Buildings as a building block of the energy future / Salzburg

The house as an energy storage system - a system component in the intelligent energy management of the model region Bavaria/Austria.

The two pillars for the success of the energy transition are energy efficiency and increasing the proportion of renewable energies. A very high proportion of energy is used for heating and cooling buildings. In this context, the thermal activation of building components (TABs) is a technology that can make a significant and affordable contribution to achieving these goals


From research and development to demonstration and innovation

Renewable energies are volatile, so it is particularly important to create storage options.  In a broad application, thermal building component activation (TCA) enables CO2-free heating and cooling and can relieve the grid in the form of many decentralised storage systems by making buildings with their solid components part of the energy networks.

How these properties can be further optimised and how thermal building component activation can be integrated into district heating networks or microgrids, for example, or used in renovation projects, are questions that the R&I project aims to clarify.

Project objective

To help the cost-effective key technology "thermal component activation" become widely known and ultimately achieve a breakthrough, to make showcase projects visible, to identify future potential for the economy as well as normative or legal obstacles or to develop proposals for solutions to these.

The following main project contents are planned

  • Cross-border survey, investigation and presentation of best practices in terms of the technologies used, economic efficiency and potential contribution to political objectives (climate targets).
  • Cross-border survey of legal and normative framework conditions for the optimal utilisation and development of storage technologies.
  • Cross-border survey of organisational requirements for control and energy distribution.
  • Identification of possible potential with regard to energy consumption and output and the contribution to buffering peaks, also in connection with buildings and mobility.
  • Development of prototypes for individual regions as a preliminary stage for pilot projects.
  • Cross-border network foundation "IG-Bauteilaktivierung".

Project details