• 06/16/2014

Groundbreaking ceremony for energy-storage-plus-house in Hallbergmoos

Living in the house of the future

A house that produces energy itself and manages it intelligently? Sounds good. But what’s everyday life like for a family that lives in such a house? To find out, scientists at Technische Universität München (TUM) have set up a research house in Hallbergmoos.

Illustration: Dynahaus
Illustration: Dynahaus

A photovoltaic system is installed on the flat roof of the house, and an electric car is being charged on the driveway. At the moment the energy-storage-plus-house in Hallbergmoos only exists in drawings and on blueprints. However, starting in January 2015 a family will inhabit the 140-square-meter house. The plans call for five rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, a guest bathroom, a patio and a yard.

Scientists at the TUM Center for Sustainable Construction led by Professor Werner Lang plan to use the research house to test their energy-management system. The house’s photovoltaic system generates electricity, some of which is used immediately to charge the electric car and other technical equipment. Any surplus electricity drives a heat pump to produce thermal energy, which can be stored and used for heating. 

Energy independent and intelligent

The intelligent system recognizes how electricity can be used most cost-effectively. "This means the washing machine isn’t switched on until the electric car has been fully charged and full power is available from the photovoltaic system," engineer Michael Huith explains.

Starting in January 2015, a family will live in the research house for one year. "We want to test whether the system is accepted by the inhabitants," Huith explains. "It’s important for us to know whether living comfort is affected and whether people are prepared to make small changes to their lifestyle."

About the project:
The energy-storage-plus-house in Hallbergmoos is part of the research project e-MOBILie – energy-independent electromobility in the smart micro-grid, which is being conducted in cooperation with the building contractor Dynahaus, BMW AG and SMA AG. The Center for Sustainable Construction is part of the TUM.Energy program, an inter-faculty research initiative of the Munich School of Engineering.

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Michael Huith
Faculty of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering
Tel.: +49 89 289 23955
Email: michael.huithspam prevention@tum.de
Internet: www.enpb.bv.tum.de

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