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More and more governments, companies and property managers around the world are turning to renewable energy sources, and by providing innovative building technologies Hager Group helps them. As well as intelligent metering and control technology, this can also include devices such as controls that switch between conventional energy and renewable source energy, and power cut-off technology that helps to prevent peaks in energy consumption. However, one of the main prerequisites for using renewable energies to a greater extent is the capacity to store and manage it efficiently. These are exactly the kinds of solutions we are working intensively on.
For several years now we have been working together with energy suppliers and partners from industry to investigate the interplay between the generation and storage of renewable energies, as part of the “Lion Grid” project. Since autumn 2014 we have been testing landmark storage and control technologies at Hager Group Research and Application Centre in Blieskastel, Saarland. This new building, which measures 3,000 square metres, is able to generate a good proportion of its own heat and electricity which is stored in batteries that work bidirectionally thanks to its own photovoltaic facility and thermal power station. The highlight of the building is its innovative energy management system, which continuously provides analyses and forecasts of energy consumption and generation, and produces a local energy strategy, thus ensuring that the energy it generates is used sustainably. In other words, we conserve energy thanks to building automation, and in the future more and more customers around the world will benefit from this.
We are already planning to launch our energy storage and management system on the market in 2016. Our field test, carried out as part of the project “Stromsparland Saarland” with several dozen private households shows how renewable energies can be effective in private housing. This is another area where our innovative technologies ensure that renewable energies are used in an extremely efficient way.