The property developer, which has 3 billion euros of real estate in the pipeline, will make a commitment with the contractors they work with to switch to batteries on all sites. It will be included in the specifications, while consumption will also be monitored in great detail to reduce standby consumption to an absolute minimum.
No emissions, no noise
Batteries work in the same way as home batteries and have the same advantages we know from electric cars: soot and particulate emissions are reduced to zero, batteries make no noise and operate much more efficiently. An additional plus of the yard battery is that it will have a positive impact on the sustainability scores calculated when certifying buildings, such as the renowned BREAAM certificate.
Made in Ghent
Brain behind the sustainable solution is Bright Energy, a young family business from Ghent. Entrepreneurs Arne (29), Sam (27) and Lisse (25) Van Acker, two brothers and a sister, started working with the home battery their parents had installed at home three years ago. The trio - then still students - soon realized that there was more to be gained from it and turned to programming. They developed a self-learning software program that monitors electricity consumption and optimizes the performance of the home battery. That technology formed the basis of their system for powering construction sites in the most efficient way possible.