Presenting the partners: badenova

By Mari Kristine Buckholm, Smart Innovation Norway 15. May 2019

Badenova sells and operates networks, energy storages and smart city infrastructures in a region of nearly one million inhabitants and adapts INVADE technology and solutions on site for its customers.

Commissioning of badenova’s redox flow battery storage to stabilize the electricity grid. From left to right: Jürgen Heller (Storion Germany), Malte Thoma (project manager INVADE), and Mathias Nicolay (CTO badenova), Volker Geis (CTO bnNetze)

The badenova group with its subsidiaries is an energy service provider and network operator in the South Baden region. Its shareholders are 96 municipalities with almost one million inhabitants as well as Thüga AG.

Provides technical solutions

The company operates electric, natural gas, water and sewage networks and smart city infrastructure (communication, mobility) and offers its end customers not only smart home components but also battery storage systems, heating and PV systems as well as wall boxes for electromobility.

“As private customers of badenova and their local partners increasingly request integrated solutions, badenova is part of the INVADE partnership. Within the project, it will be shown on the basis of batteries of different sizes, how a network of energy systems is technically possible and how networking can provide additional benefits,” explains Peter Majer, Innovation Manager at badenova.

Innovation Manager at badeonva, Peter Majer.

badenova’s role in INVADE

The German company contributes with its technical expertise and its access to customers to the field test environment in the South Baden region. Ten battery storage units in private households and a battery specifically designed to stabilize the electricity grid (redox flow) has been prepared for integration into the INVADE platform.

“In the second half of the project, badenova will examine which new business models are possible by controlling plants and batteries and improvement of charging infrastructure. The aim is to offer additional smart solutions for consumers and communities,” says Majer.

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