The Electrical Flexibility of Buildings: A Pillar of the Energy Transition

The electrical flexibility of buildings is revolutionizing energy management by combining digital technology with traditional infrastructure to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the energy grid.

This concept was highlighted by Forbes in an article by Thomas Kiessling, CTO at Siemens Infrastructure, emphasizing the crucial role of buildings in the energy transition.


Concept and Operation

Buildings utilizing electrical flexibility leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to adjust their energy consumption in real-time. By optimizing the use of periods when renewable sources are abundant, these buildings reduce the strain on the grid during peak demand times.

Economic and Environmental Benefits

This flexibility can save up to 8% in network investment costs. For property owners, it reduces energy bills, and for suppliers, it limits the need for new infrastructure. Environmentally, it promotes better use of renewable energy and decreases reliance on fossil fuels.

Towards Carbon Neutrality

By integrating flexibility and renewable energy sources, buildings can achieve carbon neutrality more economically. They optimize their energy consumption while reducing their carbon footprint.

Challenges and Perspectives

Despite its potential, challenges remain in technology, regulations, and incentives. Greater awareness and education among stakeholders are necessary to encourage the adoption of these systems. By combining AI and IoT, buildings become key players in a sustainable and carbon-neutral energy grid, promising a more resilient and efficient future.