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The wireless grid control system e*Nergy, developed in collaboration with Stromnetz Berlin, received an award.
e*Message Wireless Information Services Deutschland GmbH has been awarded the Berlin Brandenburg Innovation Prize. The Berlin mobile network operator accepted the prize for e*Nergy, an innovative control solution, yesterday evening at a gala event in the Max-Delbrück Communication Center (MDC.C) on the Berlin-Buch campus. The capital region's coveted prize has been jointly awarded by the Berlin Senate Administration for Economy, Technology and Research and the Brandenburg Ministry of Economic and European Affairs since 1992.
In order to ensure the stability of the electric grid, energy suppliers must remotely control decentralised systems for energy consumption and energy generation, and the e*Nergy machine-to-machine (M2M) solution was developed with this purpose in mind. It ensures reliable and efficient remote control, and is based on Europe's largest safety wireless network, maintained by e*Message itself; a satellite-based radio network that is independent of public networks and has around 800 broadcasting stations throughout Germany.
The Innovation Prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding forward-looking ideas, solutions and projects. Dr Dietmar Gollnick, CEO of e*Message, expressed his delight at winning the prize, saying: "Receiving this award has made us very proud, and has strengthened our resolve to continue working on the energy sector's infrastructure of the future. Our e*Nergy M2M solution ensures that control signals are transmitted securely, and therefore occupies a central role in energy management."
As Germany's leading Distribution System Operator, Stromnetz Berlin GmbH is using the new paging network technology within a grid control context. Dr Helmar Rendez, Chairman of the company's Management Board, is also excited about the award: "Electricity grids have to deal with increasingly complex technical requirements as a result of the energy transition, and that's why we are always researching intelligent grid control solutions. We are extremely proud of this award because it is a testament to the innovative strength of our collaboration with our Berlin-based partner e*Message."
With a device known as StromPager, Stromnetz Berlin is using pager technology - a tried and tested system which has long been used by the emergency services and others - for (remotely) controlling customer systems from the grid control centre; the first application of its kind. This technology made its premiere in September this year, when the Berlin-Britz substation was inaugurated. The service will be rolled out to the entire city region in 2015. In future, StromPager is expected to control some 30,000 load systems such as heat pumps or electric storage heaters as well as electricity generators, e.g. photovoltaic systems, in Berlin.
By using wireless ripple control technology, Stromnetz Berlin has found an alternative to the audio frequency ripple control technology that has been used up to this point. The new system has several advantages, namely its reliability, comprehensive grid coverage and low maintenance and operation costs.
You can find more information on the Berlin Brandenburg Innovation Prize as well as short video clips from all award winners at www.innovationspreis.de. The prize is awarded every year to recognise outstanding forward-looking ideas, solutions and projects. This year, the jury selected the most innovative ideas from a total of 122 submissions.
About e*Message Wireless Information Services Deutschland GmbH
e*Message Wireless Information Services GmbH (e*Message Europe) operates Europe's largest safety wireless network. As one of the four mobile wireless network operators in the German market, e*Message maintains a satellite-based radio network that is independent of public networks and has around 800 broadcasting stations throughout Germany. e*Message offers specialised messaging services covering the key topics of safety, mobile organisation solutions and integrated solutions. This allows individuals and groups of people (e.g. doctors, authorities, the fire service, snow and ice control, service staff) to receive reliable, timely and accurate notifications, warnings and alerts by means of digital terminal devices. Founded in December 1999, e*Message took over Deutsche Telekom's and France Télécom's paging activities in 2000 and has continued to develop them further. The consortium has operation centres in Berlin and Paris.