The SlimPark Living Lab has officially opened on the campus of the University of Twente. This living lab offers scientists, companies and other research institutions the opportunity to research and implement new, sustainable energy technologies. The SlimPark project was officially opened by ir. Roelof Bleker, mayor of Enschede, prof. dr. Vinod Subramaniam, chairman of the Executive Board of the University of Twente and Richard Kokhuis, director of the company AmperaPark from Enschede.
With the SlimPark Living Lab, the University of Twente is investigating how the generation of solar energy in the car park, storage in batteries, and the sustainable and smart charging of electric cars can form an integrated energy system. In contrast to many other projects, technical issues are the main focus, but rather the needs of the end-user. An app developed by students gives the researchers insight into how and when the generated solar energy can be distributed as smartly as possible between the plugged-in cars. In addition, the energy management system ensures that the electricity network is not overloaded.
The energy transition is in full swing and that poses challenges. It requires an interplay of technology, people, society and policy, which will lead to far-reaching changes in society. That is why scientists from the UT, companies such as AmperaPark, Elaad, Mennekes and Kiwatt, and other research institutions are joining forces.
According to Johann Hurink, Full Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Twente, this project fits in perfectly with the vision of the UT: “The SlimPark project brings together fundamental research and practice, resulting in cooperation of technological, social and societal disciplines. This makes this project an ideal example for the UT's ‘high-tech, human touch’ approach.”
You certainly can! The SlimPark Living lab, with the AmperaPark solar charging station, is located in the car park in front of the Pavilion building (building number 6).