Smart grid solutions ensure a sustainable future with renewable energy
In the Smart Energy Collective & Co project (ProSECco), fourteen partners are studying how energy grids, services and technologies can be adapted to the continually increasing demand for electricity. The project focusses on four user groups:
PowerMatching City demonstrated that smart management of energy supply and demand is technically feasible and generates value for all stakeholders. Flexibility has economic value. The benefits of flexibility for the Dutch consumer market could amount to as much as € 3.5 billion.
In 2009 a village in the Netherlands started the world’s first smart grid pilot project: PowerMatching City 1.
The project incorporated 22 households, (micro) CHP units (combined heat and power), hybrid heat pumps, solar PV panels, smart devices and two electric vehicles.
This successful project was followed up with PowerMatching City II, including an additional 40 households. In PowerMatching City II, gained practical experience with new energy services and the feed in of renewable energy to the grid.
Eight businesses have since displayed interest, now that the business park is accessible via a tunnel under the railway. So the setting still offers opportunities for us.
The Modienet consortium designed a development method for smart grids. This will ensure efficient distribution of all energy generated locally by wind turbines, solar panels, biomass boilers or biomass CHP plants in the A1 business park in Deventer.
There is interest in our project from all over the world, even from Germany, which normally leads the Netherlands in sustainable energy developments.
We are consuming more and more electricity because of the increasing use of complex devices. We are also increasingly generating energy using local sources.
The existing AC grid is not designed to meet this demand.
In a greenhouse development called PrimAviera, the world’s first DC grid based on sustainable energy is being installed. This pilot project proves that DC voltage could offer a solution for today’s energy issues.
If you want to make a community completely sustainable you need to have intrinsically motivated residents. We want to build a sustainable Heijplaat together with them.”
Heijplaat, a harbor district in Rotterdam, wants to become completely energy neutral by 2020 by using locally generated solar and wind energy, modernizing old housing and building new energy-neutral homes and installing smart grids.
The project parties also studied ways to encourage residents to become more energy efficient.
The pilot project has revealed how important it is to take account of the residents’ priorities and local conditions.
The center’s design takes advantage of the earth’s constant temperature to provide heating and cooling.
All 288 homes of an apartment complex in The Hague, have a heat pump which is controlled by the PowerMatcher.
This software system ensures that supply and demand of electricity are optimally aligned, resulting in less peak loads on the grid and a more balanced system. This means fewer grid upgrades will be needed in the future and the system will be more stable.
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The district in the Netherlands can run almost 100% on it’s own solar power
Generating local electricity with solar panels during the day, store the excess in electric cars in the neighborhood, and set back the electricity back to households in the same area in the current evening: that isn’t a dream anymore.
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