Eindhoven is the first city in the Netherlands that has a solar-powered smart battery.
Equipment that use a lot of electricity, like the elevator in an apartment complex in Kardinaal de Jongweg, is going to be solar-powered. The battery will supply self-generated power, even when the sun is not shining. This means the lift will run on solar power at night as well.
The aim of the system is to make the complex more sustainable. At the same time, it must be cost-effective for the residents. It is expected that this battery will save EUR1 400 per year. In addition, thanks to this battery, 95% of the generated solar power stays within the apartment complex. Without it, this is only 30%.
This installation is being tested by the Woonbedrijf and iwell, the company that supplied the smart battery. If it is successful, Woonbedrijf wants to install this system in about 90 other apartment complexes.