Off-Grid German Town of Feldheim Provides Working Model of Full Renewable Energy Integration
The Gemini Synergy Center model by Team Gemini is already successfully implemented in some capacities in communities around the world. Examples continue to drive progress.
The German town of Feldheim is Germany’s first completely energy self-sufficient community powered by wind and solar and heated by biogas. More than 3,000 eco-tourists visited the location in 2013 eager to see how the East German village has gone off the grid.
The path to complete sustainability is not without challenges, but a dedicated community, the right project developers and technology providers, as well as supporting infrastructure, can help implement such ambitious visions. Even with all resources aligned properly, it can still take years for projects to fully become a reality. But the end result is worth it.
In the case of Feldheim, Team Gemini looks closely at ways of improving the existing model. Not all towns can benefit from wind energy, or they may have a limited supply of feedstock to produce biogas. Alternatives can be implemented, and new components—like water treatment, recycling of commodities, and sustainable food production—can be added to a community’s roster of self-sustaining features.
To learn more about the town of Feldheim and the history of its renewable energy development, this Spiegel article provides more insight. For a video describing the town’s history, visit this ABC’s The Business page.