In the “WindNODE” project, among others, 50Hertz works closely with producers, DSOs, industry, IT and science, in order to create an intelligent energy system for the future.
— Dirk Biermann: WindNODE shows very impressively how seriously we take our dialogue and how intensively we are engaging in it. With over 70 partners, we develop new decentralised and sustainable solutions for the energy transition. The aim is to efficiently integrate large quantities of renewable energies into the energy system and at the same time to keep the power grids stable. WindNODE uses the possibilities presented by digitisation to make the energy system intelligent, and to allow a multitude of different, intelligently networked partners to act within a distributed system. This is about specific, real applications that we develop up to field testing. We present them as transferable models into a big “showcase”*, supported financially by the German Ministry of Economy, in order to make the energy transition something that can be understood and experienced and in order to drive the required innovation.
In a sub-project of WindNODE, 50Hertz investigates how small-scale flexibility can be integrated both on the producer side and on the consumer side in the new energy system. Together with our project partners, we developed a flexibility platform on which these decentralised flexibilities could be recorded and efficiently integrated into grid congestion management processes.
What kind of flexibility are you talking about?
— Dirk Biermann: The share of renewable energies will rise dramatically. We estimate that we will have a good 1.6 million small installations feeding into the power grid. How can we ensure power supply with these distributed producers as well as we previously did with hundreds of large power plants? This is one of the questions we are asking ourselves. The boundaries between energy producers and consumers are becoming increasingly blurred. The electricity customer with a photovoltaic system on the roof, a battery storage unit in the cellar, an intelligent energy management system in the house and an electric car outside the door will soon be the norm. This customer will be as flexible as never before.
What does that mean?
— Dirk Biermann: Many very small, very complex players have to be integrated into the grid infrastructure and optimally coordinated via the electricity market. Digitisation will help us in doing so and we will see that the new world of energy will work at least as well as the old one and will not lead to any comfort losses.