One of the key strategic aspects of Kreis Lippe is production of renewable energy. Currently more than 40% of the overall energy in the region is coming from renewable energy sources. Three energy suppliers belong to Kreis Lippe, several big photovoltaic plants (one plant of ca. 5ha area), dozens of windmills and several biogas facilities that are distributed around the Lippe region.
Additionally, a major project was initiated by Kreis Lippe called Smart Energy Village (“Energiedorf Wendlinghausen”), where households, a small factory (sawmill) and commercial buildings are powered in 100% with the renewable energy and heating. The village is already used in several research projects where e.g. simulation models are coupled with the physical components, and real-time optimisation of the energy use is performed.
Kreis Lippe also executes several projects in the area of e-mobility. Together with the research partners Hochschule OWL, Fraunhofer Institute, and companies, such as Phoenix Contact, Kannegiesser, itelligence, and many others the employees work together on topics such as development and methods and strategies of energy management, integration e-mobility into a smart grid or decreasing the CO₂ footprint to zero.
Since under umbrella of Kreis Lippe there are three power suppliers, a modern and highly developed renewable energy infrastructure by means of large photovoltaic plants, windmills, biogas plants, Kreis Lippe is a perfect partner that is able to define requirements for the AnyPLACE platform and at the end make it possible to integrate it with the smart grid. One of the major tasks in the project is executing field trials, which can be performed in the Energy Village (EV). Since, the main aim of EV was to test the innovation in the area of power supply in real life, it is possible to start the tests in the early status of the project and continuously perform tests of the developed in the AnyPLACE project technology. Since, in the EV different end users are involved, it will also be possible to gather their requirements including technical and societal aspects.