WindNODE - experimentation spaces for our energy future
German digitalises the energy revolution
In its large-scale project to promote digitalisation, launched in 2015, the German government focused on the energy industry: the programme's name is "Innovative digitalisation of the German economy". The "Smart energy showcase – digital agenda for the energy revolution" (SINTEG projects, for short) researches how a renewables-based energy supply can be created in five model regions.
WindNODE is the project in one of the model regions and it covers north-east Germany, i.e. the operating area of transmission grid operator 50Hertz Transmission GmbH. In balance sheet terms, around 49 per cent of consumption already comes from renewable sources in this region. Working with over 50 partners from science and industry in this large-scale real-life laboratory, we are testing how energy from renewable sources can be incorporated efficiently into the system as a whole - taking consumer protection and data security standards into account. Furthermore, there is an intention to clarify questions about the design of the market going forward and test technical solutions.
Stromnetz Berlin is represented with six future-oriented projects and it sits on the WindNODE steering group. We are also coordinating the "Networked end customers, new products and services" work package.
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Mobility 2 Grid research campus
We are smartly combining transport, energy and the city
Working with partners from science and industry, on the EUREF Campus in Berlin-Schöneberg we are showing how the energy and transport revolution can be designed for people in urban areas. This includes developing and structuring a smartly-managed electricity grid. The project's aim is to research the sustainable and efficient interaction of renewable energy generation with electric thermal storage heaters, heat accumulators, electric vehicles and the supply of heat, refrigeration and electricity to buildings.
The Mobility 2 Grid project is based on the "Research campus - public-private partnership for innovation" funding initiative which the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched in August 2011. As part of the German government's high-tech strategy, this initiative will support large-scale and long-term approaches to local cooperation between science and industry.
We are associated partners of the Mobility 2 Grid research campus.
You can find more information on the Mobility 2 Grid website.
OptNetzE research project
At the centre of the OptNetzE funding project is the development of cross-grid communication to provide flexibility supporting the grid or the system. We have got involved in research as a partner with information from practical experience.
Distribution networks play a particular role in the integration of renewable energies and will meet several new customer requirements in the future. Many distribution networks are already receiving much of their feed from renewable generation assets, sometimes exceeding the local consumption load several times over. Even in the short term, additional requirements are emerging, for example the market launch of electromobility. Against a background of these developments, distribution network operators' responsibilities continue to increase. The energy revolution requires intensive cooperation between transmission and distribution grid operators and places new demands in relation to information exchange, digitalisation and smart grid solutions.
The OptNetzE project - optimisation of the integrated operation of transmission and distribution networks with increasingly fluctuating generation [Erzeugung] and flexible loads - is based on the "Future-proof electricity grids" funding initiative by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).