Digital Energy Supply - Ready for the Trends of the Future?


The expansion of decentralized energy generation plants - which is urgently needed from climate protection - requires the coordination of consumers and generators to use flexibility options to stabilize the power grid. The integration of controllable consumers poses great challenges to all parties involved. The current regulation on Redispatch 2.0 creates a first basis and is currently implemented for plants up to 100 kW installed capacity. 

The event will highlight perspectives of grid operations, plant deployment managers and opportunities arising from the use of digital metering infrastructure and control options through smart meter gateways. Further thought will be given to questions such as forecasts of plant and system behaviour and automated control of plant portfolios of smaller power classes based on artificial intelligence. We would like to present approaches to this and obtain your feedback in a discussion.


Wednesday 23. Jun 2021 | 10:00 – 12:00 | E-world Community Free of charge

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Reinhard Mackensen, Fraunhofer IEE, stellvertretender Institutsleiter
10:00 Welcome & Introduction to Fraunhofer CINES
Reinhard Mackensen, Fraunhofer IEE, stellvertretender Institutsleiter
10:10 Challenges of digitalization in grid operation - Redispatch 2.0 as a first step
Sebastian Wende-von Berg, Fraunhofer IEE, Gruppenleiter IT-Systeme Netzbetrieb
10:25 Fit for new processes - Redispatch 2.0 & Co from the perspective of those responsible for deployment
Oliver Warweg, Fraunhofer IOSB-AST, Gruppenleiter Energieinformatik

The integration of controllable consumers and generators represents a major challenge for market participants. The current Redispatch 2.0 regulation provides an initial basis and is currently being implemented for plants with an installed capacity of up to 100 kW. What are the current solutions and what future challenges will arise for those responsible for deployment? Here, the consideration takes place from the perspective of energy logistics in a liberalized energy market, the integration of cross-sectoral technologies on the end consumer level as well as an increase in the degree of automation to reduce operating costs.

10:40 Flexibilization of Energy Supply with the Smart Meter Gateway Infrastructure
Robert Kohrs, Fraunhofer ISE, Abteilungsleiter Smart Grids

The progressive expansion of decentralized energy generation plants and the ramp-up of electromobility increasingly require the coordination of consumers and generators to use existing flexibility options to stabilize the power grid. This can only succeed if players and plants are securely networked with each other. The central element here is the Smart Meter Gateway (SMGW).
In addition to recording consumption and grid status data, the SMGW, in interaction with connected control units, offers the possibility of controlling local generators and loads via a secure communication channel. The SMGW infrastructure is continuously being developed for new energy industry applications and will also be used for Redispatch 2.0 measures in the future.

10:55 Break
11:00 Forecasts for the energy industry
Jan Dobschinski, Fraunhofer IEE, Abteilungsleiter Energiemeteorologie und Geoinformationssysteme
Stefan Klaiber, Fraunhofer IOSB-AST, Gruppenleiter Cross-sektorale Energiesysteme

Classical forecasts are increasingly reaching their limits in the course of the digitalization of the energy system. Forecasting systems must be able to produce accurate forecasts even with an increasingly small-scale view of the energy supply and integrated controllable consumers and generators in order to be able to optimally coordinate energy generation and consumption. What challenges will forecasting systems have to master in the future and what opportunities do artificial intelligence methods offer?

11:20 Digital Trends in the Energy Industry

Discussion with all speakers, moderated by Reinhard Mackensen, Deputy Director, Fraunhofer IEE

We will be happy to include your questions from the event chat in the discussion!

12:00 End of the event

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