The Swedish real estate company Wallenstam builds, develops, and manages properties in Stockholm and Gothenburg and has from the start had a strong focus on sustainability. In recent years, they have invested heavily in solar production and recently also invested in intelligent energy storage from Enequi. The storage solution, QuiPower, is part of a pilot project where Wallenstam is investigating what effect energy storage can have in their properties and what the possibilities for future developments are.
Wallenstam was founded in Gothenburg in 1944 and has since then made an enormous development journey, where sustainability and innovation have been important focus areas right from the start. Their vision is to develop tomorrow’s properties, neighbourhoods and areas.
– Wallenstam works actively with action plans to reduce the environmental impact, says Patrik Persson, energy manager at Wallenstam. We want to reduce our own energy consumption and have been self-sufficient since 2013 on renewable electricity through our own production.
It was the company’s drive to reduce their climate footprint that was the starting point for the collaboration that began in 2022 with Enequi, a Swedish manufacturer and supplier of intelligent energy storage solutions for private and commercial properties.
”Wallenstam works actively with action plans to reduce the environmental impact. We want to reduce our own energy consumption and have been self-sufficient since 2013 on renewable electricity through our own production.”Patrik Persson, energy manager at Wallenstam
Enequi is sprung from a vision of a more sustainable world, where energy storage and energy optimization form a cornerstone of the energy transformation. When Martin Lovén, sales manager at Enequi, met Wallenstam for the first time in the middle of 2021, he immediately experienced an interaction between the companies visions.
– When Wallenstam talked about their ambitions and desire to be at the forefront of the energy transformation, it immediately felt like Enequi and our QuiPower system had a natural place on that journey, says Martin.
A pilot project emerged, where Enequi’s patented QuiPower system was installed in one of Wallenstam’s properties in Gothenburg. The basic idea of QuiPower is to use electricity in a smart and cost-effective way. The core of the system is energy storage and intelligent AI software controlling the property’s energy consumption, with clean energy from solar panels. The brain of QuiPower learns the property’s consumption pattern over time and can, among other things, shave power peaks and increase the use of self-produced electricity.
– The functionality of QuiPower and the possibilities it brings is something that we see a lot of advantages with. We are also positive towards the fact that Enequi has development and manufacturing in Sweden, Patrik at Wallenstam comments.
Martin at Enequi confirms that the QuiPower Core is both developed and manufactured in Sweden. Since sustainability is a great focus with Enequi’s solutions, more parts of the system are also produced locally.
The collaboration between Wallenstam and Enequi is still in its initial stage and will be continuously evaluated in regards to how the energy storage can be used most efficiently and in what way the use can be optimized.
– We are happy with this project and the fact that Wallenstam sees the same opportunities as we do. Initially, we have investigated how QuiPower can shave power peaks, but we will review more aspects over time, Martin comments.
– This is of course exciting, Patrik Persson agrees. We look forward to following the long-term impact of the energy storage on the property and will eventually evaluate whether it is something that we can implement as a standard in all our properties.
”When Wallenstam talked about their desire to be at the forefront of the energy transformation, it immediately felt like Enequi and our QuiPower system had a natural place on that journey.”Martin Lovén, sales manager at Enequi
Both societal benefits and climate benefits are at the center of the project, and for Wallenstam it is important that positive benefits can be reported in both of these areas. Solar energy is predicted to become a central part of future real estate development, and Wallenstam and Enequi agree that there are great advantages with adding energy storage, both with the aim of shaving power peaks and costs, but also for those who want to store excess energy from solar production and then support with electricity from the battery when needed.
– We look forward to following the development of this project together with Wallenstam and hope that more real estate companies show the same courage to join the journey towards a more sustainable energy consumption, concludes Martin.