Digitalization is Opening up New Opportunities

EM-Power Europe Exhibition Newspaper Issue 01 2020

Last year, Germany lost a record amount of almost 6.5 billion kWh of electricity that could have been generated from renewable sources of energy by plants whose activities had to be capped to avoid overloading the power grid. The total cost for the grid and system safety precautions amounted to 1.2 billion euros.

The share of volatile electricity continues to grow due to the new deployment of photovoltaic installations and wind power sites. How renewable energies can be better integrated into our distribution grids is therefore one of the most important questions of the energy transition. Many solutions are based on intelligently connecting the energy infrastructure. Smart grids enable communication between decentralized energy sources, storage systems and prosumers. By balancing out the supply and demand, they help to utilize power grids to their full capacity.

Digitalization of the energy supply is therefore a major growth market. According to figures from the International Energy Agency, the global investments in smart meters alone – the centerpiece of a smart grid – have almost doubled, increasing from 11 billion US dollars in 2014 to 21 billion US dollars last year. Alongside the urgent need to make a success of the energy transition, digitalization also brings new prospects and areas of business for the energy industry. In the Stadtwerkestudie 2020, a study of municipal utilities, over 79% of the surveyed municipal utilities named digitalization as the main factor driving the maximization of their potential for efficiency and growth.

According to the study published by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) together with Ernst & Young, the utility companies ranked smart metering (81%) and cybersecurity (75%) as particularly relevant digital technologies. As the international exhibition for energy management and integrated energy solutions, EM-Power Europe plays an important role in this dynamic market and now boasts an expanded portfolio. Smart grids and the integration of renewable energies, grid infrastructure and system services are now also part of the picture. Decentralized and renewable energy supply, smart building automation, energy management systems within microgrids, districts and buildings as well as commercial and industrial energy services remain an important part of the exhibition. As part of The smarter E, EM-Power Europe has established itself as the interface between a sustainable energy supply and the efficient distribution and use of electricity and heat.

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Speaker

Dr. Vetter (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE)

Head of Department PV Off-Grid Solutions and Battery System Technology, Division Electrical Energy Systems EES

Germany

- Electrical Engineer, 16 years of experience at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. <br /> <br />- PhD thesis in the field of modeling and development of control strategies for fuel cell systems at University of Karlsruhe. <br /> <br />- Until 2005 project manager in the field of modeling, simulation and development of control strategies for distributed power generation systems at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. <br /> <br />- Until 2010 head of group “off-grid power supply” at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. <br /> <br />- Since 2011 head of department “PV off-grid solutions and battery system technology” at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. Work topics among others: Autonomous systems and mini-grids, decentralized grid connected PV battery systems, development of battery systems for stationary and automotive applications. Development and optimization of battery management systems, energy management systems as well as supervisory control strategies. <br /> <br />- Contact person for battery systems at Fraunhofer Battery Alliance.

Speaker

Dr. Selj (IFE - Institute for Energy Technology)

Head, PV Performance and reliability group

Norway

Josefine Helene Selj is the head of the PV performance and reliability group at IFE. Her main research interests are monitoring and performance analysis of PV systems, particularly floating PV and PV in cold climates. She holds a position as associate professor at the Institute for Technology Systems at the University of Oslo and is on the board of the Norwegian Solar Energy Cluster. The PV performance and reliability group at IFE has a particular focus on data driven performance analysis and works with data from utility scale PV plants in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America

Speaker

Richter (3E sa)

Head of Innovation - Product Manager

Belgium

Mauricio Richter is the head of the innovation department and the product manager of solar and wind data analytics at 3E. Mauricio works at 3E’s R&D team as photovoltaic expert since 2011. The scope of his work covers the technical management of 3E’s R&D department, product management of 3E’s solar and wind data analytics solutions and the delivery of research projects ensuring the scientific quality of work of 3E’s product and consultancy teams.