German electric utility company E.ON has announced that it will be testing its ‘Energy of the Future’ concept in the district of Steinburg in Germany this 2020.
E.ON is partnering with subsidiary Schleswig-Holstein Netz, utility Stadtwerke Kiel AG and transmission system operator TenneT as part of research project ENSURE – Neue EnergieNetzStruktURen für die Energiewende (new energy network structures for the energy transition).
Leveraging funding from the Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the project researches on how to develop and optimise the efficiency of next-generation energy networks to enable the energy transition.
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The aim of the project is to clarify how centralised and distributed energy supply elements must be designed as part of an overall system leveraging information and communication technologies.
The pilot will be implemented on an area of around 85 square kilometers with well-developed renewable energy technologies, gas and heat networks.
The test site will have both rural and urban structures. The results of the study will be explored in other areas in Germany.