Key Figures

  • DER involved: Biogas, Wind and PV (Installed Power: 120 MW).
  • Customers : 5,600 at MV and LV.
  • Execution periode: July 2009-September 2011





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Projektlogo -Zukunftsnetze -260This project aims at developing innovative grid concepts for the energy industry of the future and their demonstration in a suitable pilot region. These concepts are characterised by the fact that they can easily be adapted to ongoing technological developments as well as quickly changing customer requirements. The concepts form the basis for future client's benefits.

In parallel, an evaluation method to assess network innovations is to be developed to provide distribution network operators with an affordable and largely standardised procedure to periodically analyse and if required adjust their network structures and resource technologies.

The innovative grid concepts are developed in consideration of the pursued political objectives.

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The project aimed at optimizing the combination of well-established and new technologies for building efficient and sustainable distribution grids which preserve assuring the supply quality of electricity assuming the expected supply situation in the year 2030, which we expect will see a lot more of renewable energies being fed to the grid.

The project is located in two german regions: Bitburg-PrĂ¼m and Emsland.

The project primarily focuses on electrical engineering aspects of the energy grid of the future and therefore stands out from the large number of projects that deal with intelligent energy management. Against this backdrop, the project pursues the following sub-goals:

  • Scientific development of grid concepts that are geared towards current and future customer requirements up to 2030.
  • Further development of planning and resource principles for networks derived from the theoretical grid concepts.
  • Implementation of a grid concept using the developed planning and resource principles in a test area in the Rhine-Ruhr pilot region.
  • Development of methods and tools.

The implementation and large-scale demonstration in a separate distribution network in the Rhine-Ruhr pilot region are used to validate the examined grid concepts in terms of feasibility and practical operation.

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Smart Grids Functions

  • Reconstitution of network Observability under high DER penetration.
  • Biogas Storage in Coordination with PV Generation works as a Virtual Electricity Storage.
  • Local Voltage Control inside in the MV network, at the Substations and at Service Connections level.
  • Strong Cable Line with Electronic Sectionalizers.

Main deliverables


  • Development of a grid concept.
  • Demonstration of an Innovative grid infrastructure.
  • Validation of practical experience.


  • Development of resources.
  • Gap analysis.
  • Creation of an technology roadmap.

TU Dortmund:

  • Definition of evaluation criteria.
  • Verification methods Smart Grids.
  • Analysis of the transferability to other energy carriers.


  • Development of evaluation methods and methodologies.
  • Robustness and reference network analyses.