“Our smart home innovations make life easier and more convenient. They also help us use energy in a more conscientious and efficient manner.”
Anne Hofmeister works with us, developing new SmartHome applications
The energy customer of the future will be more than just a consumer. Modern technology is already revolutionising the way we use energy at home and is changing the way we keep ourselves mobile.
A reliable supply of energy has always been one of our basic needs. However, the way we generate and use heat and electricity is changing in a fundamental way. Customers are gradually becoming active players in the energy market. For example, they are producing an increasing share of their electricity using photovoltaic systems, storing the electricity at home and using it as needed. This means houses will even serve as charging stations, delivering green electricity for electric cars.
Smart electric meters already enable our customers to constantly monitor how much electricity they consume and conveniently manage their electricity use from their smart home. This allows them to identify hidden energy guzzlers and save money.
Household appliances such as washing machines or driers will soon automatically run at times when electricity is cheaper. Such trends mean energy providers need to become energy managers and better integrate renewable energy sources into the power grid. At the same time, energy providers need to advise customers on how to sensibly use energy and save on energy costs in addition to supplying them with electricity and gas. These are the objectives we have in mind as we develop new products and services to fulfil our future roles as energy providers.
“The question is no longer whether most cars will be powered by electricity in the future. The only question is how soon this transformation will take place. The aim of my work is to make the transition take place as soon as possible!”
Christoph Jörißen works with us on research projects revolving around electromobility
E-mobility. innogy is developing innovative ideas with strong partners to pave the way for electromobility. This is because electricity is the energy of the future when it comes to enhancing our mobility. Electric cars are powered by green electricity and emit virtually no CO2. They are quiet and do not pollute cities with harmful substances such as particulates and nitrogen oxide.
Sophisticated technologies and products already make electromobility easy and convenient today. The key to their success does not lie solely in setting up a charging infrastructure in public places. It is more crucial to establish charging stations where cars are parked for a long time: workplaces, car parks and private garages.
innogy currently operates the largest network of public charging stations in Germany, in cooperation with around 130 German public utilities. innogy also operates charging stations in over 20 countries in Europe; its network currently includes over 5,400 charging stations across Europe, and this number is growing fast.
However, driving electric cars needs to be secure as well as convenient. Electric vehicles exchange data with their surrounding environment, for example, when they are being charged or when the charging bill is being settled digitally. There is already an international ISO standard in place today to regulate data protection and data security. At the same time, there are many other players involved in electromobility, such as grid operators, fleet managers and automotive manufacturers. These players offer convenient services, for example, relating to the online registration process, booking special charging stations and route planning.
But there is still no unified standard in place for all of these areas. This is what the DELTA research project aims to change. Experts from the worlds of business and science are working together, with innogy at the helm, to create a unified standard for electromobility. They are putting together recommendations for a data and consumer protection framework that is both economically viable and suited for daily use. DELTA will then use prototypes to test the final concepts in practice.
SmartHome. Smart homes make protecting the environment and saving energy particularly convenient. Smart homes are based on innovative products that improve efficiency. innogy SmartHome allows you to manage electronic devices, shutters, lights and heating devices from a smartphone or tablet at all times. It is a platform that is open to partners, which means washing machines, driers and even boilers can also be integrated. The SmartHome platform can also incorporate the Philips Hue smart lighting system. This lighting system allows you to freely choose colours for your lights and create completely new moods in your home, and can also be synchronised with music and films.
Users can control all of this very easily with an app that is intuitive to use, with an option to use voice command via Alexa from Amazon.
Studies by Hochschule Ruhr West (Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences) show that a household can reduce its heat consumption by up to 25 per cent using the wireless system. innogy SmartHome also makes the home safer, thanks to the integration of fire detectors, burglary protection system and cameras. Users can stay informed about everything that’s happening at home via text message or e-mail.
The smart home can now be controlled remotely.
|1||Overview of all solar data||8||eBox charging station|
|2||Smoke detector||9||Wall-mounted transmitter|
|3||Lighting controller||10||Power consumption monitor|
|4||Temperature regulator||11||Remote monitoring via camera|
|5||Window sensor||12||Motion sensor (indoors)|
|6||Remote device controller||13||Roller shutter controller|
|7||Motion sensor (outdoors)||14||Device controller (outdoors)|
The smart home can now be controlled remotely.
|1||Overview of all solar data|
|6||Remote device controller|
|7||Motion sensor (outdoors)|
|8||eBox charging station|
|10||Power consumption monitor|
|11||Remote monitoring via camera|
|12||Motion sensor (indoors)|
|13||Roller shutter controller|
|14||Device controller (outdoors)|
Photovoltaic system with a storage device. A smart home with an innogy photovoltaic system, the right battery system and the innogy SmartHome controller can produce, store and manage the solar power it generates. This combination makes it possible for a conventional solar power system to increase the amount of power it generates from 30 per cent to 70 per cent of the home’s needs while enabling the user to constantly manage the energy system. We offer our solar power system in order to enable our customers to produce their own electricity.
We can offer the right package for any type of roof, with an option to combine this with a smart battery system, for example, the Storage flex or the Mercedes-Benz Energy Storage Home. The storage system ensures the perfect balance between storage, self-supply and grid feed-in. The high-performance battery technology makes it possible to temporarily store the energy that is generated and make it available exactly when it is needed in the home. All battery devices are delivered with an innogy SmartHome solar package.
This smart-home controller enables users to meet a greater share of their energy needs with the power generated at their home – very easily and conveniently from their smartphone or tablet whether they are at home or on the move. The smart home controller can be used, for example, to switch on connected household devices, such as a dryer, specifically at times of the day when there is a lot of sun.
Storage device for solar power.
The solar cells on the roof convert solar energy into electricity. This electricity can be temporarily stored in a battery device for later use.
Energy management. Which operational processes lead to the highest energy costs? Are all systems running as they should be? Or is there a risk of a production disruption? Our commercial and industrial customers are constantly preoccupied with such questions.
New data analysis methods now make it possible to reliably answer these questions. We are working on the NILM project in collaboration with partners from the worlds of business and science. The aim is to develop an energy management system that can break down the power consumption of a company in real time, providing clear and detailed information for each individual device and system. NILM stands for non-intrusive load monitoring. It refers to a type of monitoring that does not take place directly at each machine. How can this be possible? The NILM software recognises and analyses the ‘fingerprint’ that is left behind by each device in the grid. A single measurement point – usually a central electric meter – is enough to do this.
NILM enables customers to identify possible ways of saving energy by optimising their operational processes. Abnormal measured values also make it possible to detect damage or wear and tear on equipment at an early stage; the operator can then carry out maintenance or repair jobs early on, preventing expensive production downtimes. The NILM software is already being tested in practice for selected commercial and industrial customers.