FZI Living Lab smartEnergy

Methods, technologies and equipment

In the FZI House of Living Labs, electricity is generated by decentralised generators. Therefore, a photovoltaic system with a storage system and a modern inverter was installed. A thermal power station provides additional thermal energy used for heating in winter and for driving an adsorption refrigerator in summer. Thermal buffer storages make it possible to partly decouple energy generation from consumption. The systems are connected by various communication protocols (e.g., EEBus, EnOcean, KNX, Modbus).

The operation of a Smart Meter Gateway infrastructure with various gateways and smart meters as well as an SMGW administration instance enables the practical development and evaluation of innovative energy management solutions. In addition, the FZI Living Lab smartHome extends communication interfaces of household appliances for integration into energy management. The Energy Management Panel visualizes energy flows in the building and serves as an interaction interface between the energy management and the user.

Thus, the FZI Living Lab smartEnergy offers optimal equipment for research projects around energy management related questions.