Dr. Severin Beucker presents the project WindNODE to Berlin's twin city Los Angeles

Smart City: Exchange of ideas Berlin and Los Angeles

The twin cities of Berlin and Los Angeles discussed the topic of Smart City. As part of the Berlin Urban Tech Summit 2018, the central Berlin business conference, Berlin welcomed Chief Sustainability Officer Nancy Sutley from its twin city Los Angeles (USA). At the invitation of State Secretary Christian Rickerts, Borderstep and his partners presented to her the WindNODE project.

The participants then exchanged ideas on Smart City Projects and intelligent neighbourhoods in the twin cities of Los Angeles and Berlin. The focus was on the common challenges in the expansion of renewable energies in the two cities. In Los Angeles, surplus renewable energies are to be increasingly integrated into the supply via storage technologies. In WindNODE, on the other hand, in addition to storage, the flexibility potential on the consumption side (industry, infrastructure and consumers) is also being researched.

Dr. Severin Beucker, Managing Director and co-founder of the Borderstep Institute, referred in this context to the large storage and flexibilisation potential in the building sector. The possible use of power-to-heat and power-to-cold technologies can also be developed relatively easily and economically for energy transition. There is still plenty of potential in both cities.

A further exchange has been agreed for the coming months.

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