Solarclarity opened Energy Management Experience Center (EMEC): ‘By 2020 we will see the economic end of fossil energy’
With a conference and opening ceremony by Jan Vos (former Dutch politician of the Labour party ‘PvdA’) and Liesbeth van Tongeren (Dutch politician of the Green party: ‘GroenLinks’). Solarclarity has officially opened its Energy Management Experience Center (EMEC).
The approximately 150 attendants received a varied program during the conference in which Solarclarity took the participants to the solar energy sector 2.0. Or as Jillis Raadschelders, chairman of Energy Storage NL and working at DNV GL, said: “By 2050, it’s about ‘more’ than only generating electricity, we need to take that into consideration. It will be also about gas, heat and the infrastructure. The electricity and gas network is the largest system ever built by humans. You do not throw this away tomorrow because of the rise of renewable energy, but you need to use it cleverly, for example, by storing renewable energy. Energy storage is very important and it is especially the flexibility that we need to be able to respond to all renewable energy sources and the different end users.’
In view of its background, Jillis Raadschelders sees logically much potential for storage of renewable energy. Just like Robert van der Hidde of EXE Energy, who has provided technology for Solarclarity’s EMEC to save money by connecting flexible assets such as solar panels, batteries, buildings and the network.
The energy generated by the 330 solar panels on the roof of the Solarclarity building (of which 110 Phono Solar modules) can be currently stored in 3 LG Chem batteries with a combined capacity of approximately 60 kWh. “In Solarclarity’s EMEC, the first components of the energy system of 2050 are connected: solar panels, batteries, the building and the network,” said Van der Hidde. “Through our online platform Enwire, Solarclarity is already capable of trading locally-generated energy. With one of our other tools, R.E.X., the generation and consumption can be better matched. This is an important development because there are already several companies in the Netherlands who spend more money on peak energy taxes than on actual power consumption. Energy management opens new business models.
Following Raadschelders and Van der Hidde, Solarclarity Director Peter Desmet gave his vision on the changing role of the solar sector. The main conclusion according to him? “Thanks to the rise of renewable energy – and solar power in particular – we will see the economic end of fossil energy by 2020. Energy management is the final piece of the puzzle for the sun to become the biggest energy source. That is our reason to test, develop and apply systems in our EMEC to form the essential link between production and consumption of electricity.”
Solarclarity is a fast growing international specialised distributor of PV products based in the Netherlands. We supply installers and resellers throughout Europe and the Caribbean with a select range of solar modules, inverters, mounting systems, cable, measurement instruments and monitoring equipment.