RED WoLF – funded by Interreg NWE
Renewable energies in the electricity mix
RED WoLF (Rethink Electricity Distribution Without Load Following) is a project funded by the European Union through the Interreg North West Europe (NWE) programme, bringing together partner institutions from the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Universities, (social) housing associations, municipalities and energy provider from Northwest Europe are working together to reduce building emissions, which currently cause around 300 million tonnes of CO2per year.
Reducing carbon emissions in buildings
The RED WoLF project will increase the use of renewable energy while reducing carbon emissions in homes with photovoltaic (PV) systems and no gas connection.
To achieve this, a total of 100 homes in six RED WoLF pilot regions in the UK, Ireland and France will be equipped with hybrid storage systems that combine batteries and thermal storage. The thermal storage units will provide heat for heating on demand and the batteries will store power from the photovoltaic systems.
In this way, low-CO2 energy (generated by the PV system) can be accessed when demand for electricity is low, replacing fossil energy from the grid. This is because, through a new "smart" control technology, the hybrid storage systems will be able to communicate with the grid, eliminating the imbalance of electricity generation and demand.
Part of a European research team
eco:novis has two main tasks in the project. The technological extension of the RED WoLF system from single-family homes to larger non-residential buildings in order to reinforce the capitalisation target of CO2 reduction and, moreover, the dissemination of the electricity storage system to the Luxembourg and West German market.