Thanks to SNN and the European Union, Envitron was able to take a step in the right direction in developing its own designed sensor platform called the Envi.base. With this platform companies, government agencies but also homeowners will be able to optimally adjust all energy in the future. A VIA subsidy has been made available for the hardware development of the Envi.base.
By gaining insight (monitoring), smart energy regulation (steering) and anticipating future situations (predicting), optimal use is made of the self-generated energy, the storage of energy and the consumption of energy. Energy that is not consumed also does not need to be generated. This allows companies or multiple houses to be disconnected from the energy grid together. Polluting coal-fired power stations or risky nuclear power stations will therefore need to be used less and will disappear.
The project contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions through the efficient use of energy. It therefore fits in seamlessly with the RIS3 societal challenge ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’ and with the NIA challenge ‘sustainable energy use’.
In the future, more and more systems will work autonomously. A transition is currently taking place from centralized energy supply (power plants) to decentralized energy supply (autonomous systems). Energy is generated by the individual and then consumed or stored. Generation of energy is becoming more accessible to individuals (solar panels, small wind turbines) and also storage is getting closer due to innovations on batteries. Opportunities are also becoming available to share excess power with neighbors or other homes, for example (e.g., postal code box or smart grids). These systems operate without connection to the electricity grid and are therefore autonomous. Envitron develops the missing link to be able to balance local energy whereby consumption, generation and storage are optimally controlled by means of smart hardware and software.