Smart energy showcase
In order for the energy transition to succeed, the demand for electricity must be met when the sun and wind are generating energy. This is the only way of achieving the goal of generating energy supplies from 100% renewable sources. GreenCycle is involved in the WindNODE research project with the aim of making the electricity requirements of the Schwarz Group more flexible. The sun is not always shining, and the yield from wind turbines also fluctuates depending on the power of the wind. This can lead to undersupply and oversupply in the grids, which is inefficient and expensive. Addressing this issue is therefore a key focus for the energy experts at GreenCycle.
In the research project WindNODE (“Wind in Nordostdeutschland“, in English “Wind in north-east Germany”), more than 70 partners from business, science and industry are working on intelligent solutions to adapt energy consumption in the short term to fluctuating supplies from wind turbines and solar power plants, and therefore to keep power grids stable. The idea is that electricity consumers align their needs with the availability of renewable energy. The ‘flexibility potential’ is shown in real time on an online platform, and information on how much renewable energy is available is also provided. Thanks to the platform, it is now possible to coordinate supply and demand.
Valuable practical experience from project participation
Valuable practical experience
The Schwarz Group is the only trading company participating in WindNODE. In collaboration with the other partners, the focus is on the use of temporarily stored energy. Cold stores, for example, could be used to store additional energy: if there is a lot of electricity from renewable energies available, the cold stores are cooled down more than necessary, taking into account the freshness and quality of the goods. Energy is therefore stored in the form of refrigeration. Visitors can learn more about the solutions of tomorrow at one of Kaufland or Lidl’s ‘showcase stores’ in Berlin.
GreenCycle has coordinated the WindNODE activities of the Schwarz Group from the beginning. The results of the project can be scaled across the markets and branches of the Schwarz Group – around 3,800 in Germany alone. In this way, GreenCycle is playing an active role in shaping the energy transition. Find out more