Pilot project: E.ON and real focus on energy-efficient building management


Smart Home for superstores – E.ON has developed a system for retailers that can reduce energy consumption by up to 35 percent, especially in shopping centers. The partners E.ON and real are now implementing the concept for the first time in Germany at a real supermarket in Krefeld.

The pilot store in Krefeld's Kempener Feld district is to be converted by the end of October. An intelligent building management system will then control the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting and cooling systems. From this point on, a self-learning measurement and control system learns how the power consumption of individual components responds during the course of the day in order to optimize overall power consumption using intelligent control technology.

Additional parameters such as the outside temperature, the output of the photovoltaic system installed on the roof or a change in the interior temperature, which varies throughout the day, are included. The system is controlled and monitored by the E.ON Energy Management Center.

Supermarkets are generally energy-intensive. With the E.ON-system, the real supermarket in Krefeld will significantly improve its CO2 balance and also significantly reduce its operating costs due to lower consumption. real has concluded an energy efficiency agreement with which E.ON guarantees energy savings. Savings can be made even more efficiently if the measured values from two or more supermarkets can be compared. The system is therefore particularly suitable for large store chains. The aim is to convert additional stores after a test phase.

“The installation of the new heating and ventilation systems, the new cooling technology, the commercial refrigeration system, the photovoltaic system and the new lighting system will reduce our operating costs in the future. In addition, the market is more climate-friendly and equipped with the latest energy systems," says Ralf Griesser, Head of Strategy and Real Estate at real.

Anthony Ainsworth, CEO of E.ON Business Solutions: “The retail business is highly competitive. That is why we help our customers to significantly reduce their energy consumption and their operating costs, while saving CO2 at the same time – lower costs and lower carbon is a retail win-win. Together with our retail customers we develop bespoke solutions for the optimization of their energy consumption so that they delight their customers with a state-of-the-art, sustainable shopping experience.”

About real
real is a sales division of METRO AG, one of the most important international retail companies. A comprehensive range of food and non-food products, high-quality fresh produce and attractive prices: All this makes real one of the leading hypermarket operators in Germany. Its goal is to offer customers an exceptional shopping experience. real operates 277 stores throughout Germany. This also includes the Markthalle Krefeld and the Emmas Enkel Markt in Düsseldorf. In addition there is the real online shop and in certain regions the real online grocery shop with Click&Collect and delivery service. Three-quarters of sales are generated with food. The focus of the range is on fresh products such as fruit and vegetables, meat, sausages, fish and cheese. In addition, real offers a wide range of non-food products, including electronics, household goods and textiles. Up to 80,000 different articles are available in every real store.

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