We identify model users in industry, commerce and large residential areas who can flexibly adjust their energy demand to the intermittent feed-in from wind and solar power stations. New flexibility options are also offered by energy integration applications (power, heat, cold, mobility) and in regional power plants, where producers and consumers are closely integrated. We test the use of these flexibility options in order to reduce grid congestion and to optimally exploit the available green power output.
About one third of the German electricity mix is already generated from renewable sources, a noticeable success of the past few years. During the ‘second stage’ of the energy transition, the focus now lies on the smart system integration of green power: how can the balance between energy supply and demand be maintained despite the intermittent generation of renewables? WindNODE shows solutions at three system levels: firstly with components for an efficient power grid infrastructure, secondly through information and communications technology, and thirdly with approaches for an ‘energy market 2.0’, developing new rules, market roles and business models.
WindNODE seeks to guarantee a secure, affordable and comfortable electricity supply, even when the share of renewables is very high. A ‘smart energy system’ nevertheless offers more opportunities than merely fulfilling the supply task: energy innovations, which we successfully demonstrate in our pilot region, are followed with interest on an international scale. They also strengthen our position on the technology map and secure jobs. At the same time, WindNODE is committed to the development of standards that can also shape the future of the energy sector on an international scale.
WindNODE is a pilot project to get involved with and participate, in which we seek to share our passion for ‘energy and transition’. More than 20 visitor sites invite people to experience our smart energy system solutions during demonstrations and in showrooms. Additionally, we offer professionals as well as interested citizens various possibilities to actively participate in our activities and stay informed of our findings.