RWE receives gold at German Innovation Awards


The German Design Council has honored RWE Supply & Trading for its holistic Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) battery system.

RWE has received a gold medal at the German Innovation Awards in the “Excellence in Business to Business” category which fell under the “Energy Solutions” section.

The UPS battery system, Master+, enables data centers to participate in the energy market by providing grid services.

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The solution allows data centers to become utility partners and to play a critical role in the energy transition.

RWE has already received the German Data Centre in 2018 and the eco://award in 2019 for the UPS battery system.

“Decentralised power storage systems have an important role to play on the road to the energy transition. With Master+, a holistic UPS battery system, the additional capacity of the UPS battery is used for network services, from which the respective operator benefits. A system as clever as it is innovative, which is so good, precisely because it simply makes sense,” was the jury’s verdict.

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Hans-Günter Schwarz from RWE Supply & Trading, said: “Our system benefits both customers and the energy transition. For data centers, investment costs are reduced and at the same time the UPS battery helps to balance grid fluctuations.”

With the German Innovation Award, the German Design Council honors trend-setting innovations that have a lasting effect and offer added value for the user. 

There were a total of 700 entries, from industry giants as well as smaller companies and start-ups.

The German Design Council was founded in 1953 by the German Bundestag and is funded by the Federation of German Industries to promote the competitiveness of German companies.