FZI Living Lab smartEnergy

Research and development for the energy system of the future

The FZI Living Lab smartEnergy is an interdisciplinary research environment for the investigation of solutions for the energy system of the future. The entire FZI House of Living Labs was equipped with modern technology for the decentralised energy generation, storage and flexible consumption of electrical and thermal energy. This allows testing, evaluating and demonstrating the developed concepts and energy management systems in practice.

Our energy system is confronted with major challenges caused by the change it is undergoing from centralised energy generation through conventional power plants to the highly decentralised energy generation through renewable energies. In particular, the highly fluctuating supply from renewable sources requires new solutions since power supply and demand in the grid always have to be balanced. In the FZI Living Lab smartEnergy, we develop ICT-based solutions to meet the following challenges:

  • Efficient control of energy flows in buildings by leveraging flexibilities of consumers and producers
  • Practical development and evaluation of system architectures, algorithms and infrastructural components for energy management systems
  • Integration of adequate interfaces within buildings and between buildings and grid side entities as well as flexibility markets in order to make an essential contribution to the stability and reliability of the future energy system

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