Until just a few years ago renewable energy was not taken seriously. Sceptics doubted that this technology would ever be able to satisfy any significant demand for energy. Thanks, however, to intensive research and development renewable energies – in particular photovoltaics – have experienced rapid growth. No surprise since lower system costs make self-consumption of the power produced ever more economical and attractive. Taken in combination with the growing desire for greater independence from the energy market the number of research programmes to develop storage media is also increasing. A photovoltaic system combined with a suitable storage guarantees you clean electricity – at all times!
Energy systems in many countries around the world are experiencing a significant and ongoing trend to increased production of renewable energy. Meaningful integration of solar and wind energy into existing energy systems is of key importance if supplies are to be guaranteed. Research and development are essential to achieve this goal.
We are WIRSOL are thus participating in numerous programmes and studies. Our many years of project experience and technological know-how enable us to make an active contribution to secure, environment-friendly, affordable energy supplies.
In cooperation with the stoREgio Energiespeichersysteme e.V. association we are working on solutions to the practical challenges presented by the economical use of stationary energy storage systems. Only if applications are commercially successful within the scope of corresponding business models and accepted by society will storage systems become more widespread.
stoREgio brings companies and academic partners together to accelerate development processes and achieve earlier, qualitatively better market maturity of products and processes. The association receives funding from Rhineland-Palatinate’s Ministry of Economy, Climate Protection, Energy and Regional Planning. All members place great value on a strong project orientation. The association’s work correspondingly focuses on results, forming the basis for implementation and/or funding projects.
Solar Cluster Baden-Württemberg
Together with some 40 other business enterprises in the photovoltaics and energy industry as well as municipal utility companies and research institutes in the regional state we are members of the Solar Cluster Baden-Württemberg e.V. WIRSOL’s managing director Dr Peter Vest is thus a board member of the solar energy interest group, founded in 2012. The association’s objectives include boosting public awareness of the significance of solar energy for industrial policy and the economy. Parallel to this, the association aims to actively participate in the development of the regulatory framework for the continued expansion of renewable energy and to create a long-term market for solar energy. In this context research and training should be funded and new technologies for power storage and network integration taken into consideration.
Current funding and research projects
As a member of the “C/sells: Large-area showcases in the South Germany solar arc” bidding consortium we are participating in the “Showcase intelligent energy – Digital agenda for the energy revolution” (SINTEG) funding programme. The programme’s goal is to develop mass-market solutions for climate-friendly, secure, efficient energy provision within the scope of fluctuating power generation by wind and solar energy in large-scale model regions. The objective is to achieve an intelligent network combining production and consumption plus the use of innovative grid technologies and operating concepts against the backdrop of the central challenges of the energy revolution.
The C/sells research project is concerned in particular with regional optimization of the production and consumption of solar energy in the German federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Hesse. At the heart of the showcase is the demonstration of an energy system with a cellular structure, within the scope of which regional cells of varying sizes interact within one another in a cross-regional federation. One of the goals is to achieve an efficient, robust energy infrastructure.