Turning Today’s Energy Supply on Its Head
A camera team from the TV station Deutsche Welle paid LichtBlick a visit last week. The editor wanted to take a closer look at our current research project “3E apartment building.”
Future of the energy supply
What’s the story behind this project, which is supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety? Houses are the future of the energy supply – nothing more and nothing less, according to Christian Appel, project lead at LichtBlick. At the apartment building in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, a photovoltaics system on the roof supplies solar power, a combined heat and power unit in the cellar provides electricity and heat, and storage units in the form of solar batteries and electric cars can store the electricity generated. The energy required by the building is generated entirely at the location – 100% eco-friendly.
‘SchwarmDirigent’ intelligently networks the individual systems
‘SchwarmDirigent’, the cluster management IT platform developed by LichtBlick for the energy transition, intelligently networks the individual systems for optimal, flexible coordination: The batteries in the house and the electric car store the solar power when it’s not required. If the residents need electricity when the sun isn’t shining, energy is provided by the solar battery. Or the combined heat and power unit activates and supplies electricity. The heat generated at the same time by the combined heat and power unit is stored in thermal storage units until a resident takes a shower or turns on the heat. And so on. LichtBlick feeds excess electricity from the photovoltaics system, the combined heat and power unit and the batteries into the power grid as required – everyone involved benefits from the profits.
With this project, LichtBlick demonstrates again what the energy world of the future will look like – and that a supply of 100% renewable energy is possible. The exciting research project will be field-tested at a variety of locations, including the apartment building in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, until 2016.
Watch the report here: