Ensuring a decentralized energy supply using domestic resources – that’s the declared aim of the Regensburg-based Bayernwerk. After all, the sun, water, wind, and biomass are the future. The rapid transition to renewable energies is also a stated aim for the whole of Germany, in light of ongoing climate change and the current energy crisis.
Companies, authorities, and individuals are showing an increasing interest in alternative energy sources, with some occasionally even generating their own power from solar panels. They are actively shaping the energy landscape through their individual decisions with regard to power, heating, and transport.
The “Flower.Power” energy concept from Bayernwerk sees the future energy landscape as locally connected microsystems, much like a wildflower meadow. Cities with high energy requirements are like calyxes and are supplied with excess energy that has been generated by the surrounding rural areas – the petals.
The aim of the concept is primarily to strengthen the regional energy supply. Accordingly, the company wants to network and synchronize high-consumption areas with regional producers. However, this can only be achieved with a high level of digitalization, as the energy landscape of the future will require more intelligent networks. Numerous sensors record the current feed into the network and enable control of the power generation from natural sources, which naturally fluctuates heavily. So far, Bayernwerk has already connected 350,000 decentralized systems for generating power from renewable energy to its network, which means that 70 percent of its supply comes from purely regenerative energy.
Bayernwerk wanted to use a state-ofthe-art app for its customers to create awareness about the energy cycle – from generation through to consumption. Furthermore, the company wanted to strengthen its public image as a modern network operator and pioneer of sustainable energy.
This app explains Bayernwerk's contribution to shaping the energy world of tomorrow in a vivid and very informative way.
Anna Zwicknagel, Project Lead Energie.Zukunft app at Bayernwerk Netz GmbH
The Energie-Zukunft app is free and is also available as a kids’ version, making it perfect for school lessons. In the long term, Bayernwerk AG is planning to use the VR/AR technology in other areas.
“It’s fascinating how easy it is to convey complex issues to the right target group by means of VR/AR content. This app helps declare Bayernwerk’s contribution to shaping the energy landscape of tomorrow in a clear, informative way. The mixed-reality content is fun and makes you curious to find out more about the energy landscape of tomorrow,” says Anna Zwicknagel.