SINTEG will invest around €600m in digitization of the sector, of which the BMWi have committed up to €230 million (over the first four years) and the companies themselves have pledged €370 million. The five showcases will serve as a blueprint for broad implementation:
C/sells – a large-scale showcase in Germany’s solar arch: this solar energy showcase will span the southern states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Hessen and aims to optimize generation and consumption at a regional level. Participants will be organised into groups (“cells”) which might consist of individual generators or distribution grids. Each cell generates energy for itself before supplying others within the region (supply and demand will be balanced).
Designnetz – a modular approach to the energy transition: spanning the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, the Design Network represents a mix of rural areas, big cities and industrial areas. It will showcase flexible solutions that optimize energy supply (harnessing decentralized solar and wind), distribution and can be adjusted to market demand.
Enera – the next big step in the Energy Transition: The goal of “enera,” located in the northwest of Lower Saxony, is to solve one of the thorniest challenges of the energy transition: changing from a centralized to a decentralized system, from static to dynamic. A more flexible grid will be engineered by upgrading the technology used by generators, consumers and storage units and empowering providers.
NEW 4.0 – the energy transition in north Germany: this project, which brings together Hamburg and the state of Schleswig-Holstein, aims to supply 70 per cent of the region’s energy demand from renewables by 2025. The management of surplus power is at its core, e.g. exporting excess electricity produced during windy periods.
WindNODE – showcase for smart energy from north-east Germany: encompassing five eastern German states including Berlin, WindNODE aims to integrate renewables generation, the grid and consumers through digital networking. It will develop innovative products and services that complement the traditional business of volume selling and introduce new consumer standards.