Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS

Fraunhofer FOKUS, located in Berlin, explores and develops communication and information technologies. Central to our research activities are the research and development of IT infrastructure and networks for communication across different domains and organisations. With over 20 years of experience, Fraunhofer FOKUS is an important IT research partner for the telecommunications, automobile and media industry as well as for public administration. At the scientific level, Fraunhofer FOKUS is considered a renowned cooperation partner within the research programmes of the European Commission as well as national sponsors.

Short description of the project contribution

Supporting the digitisation of the energy system

Today, electricity is no longer generated exclusively by large power plants. As a result of the many small renewable energy generating units, the energy system and its infrastructure, business models and roles grow ever more diversified and decentralised. The digitisation therefore needs to be all-encompassing and enable smart and secure networking to guarantee the secure flow of the numerous data that is the basis for further analysis to answer technical, operational, economic as well as social and political questions. Open data are also a building block, as are standards to control energy installations, enabling the optimal economic use of the numerous decentralised shifting potentials during energy generation and consumption.

Fraunhofer FOKUS supports the digitisation of the energy system by developing basic ICT services that enable the communication between the players as well as secure data exchange and mutual use of services. A data and service market should be created to this end. Interested and authorised parties can access data and services via the portal as well as standardised APIs. To ensure that basic services and their interaction comply with the law and are protected against attacks, a standard-based security concept is also developed.

At the same time, the Open Data Portal is adapted to the latest developments with the aid of Stromnetz Berlin GmbH to enable the publication of as many relevant data as possible with as detailed information as possible. This is further enabled by means of an ‘anonymiser’ (first version by mid-2018), which makes sensitive data anonymous so that it can be made available to the public. In order to make better use of the decentralised flexibility of the market, a corresponding expansion proposal for the industry standard VHPready will be developed by the end of 2018 in cooperation with energy2market GmbH and the VHPready e.V. industry forum. A first scenario for demonstrating flexibility is planned for 2018.


1: ICT networking platform

  • 1.1: Basic services for networking within the digitised energy system
  • 1.3: Open Data Portal

4: Connected end consumer

  • 4.1: Orchestration of flexibility on the market and as a new service

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