EnergyVille wins Febeliec Energy Award 2017
Although electrical power networks in buildings and districts have been for about a century equipped with AC technology at 50 or 60 Hz, the energy transition is putting into question whether that is still the right choice. The transition to decentralized production, energy-efficient technologies and the electrification in heating and transportation all contribute to the question whether the current “lock-in” of AC technology for building technologies is still justified.
Therefore, EnergyVille decided to set up a representative building-level “DC nanogrid” (as opposed to the wide area microgrids) in its facilities on the Thor Campus in Genk (i.c. the Home Lab in EnergyVille I); a unique living lab and the first building-level DC power system of the country. In 2018, further expansions on the campus will be activated, including a connection between separate buildings over public domain.
With the award Febeliec wants to support innovative projects in the Belgian energy field. Among the other finalists were the project Garpur and leading smart-grid solution provider N-SIDE.