Energy suppliers – from corporate groups to municipal utilities–, transmission system operators and, in particular, distribution system operators are facing fundamental challenges as key players in the grid management. In their key roles, they are facing disruptive trends that will fundamentally change the requirements profile in the medium term. In particular, the energy transition with the expansion of renewable energies, sector coupling and the digitization of grids have long since ceased to be issues of the future.
How does the decentralization and volatility of generators affect balancing group management? How to deal with new market models such as direct or peer-2-peer trading concepts of local producers and consumers? What regulations are to be expected for grid management in the future and what new tasks and business models will result from them?
This is just a sampling of the issues facing grid management players. The institutes of Fraunhofer Energy Research support their customers with research and development services, studies, analyses and simulation models as well as with application solutions and customer-specific consulting on the aforementioned topics.