Smart Green Tower

En Alemania proyectan una torre inteligente capaz de abastecer de energía renovable a todo un vecindario


Puede que la idea de construir un edificio inteligente y energéticamente autosuficiente no sea nueva, pero si lo que se pretende es que esa construcción abastezca con energía limpia a todo un barrio, la cosa cambia. Es a lo que aspira la “Smart Green Tower”, una apuesta pionera de construcción sostenible que está camino de convertirse en realidad en Friburgo, Alemania.

Con el apoyo de Siemens y del Instituto Fraunhofer ISE para los Sistemas de Energía Solar, el arquitecto Wolfgang Frey ha sido el encargado de diseñar esta torre que, además de alojar 70 viviendas y oficinas, se convertirá en una auténtica estación para generar y almacenar energía limpia hasta el punto de que, no solo se abastecerá a sí misma, sino que tendrá capacidad para cubrir las necesidades energéticas de otros edificios de la zona.


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Smart Green Tower by Frey Architekten
Conceived by a German architecture firm, the Smart Green Tower generates and stores all its own electricity. On the outside is a glass photovoltaic facade. Inside is a massive battery. The building is due to be constructed in Freiburg im Breisgau, in south-west Germany, in 2017. It could become part of a local mini-grid, says the developer, playing a supply-and-demand balancing role.


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The European Union has created one of the world’s strongest financially backed programs for research and innovation entitled Horizon 2020. About €80 billion will be used to support sustainable development in Europe. Together with its partners, the Eco-City of Freiburg is paving the way, turning the city into a smart one. The Smart Green Tower by Frey Architekten is a flagship project in this effort.


World’s Largest Environmental Prize GreenTec Awards celebrates its 10th Annual Awards Ceremony


Berlin, February 13, 2017 – The world’s largest environmental prize GreenTec Awards will be awarded on May 12, 2017 in Berlin and will be televised to an audience of over 100 million viewers. Every year prominent members from the business and scientific communities as well as the media and pioneers for a sustainable future convene during the awards ceremony. The GreenTec Awards is celebrating its tenth year this year. The Smart Green Tower by Frey Architekten, a cooperative project with partners Siemens and the Fraunhofer Institute, has landed a slot in the top 3 in the category ProSieben Galileo Wissenspreis.


Electrifying architecture


Hi-tech batteries enable a German tower block not only to store solar energy but redistribute it across a wider network.

A 16-story tower block in Germany looks set to push the boundaries of solar power generation by using a high capacity battery to store and intelligently distribute energy to an entire neighbourhood. The 15,000m2 (gross floor area) Smart Green Tower in Freiburg is designed by German practice Frey Architekten, in partnership with Siemens and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. It will feature commercial office and residential space, with construction planned for the second quarter of 2017.


Energy Self-Sustaining Smart Green Tower Interacts Intelligent Within The Smart Green City


This battery-operated office and apartment complex is not merely a paper tiger

The concept of Smart Green Tower goes along with the objectives of the Green City and offers much more than just energy self-sufficiency. Furthermore, this battery-operated office and apartment complex is not merely a paper tiger – it is planned to become reality in the German city of Freiburg im Breisgau. Designed by Frey Architekten, with support of Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), the energy concept of Smart Green Tower differs from other self-sustaining buildings producing clean energy for own needs.


Cities Today: Smart Green Tower


Modular energy systems: building the Internet of electricity

Distributed energy systems are typically used to produce energy in locations too remote or costly to be considered worth connecting to the grid. The City of Freiburg is bringing these self-governing systems much closer to home

At 51 metres tall, the mixed-use Smart Green Tower will not be the tallest structure in Freiburg when its construction is completed in the freight yard to the north of the city, in approximately one year from now. Neither will it be the first attempt by the municipality to create sustainable urban living spaces. Emboldened by the need to rebuild most of the city after the Second World War, and empowered by the rejection of nuclear power in the 1970s, many of Freiburg’s 220,000 residents have been engaged in optimising energy use.


Smart buildings – partners for intelligent energy networks


Smart buildings are an important component for the safe and efficient energy supply of the future. Through the use of automated technical infrastructure and physical and digital connections to local energy networks, they offer the possibility to buffer excess electricity from fluctuating renewable sources in thermal and electrical storage units. Among other things they are thus able to react to price signals sent from the network and derive optimal actions, such as shifting energy-intensive processes, using electricity, saving energy in another form, or producing regenerative energy itself. As such, buildings become an integral part of an intelligent energy network, the so-called smart grid, and are able to do three things: produce, store and consume energy.