Energy Politics

Political support is critical for Germany’s potential electricity grid

This is the result of a smart grid, distributed electricity resources, and demand response policy that addressed the core principles of Germany’s potential energy. Approximately 46 organizations included in the DESIGNETZ program, including governments, technology firms, academia, government and customer leaders, investors, and developers of green energy systems.

The initiative, which began in 2017, was implemented in the North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, as well as Saarland regions to prepare Germany for potential energy business models. As per E.ON, a German utility and team participant, the project has demonstrated that: “The energy infrastructure of the future will only become a possibility if it is embraced by a strong base within society: The energy transformation must be facilitated by politics and applied in collaboration with businesses and citizens.” The study discovered that intelligent grid infrastructure extension and modernization, as well as optimum reliability exploitation, was critical to the sustainable implementation of a potential electricity system dependent solely on renewable generation.

According to the report, the decentralized device function of distribution grid providers is also a crucial feature of the power of the future in Germany. Grid operators will reduce grid deployment expenses, implement innovative market cases, and decarbonize activities while optimizing consumer experience by decentralizing their operations and networks. However, enacting regulations that encourage creativity and implementing innovative digital technologies is critical to ensuring that distribution grid operators will decentralize their operations.

To render grid-serving flexibility commercially feasible, the study highlights the need to encourage involvement from various stakeholders, including private and public sectors, as well as foreign investors. Furthermore, the study discovered that the German energy transformation is theoretically feasible. An intelligent grid is the foundation of the energy of the future structure. Real-time balancing of energy production and use is critical for the energy transition.

“With the effective accomplishment of DESIGNETZ, we have built a model for the energy grid of tomorrow,” said Thomas König, head of E.ON’s network market. The technological strategies for a sustainable decentralized energy system are in progress, as DESIGNETZ has shown. We now need an even stronger political breeze. Future-proof policy can, above all, encourage investment and creativity in grid technology, allowing grid operators to take advantage of all grid stabilization stability options in the future.”

DESIGNETZ was implemented in stages, with the final stage integrating a variety of distributed energy infrastructure, such as onsite solar generators as well as energy storage plants, into a common network. System Cockpit was created to allow bidirectional communication between DERs as well as a central data processing network. This enabled an energy storage device, for example, to communicate how much energy it might store or feed into the grid. Simultaneously, the System Cockpit assessed the stability provided, categorizing it in terms of weather variations, reaction times, and technical faults.

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Andrzej Kowalski