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Grid infrastructure and storage technologies
The energy transition also presents major challenges for our electricity grids. Increasing demands are being placed on distribution grids due to the large number of photovoltaic plants and the wind farms being built. This is particularly the case in rural regions where at times more electricity is being produced than is consumed (Security of Supply).
Electricity grids must be in a position to accept electricity as necessary despite increasing levels of weather-dependent feed-in to the grid from renewable energy sources and to make electricity available. If we are to achieve this goal, we need to use new technologies to create ‘smart’ balancing mechanisms. The district of Bitburg-Prüm in the Eifel hills was selected as a model region and we have been trialling the Smart Country project there since 2011 to test the interaction between different components such as renewable and conventional generation of electricity, energy storage and grid operation in a smart grid. We are testing newly developed voltage regulators for protecting against voltage fluctuations, recording and communicating real-time production and consumption data, and using a biogas storage unit to compensate for peaks in supply and demand. In May 2012, the project received the Smart Energy Award 2012 from the Hessian State Government.
- Smart Operator project
- Electricity conductors from the next generation
- New energy storage