The unique New Energy Lab addresses all aspects of integrated renewable energy systems: generation, storage and management of energy. Its flexible energy management unit enables the quick modification of the system’s setup, making it possible to combine multiple renewable inputs with different energy storage options.
The off-grid hybrid system allows studying each technology individually or in combined set-ups. It combines solar and wind power with energy storage in batteries or through the generation of hydrogen powering a fuel cell. The system can further be connected to the grid. Typical scenarios, such as night-time operation, periods of no wind or the combined use of renewable and conventional energy sources like a diesel genset, can be simulated and analyzed (smart grid education and training). Various types of loads can be conncected to the system or be simulated with its electronic load. Students gain a fundamental understanding of each technology and the interrelationships between the different system components. This enables them to dimension smart and efficient hybrid systems in line with supply requirements. Extensive measuring technology and the monitoring and control software allows for data logging and analyzing. Energy flows are visualized in real time.