With intelligent power grids and efficient energy storage solutions, innogy is not only safeguarding our future supply but also contributing to Germany's energy transition.
Our grid will be able to meet the challenges of the future with more flexibility and more intelligence.
The smart grid
Further research projects in the grid environment
Increasing integration of renewables presents big problems for grid operators, so various approaches and concepts are being researched all over Europe and tested in pilot projects. The IgreenGrid project (2013-2015) pooled these concepts in order to find the best possible solution based on consistent assessment of all the options. innogy took part in this project along with eleven other contributing partners, including eight distributions system operators.
The project was supported by the European Commission.
Grid operators will have to respond to the new challenges facing distribution systems, with more and more decentralised generators wanting to feed power into the grid.
The aim of the DISCERN project (Distributed Intelligence for Cost-Effective and Reliable Distribution Network Operation) was to give grid operators answers to complex questions. Amongst other things, it was about how much intelligence is required within the distribution system to maintain security of supply. With innogy leading the consortium of project partners, five pilot projects were implemented European-wide from 2013-2016 in close cooperation with all ten project partners.
This project was supported by the European Development Programme (FP7).
The EU project EvolvDSO (Evolve roles of distribution system operators) aims to help distribution system operators adjust to the energy system of the future. innogy is using this opportunity to contribute some of its own ideas and also learn from the 15 project partners. For instance, we are developing methods and tools to maintain and improve the reliability and security of our distribution systems. Software solutions are one way of addressing the need for more targeted management of decentralised generators. This project ends in December 2016.
The project is being supported by the European Commission.
The aim of the DRIP project (Demand Response in Industrial Production) was to link the potential of the industry for flexibility to the supply and demand of the electricity system. When a flexible approach is taken to the timing of power-hungry applications, production processes can be scheduled during periods of high volumes of renewable power. Working with the other project partners, innogy installed pilot systems in industrial plants to test the solutions under real conditions.
This project was supported by the European Commission.
The increasing numbers of electric vehicles and constant rise in decentralised renewable generators present huge challenges for European grid operators, for a secure, reliable energy supply must be maintained in any event.
The aim of PlanGridEV was to develop new methods and tools for operators to use for grid planning purposes, which would take into account both the expansion of e-mobility and the growing proportion of renewables within the grid.
The project was supported by the European Development Programme (FP7).
innogy supported the European project ADVANCED (Active Demand Value andConsumers Experience Discovery) with expertise and innovative ideas. “Active Demand” means active participation in the market on the demand side. For instance, if the electricity price is more affordable during the midday period when increased power is being fed into the grid from photovoltaic plants, customers can actively participate in the electricity market by switching on household appliances like washing machines during the midday period.
This project was supported by the European Commission.
Based on existing projects of various partners, current customer behaviour was analysed and existing social and economic drivers or barriers identified. A comparison of the various technical solutions used by participating partners to integrate the “Active Demand” concept revealed the best tried-and-tested solution. Then framework conditions were developed to simplify the use of “Active Demand” on a European-wide basis.
How would the electricity grid of the future be planned and expanded if business management considerations were taken into account? To find answers to this question, innogy worked with four partners on the IO.Netz project (Integrated Optimisation of Grid Development and Transition to New Electricity Grid Structures). The aim of this now completed project was to develop planning methods and tools to generate ideas for new infrastructure development, changes and alternatives that are as practicable as possible.
The project was supported by the German Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
With the project PV Grid, 21 partners from 16 European countries wanted to determine the legal, normative and administrative barriers to integrating photovoltaics within European distribution systems.
The “PV Grid Roadmap” resulting from the project, which ended in 2014, was designed to show political decision-makers and other key players how the integration of photovoltaics is currently progressing in their country and what measures for improvement need to be taken.
The project was supported under the “Intelligent Energy Europe” programme.
Smart Regulation Station
To monitor the amount of pressure within the natural gas pipeline network, innogy chooses to use renewable power.Our experts working on the “Smart Regulation Station” project in the Czech Republicoperate the gas monitoring and regulation system completely independently of the electricity grid, using power they generate themselves from solar panels and wind turbines in combination with a battery storage device. This allows the station to keep working in the event of any power cut.
Natural Gas Overflow
With the “Natural Gas Overflow” project, innogy is contributing to the achievement of EU emission targets and reducing methane emissions in the Czech Republic. When erecting and maintaining high-pressure pipelines for natural gas transportation, gas leaks are always possible. Using a truck fitted with a special mobile gas compressor prevents gas leakage of up to 10,000 cubic metres per maintenance session. This has the dual effect of reducing emissions and saving money.