The energy market transformation will completely change the face of the energy supply system: the goal is to expand the share of generated energy represented by renewables to 40-45 percent by 2025, and to 55-60 percent by 2035. Wind, sun, etc., currently account for more than 30 percent of the electricity mix.
Smart energy generation, storage and use
Saving power using smart meters
The German Act on the Digitisation of the Energy Transition lays down the legal framework for the progressive installation of modern, digital meters and smart meters from 2017. In legal terms, a smart meter is defined as a digital meter with a communication module. While standalone digital meters only record and display consumption data, smart meters can also transmit the data. By implementing this legislation, the German Federal Government wants to optimise consumption behaviour and improve grid utilisation and control. However, the manufacturers are not expected to supply digital meters before some time in 2017.
And innogy is among the pioneers of smart metering: as part of the "Mülheim zählt" ("Mülheim counts") pilot project, approximately 100,000 meters were installed by the end of 2012. We have gained extensive expertise for a mass roll-out since the beginning of this field test. In view of the tasks ahead we are working with great urgency on expanding this knowledge further.
Control your heating via Smartphone
innogy SmartHome lets you control electrical appliances, roller shutters, lights and heating using your home PC, or via Smartphone or tablet while you’re out and about. Besides being more convenient, it also helps save power. At the same time, innogy SmartHome makes your home safer thanks to smoke detectors, movement sensors and cameras. While you’re out and about, too, you can keep an eye on everything and receive alarm notifications by text message or e-mail.
innogy SmartHome is also an open platform that can accommodate devices from different manufacturers.
The home automation system innogy SmartHome combines convenience and security with energy-efficiency for every household. The result is a smart home or apartment.
Smart control over production and consumption
Private solar power systems or micro/mini-cogeneration plants (i.e. combined heat and power generation) account for continuous growth in the proportion of decentralised energy generation systems in Germany. innogy is developing Smart Energy technologies as a way of intelligently coordinating production and consumption.
The easyOptimize smart control technology improves operating times for micro/mini-cogeneration plants and looks at individual electricity consumption in the household. This helps boost economic efficiency, since it leads to the use of more self-generated electricity. easyOptimize also makes it possible to bundle individual micro-cogeneration plants together via an integrated aggregator, which means that several small plants, in a single urban district, for example, can be combined to form a virtual power station. In future, Smart Pools like this will enable decentralised electricity generation from small plants to contribute to security of supply and system stability.
easyOptimize also supports electricity production from roof-mounted solar power systems. Heating elements can be used to turn hot-water storage units into solar power storage systems. The heating elements are turned on or off in stages to best adapt to excess solar electricity volumes.
The result is a reduction in household fuel consumption.