Enervalis enables smart charging for We Drive Solar. The money We Drive Solar makes with this, they partly give back to customers of their electric car sharing service.
Enervalis helps energy company Scholt to maximize the return on their energy assets for storage and production.
The objective behind the ‘Rennovates’ project – part of the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Commission – is to examine the extent to which older rented houses can be converted in a cost-efficient manner, in such a way that they meet today’s efficiency and comfort standards.
The project involves 249 homes, located in four Dutch municipalities. The construction company (BAM) equipped each of these homes with an insulating shell and solar panels. This drastically improves the insulation values and generates energy for free. In addition, a compact energy module is installed near the house which includes a heat pump, a hot water boiler and the Enervalis gateway.
Using the gateway and the underlying software and smart machine learning algorithms, Enervalis analyses the energy and hot water consumption in each of the homes. This allows the system to ensure sufficient hot water is available at the right times. This results in considerable energy savings.
The application of the gateway also adds a second important value. The machine learning data described above are compared with the data from the local distribution grid operator in terms of possible congestion problems. Based on that comparison, the production of domestic hot water in the various homes is planned at specific times, taking account of both the usage requirements of the residents and the congestion problems of the distribution grid operators. The latter is based on the USEF (Universal Smart Energy Framework) market model, which provides the necessary architecture and regulations for the flexible trading of energy. The distribution grid operator pays a fee in exchange for this flexibility.
The Rennovates project also includes eight home batteries (the capacity varies from 3.6 to 7.8 kWh) and a large district battery of 200 kWh. These batteries allow Rennovates to offer additional energy flexibility to the distribution grid operator, which of course also allows the compensation to be increased further.