LichtBlick has the answer to these questions. It’s called ‘SchwarmEnergie®’: a revolutionary concept that allows energy to be produced whenever it’s needed.
LichtBlick developed the ‘SchwarmDirigent®’ IT platform, which can do it all, including networking and optimizing distributed systems and storage, so that energy can be bundled in a large cluster and made available to all consumers. It registers when the sun and wind generate too much energy and responds by activating storage such as solar batteries, heat pumps, and electric vehicle batteries, which can store the excess energy. If an insufficient amount of renewable energy is generated, ‘SchwarmDirigent®’ can manage storage, releasing power into the public grid. In this way, we can ensure a secure, stable energy supply. Everyone who’s part of the cluster therefore plays a key role in the success of the energy transition.
‘SchwarmEnergie®’ enables distributed and renewable energy sources to work together in a practical way. This is how LichtBlick forms the heart of the energy world.