• First open-innovation project by GreenCom Networks links electric cars, PV systems, heat pumps and other energy equipment internationally in Germany and France
  • GreenCom open-innovation lab as a blueprint for the digital energy future
  • Companies can access live data and test their own innovative products, such as flat rates and communities
  • Reduction in energy costs by up to 20 percent, stabilization of networks and reduction in CO2 footprint

Munich, Sophia-Antipolis, 6th February 2018. The energy transition presents great challenges for the industry. The proportion of renewable energies is increasing. However, electricity generated using wind turbines and solar panels is not as easy to regulate as a power station. Network operators are thus investing billions in stabilizing the electricity grids. GreenCom Networks, a German-French platform provider for Energy-Services based in Munich and at Institut Universitaire de Technologie Sophia-Antipolis, is now offering a solution. That allows fluctuations to be reduced thanks to a digital control system and also helps energy companies to optimize their own procurement. The company is offering the industry an energy community in the form of what is known as an open-innovation lab with live data from real end customers. In this way, electric cars, PV systems, heat pumps, and other electrical equipment can, for instance, be linked to each other at the GreenCom Networks sites in Germany and France.

GreenCom CEO Dr. Christian Feißt: “With the GreenCom energy community, we offer companies access to a proven test lab so that new products and services can be developed for the energy sector. Companies have hardly any opportunity to obtain real data, systems, and product examples. This hampers product development. We want to close this gap with our open-innovation lab.” The extensive data material for the development and optimization of companies’ own business models is provided in an anonymized form.

Screenshot of GreenCom’s open innovation lab.

The GreenCom energy community is probably the very first open-innovation lab that can actually integrate and control various equipment from different major manufacturers, such as PV systems, battery storage devices, heat pumps, and electric cars. Successful services, such as Germany’s first green electricity flat rate and flexible electricity tariffs, have already been developed on this basis.

The open-innovation lab is intended to be a “living blueprint” for how energy is produced, used and traded in the future. Real use cases provide specific data and knowledge: “The aim of the GreenCom living lab is to verify compatibility and performance in a real test environment,” says Dr. Feißt. The challenge mainly lies in linking up various producers, different types of equipment and individual households while also ensuring a reliable supply and full flexibility for all those involved.

Thanks to the intelligent control system, approx. 20% of energy costs can be saved in the GreenCom energy community. What’s more, in this way, the local power consumption of electronic devices is significantly increased, and CO2 is reduced by switching consumption to green electricity times. As a result, the intelligent control system also ensures that the stabilization costs in the electricity grid are considerably reduced.