Distribution grid study on behalf of the BMWi

The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) has mandated E-Bridge Consulting in conjunction with the Chair and Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics (IAEW) at the Technical University of Aachen and the Institute for Information Technology, Oldenburg, (OFFIS) to carry out the study “Modern Distribution Systems for Germany”.

The objective of this study is to quantify the need for modernisation and expansion of the German electricity distribution grids in the context of the turnaround in the energy policy up to 2017, 2022 and 2032 and to evaluate the potential of intelligent system technologies.

The costs and benefits of conventional modernisation and expansion techniques are to be compared with those of modernisation and expansion techniques using intelligent system technologies. The focus of the study here is on the evaluation of “network ICT”.

Starting from a scenario analysis, the study is to elaborate recommendations as to what technical configuration is to be aimed for in the distribution systems up to 2017, 2022 and 2032 on the basis of cost/benefit considerations, and what legal framework conditions are necessary to allow efficient establishment and utilisation of this new infrastructure and to promote innovative and cost-efficient solutions.

The study is linked in particular to the tasks of the “Smart Grid and Meter” working group of the network platform.

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