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Summer 2015 European Energy Innovation


Europe’s Way to the Digital Future

The European Commission predicts that Europe will be able to achieve an additional economic growth
of up to 250 billion euros and create many new employment opportunities by 2019 if it makes use of the
opportunities in digital transformation. At the moment, the largest internal market in the world is working
intensively towards creating the necessary groundwork for this purpose. The ICT specialists at TÜV
Rheinland are currently working on a crowdsourcing project on behalf of the EU, one of many initiatives to
make smart grids a reality.

Regardless of states are likely to have different manager Andreas Windolph,
energy transition, answers to this question the team will begin this month
electromobility or smart because the energy and to exchange experiences with
homes: Intelligent telecommunication sectors in all important stakeholders from
electricity grids are the fabric every country are developed the EU countries. The study is
that make up the future. Smart and regulated differently. The addressed to economics and
grids are based on the close EU commission has tasked TÜV energy ministries of EU countries,
interrelation of energy grid Rheinland with conducting a regulatory agencies for energy
and data network, the high- study to learn from the best and telecommunications, national
performance and robust systems within the largest distribution network agencies
infrastructure required in IT common market worldwide. and large service providers. The
and telecommunications fields. The research project “Energise” goal is to specifically investigate
“One of the central questions (“ICT-based ENERgy Grid the best practices for upgrading
is: Can and should planners, Implementation – Smart and ICT infrastructures for smart grids
decision-makers and investors Efficient”) will be conducted over and to learn more about their
rely on existing communication 27 months; Brussels has set aside costs and benefits. “We are very
infrastructures when developing just under 1 million euros for the excited about the experience
smart grids, or are new networks project. but also expect to obtain very
required?” Andreas Windolph, an heterogeneous results,” Andreas
ICT expert at TÜV Rheinland, said. TÜV Rheinland has Windolph said. “After all, the
comprehensive expertise in the project is very complex. Besides
LEARN FROM THE BEST fields of telecommunication high requirement on security
Every one of EU’s 28 member and broadband networks. For of electrical networks, there
many years now, its specialists are also many factors, such as
Andreas Windolph have been supporting network the regulatory framework, to
operators, government agencies consider.”
and ministries in planning,
constructing and operating public TÜV Rheinland will develop a
or private telecommunication theoretical model based on
networks over and beyond all individual nation’s policies.
project phases: from strategic The model shall facilitate the
consultation, project initiation, planning of ICT-based intelligent
network planning, monitoring and networks in each country and
inspection of implementation, support the development of
to operation of passive and smart grids in Europe. The team
active telecommunication from TÜV Rheinland hopes to
infrastructures. identify innovative business
models; experience which all EU
The current study which TÜV member states can learn from.
Rheinland has been tasked with TÜV Rheinland will establish a
is, in a way, crowdsourcing on an European project forum which
EU level. Led by the department includes representatives from the
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