Interwined with Science
In the reporting year 2017, approximately EUR 3 million were used for research and development projects. Additionally, 50Hertz received EUR 0.25 million, which was provided in public, non-refundable subsidies.
We share our experiences from practice with science on a regular basis. Considering that 50Hertz has founded a Scientific Advisory Board. The voluntary board currently consists of 16 professors from the fields of energy technology, business, law and policy. The Advisory Board meets once or twice a year to discuss and evaluate current topics of relevance to 50Hertz and future questions. Main aspects of cooperation are the initiation and conduct of joint research and development projects as well as studies and supervision of dissertations, bachelor’s and master’s theses. In the future, sustainability issues should become more important in this scientific dialogue.
For many years, 50Hertz has been cooperating with universities in the north and east of Germany. These scientific partners include, among others, the Technical University of Dresden, the Technical University of Ilmenau, the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg, the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus and the Technical University of Berlin. Together with the scientists and students, 50Hertz examined the voltage quality of high voltage grids, for example, the operation of alternating current and direct current on a shared mast, the determination of critical conditions in the 50Hertz grid or the implications of the energy transition for business, politics and society. In addition, we regularly bring practice-oriented presentations, lectures and workshops into studies and everyday scientific life at the universities and research facilities.