Kreis Lippe Der Landrat (KREI KIPPE) (Germany)
Kreis Lippe as a Municipal Administration was founded in 1973. Currently, it is one of the biggest employers in the Lippe region, with around 5.000 employees and apprentices in different fields, with the annual income of 700 million Euros. The main activities include topics like nature and environment, economy, education, public health, and culture. One of the key strategic aspects of Kreis Lippe is production of renewable energy. Currently more than 40% of the overall energy in the region is coming from renewable energy sources. In Lippe, there are 3 energy suppliers, several big photovoltaic plants (one plant ca. 5ha area), dozens of windmills and several biogas facilities that are distributed in the Lippe region. Additionally, a big project was initiated by Kreis Lippe, the so-called Smart Energy Village ("Energiedorf
Wendlinghausen"), where households, a small factory (sawmill)and commercial buildings are powered 100% with renewable energy and heating. The village is already used in several research projects where simulation models are coupled with the physical components and a real-time optimization of the energy usage is performed. Apart from that, several projects in the area of e-mobility are running in Lippe. Together with the Hochschule OWL, Fraunhofer Institute, and companies, such as Phoenix Contact, Kannegiesser, itelligence, and many others, Kreis Lippe work on topics such as development of innovative methods and strategies efficient energy management, e-mobility integration in a smart grid or decreasing the CO2 footprint to zero.
KREIS LIPPE will develop activities mainly in the demonstration and impact assessment WPs. The Smart Energy Village in the Lippe region will provide a test bed for the field trial of the ICT-based platform for energy efficiency to be developed within the FEEdBACk project. Therefore, KREIS LIPPE will help interview and gather end-users' ideas to specify functional requirements for the FEEdBACk solution. Furthermore, KREIS LIPPE will help deploy the FEEdBACk for validation at the end-user level in households. The participating end-users will be interviewed after the field trial to gather the feedback of the usability and acceptability of the developed solutions. Finally, KREIS LIPPE will participate in the evaluation of economic impacts and in business models validation as well as in the definition of new business opportunities and market uptake strategies.