Further international activities

E-Energy in Germany and the 7th framework programme of the EU with the call "ENERGY.2009.7.3.5. Novel ICT solutions for smart electricity distribution networks"

The deep penetration of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the distribution level is seen worldwide as the main pre-requisite to make the Smart Grid Vision true. Germany is leading the way with six E- Energy – projects funded since 2009 by the federal ministry of economy and the federal ministry for environmental protection and reactor security (www.e-energy.de ).
The European Commission sponsors prospective projects inside their framework programmes with hundred of millions Euro every year. In these, the energy supply of the future is crucial.

The call of the 7th framework programme "Energy.2009.7.5.3. –Novel ICT solutions for smart electricity distribution networks" was published in December 2008.

In Smart Electricity Distribution Networks, the realization of concepts dealing with customer integration, effective demand side management and active networks requires the development of a flexible ICT infrastructure. Existing solutions have not yet reached the necessary performance and cost requirements. Further research is needed in this area to arrive at ICT infrastructure for management of the electricity distribution that are scalable, low cost, open and provide self- healing capabilities.

A large number of international consortia responded to the call by March 2009. The 6 projects shown in Figure 4 were selected by an independent expert council.

Projects of the European Call Energy.2009.7.3.5.


Two projects are allocated in Germany and Spain, one project in the Netherlands and one in the United Kingdom. 58 companies and institutions from 16 European and associated countries are involved in the projects.

The Highlights of our project Web2Energy are:

  • All three pillars of smart distribution are covered.
  • The consortium consists of experienced enterprises with a clear focus on the tasks. Any education during the project is avoided.
  • All communications are based on the prospective standard IEC 61850, the findings of the project go immediately into the standardization bodies.
  • For the first time in the distribution level a coupling of the data management according to IEC 61968 and the communication standard IEC 61850 will be performed.
  • The lighthouse project is built on real experience.

The consortium looks forward to meeting the self-set goals with verve and enthusiasm.


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