InnovaHub: green energy in the district in balance

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InnovaHub: groene energie in de wijk in balans

Sustainable energy sources, such as wind turbines and solar panels on roofs do not continually supply the same amount of green energy. InnovaHub ensures the balance – with green hydrogen as the engine. As such, the multifunctional energy station will form a total solution for sustainable electricity, heat and cooling for existing and new-build districts.

 

Outside a residential district, InnovaHub manages all green energy from the area. Firstly, by aligning the demand and supply of electricity. Hardware and software control the energy flows between the residential district and InnovaHub down to micro level. Secondly, the InnovaHub’s buffer function prevents the electricity network from overloading, for example if large wind parks create peak generation. Thirdly, InnovaHub stores excess energy as green hydrogen for later, making green energy available throughout the year. Because the InnovaHub produces green hydrogen itself, it means the connected residential area becomes self-sufficient or even energy producing. Both in green energy as well as heat supply.

Objectives

Realising a multifunctional energy station between large wind and solar parks and a residential district. With the production of green hydrogen providing a balance, buffer and storage function. The electricity, heat and cooling supplied by the InnovaHub can also make the residential district self-sufficient. Even in the seasons when sustainable energy sources do not produce enough green energy.

Progress

Swipe through the timelines to see the steps taken in this project.

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Level 1
Phase 1: Research
Level 1
Phase 1: Research
This phase consists of three levels, each focused on research. To start with, we have a specific technology or innovation in mind. There are assumptions about the working principles, the business case and feasibility. Extensive preliminary research is required to validate these assumptions. Based on this research, we can accurately formulate the technical concept and the scope. The first tests then lead to a proof of concept.
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Level 2
Phase 2: Innovation
Level 2
Phase 2: Innovation
The development phase is intended to further test the proof of concept from the research phase. That often occurs using basic prototypes on a small scale, for example in a lab or test environment. If successful, the following step is to test the technology in a relevant environment – a situation comparable to the future application. The prototypes are usually further defined in this stage. As such, a prototype is developed that demonstrates how the technology works.
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Level 3
Phase 3: Pilots and demonstrations
Level 3
Phase 3: Pilots and demonstrations
In this phase, the emphasis shifts from the technological operation to issues such as production and certification. The system itself is, in fact, operational in a pilot or demonstration project. Once in practice, further fine-tuning and optimisation are unavoidable. This is also the phase to introduce the innovation to the market and to prepare for production.
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Level 4
Phase 4: Ready to use
Level 4
Phase 4: Ready to use
The pilot and demonstration phase help make the innovation technically and commercially ready for production and market introduction.

Learning objectives

The aim of this project is to use green energy as efficiently as possible. How much support is there for smart devices to use green energy as directly as possible? What role does the InnovaHub play in making the energy system in the urban environment flexible and optimal? Does the heat released when converting hydrogen really meet the demand for heat in the residential district? How can the InnovaHub serve as a buffer for the electricity network and future hydrogen network?

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