We are already planning and designing the grid of the future today. The rapid implementation of the energy transition, optimum services for our customers, reliable safeguarding of economic strength and quality of life – we have a complex range of tasks. That is why, for us, continuous innovation is a self-evident part of our everyday work in the energy sector. Planning and developing new processes and products, implementing forward-looking technologies, conducting many varied pilot and model projects – that is what keeps our enterprise moving, what we focus on in our strategic, research, development and, of course, on-site activities. So that we can connect the grid and the markets even more successfully.
dena - Study integrated energy transition
The Integrated Energy Transition Study presented by the German Energy Agency (dena) investigates the influence of the electricity, buildings, transport and industry sectors and their mutual interactions and dependencies in order to derive an overall strategy across all sectors. Scientific reviewers, companies and business associations from all sectors relevant to the energy transition work together to identify ways of transforming the energy system.
The study is divided into four modules: Energy Generation and Distribution, Buildings, Industry and Mobility. The modules are accompanied and co-designed by industry partners from the respective sectors. This guarantees a detailed technical analysis with a high degree of practical relevance and makes it possible to identify meaningful solutions for effectively bringing together the various sectors.
Our CEO Dr Werner Götz underlines the benefits of the dena study, saying: "Today we are laying the groundwork for the success of the energy transition. The study helps to raise our awareness of the future demands of the energy system, such as ongoing electrification."
As a transmission system operator, we are thinking about the future infrastructure of energy transmission while also attaching great importance to system security and economic efficiency. We seek to effectively link local and regional optimization with supraregional compensation and international trade.
SMART SYSTEM: We make the grid intelligent
“50-80-90” – those are the ideal dimensions for the energy transition in Baden-Württemberg. Energy consumption is to be reduced by 50 percent by 2050 and 80 percent of demand is to be covered by renewable energies. CO2 emissions are to be reduced by 90 percent compared to 1990. The world of energy is changing at a dizzying pace. The number of renewable energy generating plants is constantly increasing. With biomass, wind parks and photovoltaic systems, the proportion of energy produced by conventional power stations is falling, while generation is becoming decentralised and the feed-in volumes remain volatile. In sun-blessed Baden-Württemberg, a total of some 300,000 decentralised photovoltaic systems now feed into the grid, but only when the sun is shining. At the same time, consumer behaviour is becoming more complex due, for example, to e-mobility and new storage solutions.
Metaphorically speaking, we can say that the one-way electricity street of the past has become a closely intermeshed network of multi-lane electricity highways with high-density traffic travelling in all directions and involving road users with all types of different mobility.
And this changes the tasks we have to perform as transmission grid operators. As the number of actors in the market and the number of systems connected to the grid grow, so too does the need to implement a wide range of high-quality control processes. Along with the need for us to be fully aware of our market-related tasks. What we need is a versatile network. That is why we are not just expanding our grid; we are also making it intelligent. SMART SYSTEM is our solution for the energy control of the future.