Strijp-S was previously known from the Philips factories and was also called the forbidden city. In the 70s there were more than 10,000 people who were only allowed to enter the area with a Philips pass. After years of economic growth, a crisis followed and Philips shrank enormously. They closed the factories and left for Amsterdam. At the beginning of 2002, the Philips site is purchased with the future objective of turning it into a new creative-innovative center.
At the beginning of 2018, a start was made for the European project that will test the energy system of the future. The aim of Interflex was to investigate what is possible in the future within the existing electricity grid in order to develop the next generation of smart networks.
1 neighborhood battery of 300 kWh was installed at the “living lab” in Strijp S which can be used for charging electric cars. This battery is used to store energy if there is a large supply of electricity – for example, through the yield of solar panels from the neighborhood – and to release it again if the demand for electricity is high. The stored power in this neighborhood battery can also be used to charge electric cars. This neighborhood battery has a variable connection capacity. At times when the electricity grid is heavily loaded, the connection capacity of the central battery is temporarily lower, making charging and discharging electricity slower. This prevents overloading. The capacity is extra high outside peak times, which means that the battery works faster.
For this project 13 charging stations have been installed on Strijp-S. 7 of them are on the first floor of the parking garage “around the corner”, the others are on Philitelaan. Consumers receive financial compensation if they are flexible in charging their electric car. Enexis Netbeheer can reduce the peak moments considerably in one fell swoop so that the network does not have to be weighted down.
Ateps has been closely involved in this project and has supplied the battery. For the project, Sympower has developed the software that optimizes the smart charging and discharging of the battery in order to make maximum use of sustainable energy. The neighborhood battery is managed by Croonwolter & Dros.
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