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The virtual energy market and intelligent electricity meters

Two research projects are testing the electricity market of the future

The phasing out of nuclear power and the growing contribution of renewable energies will accelerate the structural transformation of electricity supplies in Germany. In future, the electricity generation will be more decentralised, information on the production and demand will be continually exchanged, and there will be more flexible load- and supply-dependent tariff. Two recently published BINE-Projektinfo brochures present research projects within this context.

Virtual energy market

How can electricity grids of the future absorb large volumes of electricity from decentralised plants as well as from wind turbines and photovoltaic installations with daily and seasonal fluctuations? In the "Mannheim Model City" project, a newly developed virtual energy marketplace for energy generators, consumers and grid operators is being tested. The project is presented in the BINE Projektinfo brochure "The electricity grid as a marketplace" (06/2011). In the project, customers can not only recognise the origin and price of their electricity but also influence the point in time and extent of their consumption. Selected customers are currently taking part in the experiment.

Electronic electricity meters are becoming all-rounders

The tried and tested electricity meters with rotary wheels are now being phased out. They are being replaced with new intelligent meters (smart meters), which not only enable a continuous exchange of information between the production and demand but also support modern load management. The devices also transmit the consumption values for the electricity bills. The BINE Projektinfo brochure "Interactive electricity grids" (07/2011) presents a research project in which a technology and communication standard for meters has been developed on behalf of large-scale customers that enables modular, manufacturer-independent expansions.

Press contact Uwe Milles presse(at)bine.info

About BINE Information Service

Energy research for practical applications The BINE Information Service reports on energy research topics, such as new materials, systems and components, as well as innovative concepts and methods. The knowledge gained is incorporated into the implementation of new technologies in practice, because first-rate information provides a basis for pioneering decisions, whether in the planning of energy-optimised buildings, increasing the efficiency of industrial processes, or integrating renewable energy sources into existing systems.

About FIZ Karlsruhe

FIZ Karlsruhe - Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure is a not-for-profit organization with the public mission to make sci-tech information from all over the world publicly available and to provide related services in order to support the national and international transfer of knowledge and the promotion of innovation. Our business areas: - STN International - the world's leading online service for research and patent information in science and technology - KnowEsis - innovative eScience solutions to support the process of research in all its stages, and throughout all scientific disciplines - Databases and Information Services - Databases and science portals in mathematics, computer science, crystallography, chemistry, and energy technology FIZ Karlsruhe is a member of the Leibniz Association (WGL) which consists of 87 German research and infrastructure institutions.

idw :: 24.08.2011