“How to make a capital smart”
The EUREF-Campus in the German capital Berlin has become a showcase for efficient energy use, Michael Bauchmüller writes in Süddeutsche Zeitung. The campus combines existing technologies with a software that analyses weather data and regulates the use of renewable power capacities accordingly, Bauchmüller says. “We already fulfil the climate protection goals of 2050 here – for the cost of conventional energy use,” says Frank Mattat, manager at Berlin-based gas supplier Gasag. Researchers at the EUREF-Campus recently tested whether a decentralised on-site micro grid can cope with being cut off the city’s power grid by storing power stored in e-cars on the campus – and succeeded, Bauchmüller writes. EUREF founder Reinhard Müller says Germany’s Energiewende could already be much further advanced – “but we just leave the potential untapped."
Read the article in German here.
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