Horizon 2020 – REnnovates

1280px-European_Commission.svgThe European Union trust the KEO GmbH’s competencies when it comes to interoperable networking solutions for a smart and energy efficient future. As part of Horizon 2020, which is the biggest subsidy Programme for Research and Technological Development with an over 80-billion-Euro budget, the KEO GmbH is responsible for the sector and technology neutral networking in the sub-project REnnovates.

horizon2020imageThe REnnovates project is an extension of the Dutch comprehensive innovation programme ‘de Stroomversnelling’ (the Rapids – electricity acceleration) with the net-zero retrofitting of 200 Dutch houses as main goal. The successful outcome will be transferred to a great number of houses in Poland and Spain. The KEO GmbH will implement the EEBus standard in the technical infrastructure like heat pumps, inverters and ventilation devices, to enable smart communication among the devices, despite the differing manufacturer brands. The retrofitting itself will be started in a special module based process after the tenant selected his entire future home in a software. This process allows all the retrofitting to take place while the tenant remains living inside his home.

new_prototype-december-2013-(1)For Renovates the KEO GmbH is part of a consortium, consisting of market leaders and innovation drivers: The BAM group as one Europe’s biggest construction companies has developed the 5-million-euro project and will cover all construction work with the Polish company Mostostal and the Spanish company Mondragon. Belgium is represented in the consortium by the Flemish research institution VITO, the Flemish start-up in the area of ‘smart grids’ Enervalis and by Belfius Bank. MassiveCell Technologies, a Finnish start-up will integrate innovative battery systems for REnnovates, while the Dutch network operator Stedin will examine the impact on the grid.

In the retrofitted houses the gas connection is removed and only electricity is used. The electrical energy is generated by solar panels and the heat by heat pumps, thereby increasing the flow on the electricity network. Programs like ‘De Stroomversnelling’ and REnnovates haves major impact on energy grids. There is a high demand for electricity and heating in the winter and an energy surplus in the summer, because residents generate their own energy with solar panels and would like to give this energy back to the grid. Through control with heat pumps and absorbing these peaks with batteries, it is possible for Stedin to minimize or avoid costly investments in more capacity on the electricity network.

BAM eventually expects to offer this as a new service to grid operators.