Innovative model project FUBIC
The energy supply concept of the prospective FUBIC Innovation Centre will be based on a so-called all-electric system, which relies completely on renewable energy.
All-electric quarters are very challenging projects. Using an all-electric concept for a technology building with laboratory and technical spaces is something completely new – it’s CO2 and emissions-free, powered purely by renewable energy, and economically viable for its users. WISTA Management GmbH, RWTH Aachen University, and Free University Berlin jointly developed FUBIC’s unique energy supply concept as part of a research project on all-electric supply systems.
Meeting the technological demands of such an energy supply system and safeguarding economic viability for a diverse group of users is a complex task. For this reason, design, planning, and construction required an entirely new approach. The RWTH developed user profiles for offices, labs, and tech rooms based on the FUBIC’s planned usage zones. These consider use duration, use intensity, ventilation requirements, and annual outside air temperatures. On this basis, the energy needs of heating, technical equipment, lighting, and ventilation facilities were assessed. Based on the results and identified demands, an all-electric system was configured for FUBIC, which is capable of efficiently and securely meeting the simulated consumption needs. A cloud-based energy management system maximises the network’s efficiency, using heat pumps, floor heating, and storage facilities. The intelligent supply system reacts flexibly and according to demands and is equipped with excellent management and storage systems.
A blueprint for Germany
This concept for a carbon-neutral and emissions-free technology quarter is funded by the federal economic ministry and shall serve as a blueprint for other quarters all over Germany in the future. The FUBIC system meets the desired demands, is economically viable, and can be easily replicated. Specific local requirements, for example, geothermal energy, need not be in place.
Rising costs of CO2
In light of steadily increasing carbon prices, all-electric systems using renewable energy are capable of permanently reducing costs compared to other energy supply options. For transitioning to electricity-based heating, all-electric systems lead the way to a sustainable and climate-friendly future.