Visualizing The Electric Grid In Real Time, And Other World Changing Ideas In Energy
Learn about the winner of the energy category of Fast Company’s 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards–and the other innovative finalists.
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.
Horizon 2020 for the EU: Smart Cities & Communities
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.
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.
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.
Smart-Grid Living: Frey Architekten Unveils the Smart Green Tower
The Smart Green Tower is a 51-meter-high residential and commercial tower, which on account of its planned size, architecture and environmental configuration, is slated to become a flagship project in the area of innovative building-integrated energy systems. Frey Architekten purposely deviated from common standard architectural aesthetics and placed its focus on a building whose outward appearance purposely makes the overall energy concept visible. Not only are photovoltaic modules installed on the roof, but the façade is also activated for energy generation and provided with circumferential PV modules; on the one hand, its purpose is to harvest energy where it is needed and the other hand, it is designed to protect the façade from overheating.
2016年6月13日正值德中论坛之际沃尔夫冈·弗莱与西门子公司的总裁Joe Kaeser进行了对话。Joe Kaeser于2013年接任西门子公司总裁，西门子公司已有170年的历史，是国际上的领先的大型企业，在200 多个国家设有代理和分公司。
多年来沃尔夫冈·弗莱和他的弗莱集团与西门子公司有着密切的合作。Smart Green Tower 是具有代表意义的灯塔项目之一，这个项目将于2016年首次在弗莱堡原货运站地区建造并使用西门子的先进技术。能源供给包括大容量的自身发电和储存，并与城区其它的供电源及消费者相结合。除此之外Smart Green Tower的技术还考虑到了房屋自身的供给需求与价格的优化协调等因素。