Energy Supply Cooperative (ESC)

  • contact:

    Dr. Valentin Bertsch

    Dipl.-Wirt.-Ing. Hannes Schwarz

  • project group:

    Distributed energy systems and networks

  • funding:

    European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

    KIC InnoEnergy

  • partner:

    evohaus GmbH

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) - Institute for Industrial Production (IIP)


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Intelligent energy-efficient residential quarters

The project Energy Supply Cooperative (ESC) is aimed at developing energy-autarkic, environmentally friendly residential quarters. A large part of the required energy will be provided by photovoltaic systems within the quarters, the energy consumption is reduced to a minimum by modern passive house technology. A maximal self-usage of photovoltaic energy is achieved by heat pumps with hot water storages and intelligent load shifting within the quarter. Additionally, socio-economic effects of energy consumption are analysed and opportunities for load reduction and shifting are derived. Electricity that cannot be covered by own production is obtained from an external energy supplier. In the micro-grid, an intelligent energy management using PowerMatcher ensures the optimal interaction between local energy supply and demand. In the end, the aimed innovations shall remain affordable for households with average incomes.


Research focus at IIP (KIT):

  • Analysis of the thermal and electrical load profiles as well as the PV generation
  • Development of adequate forecasting methods for predicting the load curves
  • Decision support for layout optimisation of the different system components



Please find further information about the project here.