Why smart grids need smart buildings

Published: Thu 10 Oct 2013
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The increasing portion of renewable energy generation will create a variety of challenges for grid operators in the near future. Renewable resources fluctuate, which can make the grid less stable and increase the need for excess reserve.

Buildings comprise a large part (41%) of global energy consumption, and smart buildings can -- and will -- play a very significant role in addressing some of these challenges. Buildings also offer a tremendous and, so far, not fully explored opportunity for energy savings.

Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) are mainly what make smart buildings smart. This technology helps building optimize (and even minimize) energy use and cost, while helping to maximize productivity and comfort for occupants.

Next week, at European Utility Week, Dr. Sascha Brozek (Senior Vice President and Global Head, Siemens Building Technologies Systems & Solutions) will deliver a presentation on the growing role of smart buildings in smart grids. This will be part of the Smart Cities Update session, which begins at 9:00 am on Oct. 16.

Smart buildings play a critical role in the future effectiveness of smart grids, leveraging the potential for electrical and thermal energy storage, load shifting, demand response and even on-site generation.

Smart buildings in smart grids are not only the foundation for smart cities but they also boost the competitiveness of cities. Dr. Brozek's presentation will explore the economical, social and environmental dimensions on which such competitive advantages can be attained.

Read more at Siemens Smart Grid Watch!