SMART GRID NAVIGATOR

INTELLIGENT ELECTRICITY GRIDS
iDM Wärmepumpen sind schon heute Smart Grid ready

Today, iDM heat pumps are already Smart Grid ready

“Smart Grid ready” has taken the heat pump industry by storm, long before genuine smart grids, i.e. intelligent electricity grids are available. In future, an intelligent electricity grid will integrate all participants into the electricity grid. These include electricity producers, electricity grids, electricity storage units and consumers. The objective is to compensate for peaks in the electricity grid by adapting production time and consumption to each other. There are peaks in consumption but also during electricity production and these depend on the season, time of day and weather, particularly in the case of renewable energy sources. As an intelligent grid cannot randomly switch consumers on and off, the process will be regulated using the electricity rates. As a result, electrical energy in a smart grid becomes cheaper if it is available in abundance and expensive if the demand is high.
RENEWABLE ELECTRICAL ENERGY IN THE HEAT PUMP

TERRA heat pumps by iDM Energiesysteme GmbH already operate the mechanism used for intelligent grids today, even in conjunction with photovoltaics systems: the NAVIGATOR heat pump controller processes signals from the inverter within a PV system and therefore increases internal use: first, the heat pump heats up the buffer storage unit and surpasses the temperature within the storage unit by up to 5K, depending on the amount of energy available. If necessary, the system can also slightly increase the supply temperature. The iDM NAVIGATOR also learns when cost-effective photovoltaics energy is available and schedules hot water supply times in these periods. iDM TERRA heat pumps with NAVIGATOR controls already make intelligent use of electrical energy today.

iDM heat pump and photovoltaics system
EFFICIENCY WITH IDM HEAT PUMPS

If electrical energy prices fluctuate depending on the availability, it becomes ever more important that consumers use as little energy as possible. With high COPs (over 4 for air heat pumps and over 5 for geothermal heat pumps), the iDM energy family is already providing the required basis today.

SMART NAVIGATOR