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Development area to house bioenergy village

Charging station planned for Wüstenrot

An increasing amount of development land is being earmarked for the generation of electricity and heat using alternative energy. Introducing a bioenergy village with a difference: Vordere Viehweide II in the town of Wüstenrot. “Agrithermics” is big here. One hectare large, this residential and mixed-use land will have a demo unit installed for new geothermic technology. To plan the project and market the properties, town administrators called in the team at the Steinbeis Consulting Center Project Development for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency, as well as staff from a Backnang-based company called “Die Erneuerbaren”.

The German Federal Ministry of Economy asked the community to flesh out its initiative called “An Energy-Independent Wüstenrot by 2020” and submit a request for funding. Agrithermics is a completely new approach to energy in that the earth’s heat is used for heating and cooling by using a heat pump. The farmer or company begins by plowing in panel absorbers (plastic hoses) two meters below the surface. This cold geothermal heating grid supplies nearly 30 houses in the Wüstenrot building area with energy. This doesn’t exist anywhere else in Germany. Nearly 1½ hectares of collector surface is required. There are roof-mounted solar panels to deliver electricity. An intelligent energy management system uses and stores electricity in each household, allowing users to do all kinds of things such as recharge the battery in their electric vehicle. Since this blend of sources generates 1.6 times the amount of actual energy needed, any excess can be tapped into by adjacent buildings or the nearby outdoor swimming pool.


Sebastian Dürr
Steinbeis Consulting Center Development Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (Wolpertshausen)

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