German consortium implements "E-Energy market" project

Nov 11, 2008 01:00 AM

A consortium consisting of RWE Energy, Siemens Energy, ef. Ruhr (Association of the Energy Technology Faculties of the Universities of Duisburg/Essen, Bochum and Dortmund), Miele, SWK (Krefeld Group of Municipal Utilities) and ProSyst has begun practical implementation of their joint project for the "Development and demonstration of decentralized networked energy systems for the E-Energy marketplace of the future" (E-DeMa).
The project is focused on developing and implementing integrated concepts to harness and exploit the optimization potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in decentralized electricity markets.

The project's goal is to establish a marketplace for commercial and private electricity customers. In the course of this project, these electricity customers will be linked via communications technologies to an open electronic marketplace, and will thus be connected to energy traders, distribution network operators and other active players within model regions.
This will result in new product offerings and services as private and commercial electricity customers play a more active role in the market, and utilities develop expanded business models. Modern, reliable management of power distribution networks, in-house applications as well as the acquisition and provision of consumption data are all part of the scope of the project.

The goal is to combine power technology with information and communication technology to create an "energy information hub." The pilot projects will be implemented in the distribution network areas of RWE Rhein-Ruhr AG and SWK Energie.
"The project will allow us to meet the increasing demands on distribution networks due to the growing number of decentralized feed-in points, and to counter political pressure to find incentive systems for reducing energy consumption. This includes concrete measures for improving power system management and concepts for new services and new product offerings for domestic and commercial customers," stated Dr Joachim Schneider, a member of the Board of Directors of RWE Energy.

The German government's E-Energy funding program is developing and testing new approaches for optimizing the power supply through the use of modern Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in six model regions.
In the programme, initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Technology (B MWi), research and development activities have been funded with a total of about EUR 60 mm ($ 77 mm) in interdepartmental partnership with the Federal Ministry for Environment, Conservation and Reactor Safety (BMU). This mobilizes a total volume of about EUR 140 mm.

E-Energy is intended to harness the optimization potential of ICT to achieve greater cost-efficiency, supply reliability and climate and environmental compatibility in the area of power supply.
In this way, E-Energy will ensure substantial growth and employment potential in Germany as an industrial base.

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