12 October 2020
DSM and Lightyear aim to design solar roofs for all types of electric vehicles
Crossover between design and sustainable generation of energy; eigenenergie.net’s innovative solar installations generate solar energy and enhance the building from an aesthetic point of view.
Eigenenergie.net installs and develops innovative solar installations, which also improve the building from an aesthetic point of view. Nine years ago, we started out as a company that installs solar panels on roofs, fields or carports. In addition, we have also developed a great system for the greenhouse construction sector. Four years ago, we started researching aesthetic solutions for generation and storage of solar energy in façade cladding. We focused on alternative colors and design techniques, new printing technologies and differentiation of formats. We are now able to deliver any design and color. And we can even deliver textured glass. Allowing us to create a façade that doesn’t only look amazing, but also produces 100 kWh of energy per m2. What's more, the price equals the price of conventional façade cladding, making it more interesting to choose a sustainable solution. We are working together with designer duo Kiki & Joost and will soon be part of all major design exhibitions.
We have an inhouse development department and are working with a Dutch manufacturing company. We deliver our products and services to both consumers and companies. Thanks to the subsidies granted when installing solar panels, various parties have an excellent business case for solar panels. Resulting in an enormous increase of parties installing solar panels. Currently, the Netherlands is the second largest country in Europe with respect to the number of solar installations installed per year. We have seen some great plans for solar meadows and large-scale installation of solar panels on roofs. But we are particularly interested in innovation; we do not only fill roofs with solar panels; we also look at solutions to better integrate them.
Climate change and global warming are major topics of discussion right now. The energy transition is also an important part thereof. I am glad that we - in our own way - can help a little in this respect. By producing green energy, but also by looking at how to accelerate that production. Within our company, innovation is also extremely important and that is where we distinguish ourselves from our competition. Each year, we allocate a substantial amount to innovation, because we consider it to be our future business. In the next fifty years, integrated solar solutions in the construction sector will significantly help the greening process.
I see new opportunities for optimizing the storage and charging process. Currently, our energy network consists of underground cables. When you need power, you insert a plug into the outlet to use the power provided via such cable. If, at some point, there are 20 million electric cars with batteries, we have a driving network. You can draw power from such batteries, but you can also use them to store energy. Solving the problem of an overloaded network, which we sometimes have to deal with nowadays. In other words, flexible, variable energy. I can already envision it. The question is how to realize it?
I hope we have solved the problem regarding the storage of sustainably generated energy. Of course, wind and solar energy have certain generation curves, because at certain times the demand for energy is greater than can be sustainably generated at that moment. Hydrogen can provide a buffer. But I am particularly interested in how to store sustainable energy as smartly and cheaply as possible. So that we can fully rely on green energy and completely stop using grey energy. My dream will come true if the Brainport Region succeeds in achieving this ambition by 2030. That would definitely put the Brainport region on the map as key player.
Source: Timeframe Project Eindhoven