Development of Business Models

The liberalization of the energy market and the energy transition as a whole have fundamentally changed the situation for the energy industry. Many established business models are obsolete, while new value creation potential is opening up through decentralized energy provision, supply and storage as well as innovative technical solutions. The institutes of the Fraunhofer Energy Research support their customers in the development of new (digital) business models by analyzing market and service opportunities considering regulatory, social and technical conditions.

Competencies of the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance in the Field Energy Systems Development of Business Models

Energy and Operational Management Concepts

The technologies in connection with the energy transition offer players in the energy system and companies a wide range of options for using renewable energies and greater energy efficiency. However, the wide range of options and the increasing flexibility and decentralization of the energy supply require innovative energy and operational management concepts that are adapted to the specific application. We support our customers in developing suitable concepts, taking into account the respective framework conditions and the available technological options.




The »EffMon« project aims to implement an integrated value chain for the efficient monitoring and optimized operation of properties from the building stock is to be realized with low-investment measures. 



The »DABESI« project (Data-driven Design and Operational Management of Decentralized Electric Storage Systems in Manufacturing SMEs) aims to optimize electricity consumption in SMEs through the use of storage systems.



»DiMA-Grids – Digital business models with self-determined users for smart distribution grids« aims to further develop existing approaches to the digitization of the energy transition, taking end customers into account.


Ladeinfrastruktur 2.0

»Ladeinfrastruktur 2.0 – Charging Infrastructure« examines various aspects of the impact of electromobility on the energy networks of the future, while making sure to find coordinated and economically efficient solutions (more information in German).



Thanks to the operation and energy management data integration platform, it is now easy to extend control centers with external components, to integrate data and algorithms, and to test new operation modes without jeopardizing stable operation.

Energy Service Concepts

A growing share of renewable energies leads to a more dynamic, but also more complex energy system. The energy supply is becoming increasingly decentralized and more flexible. Therefore, energy services must also be rethought. New fields of activity and business models are opening up for players in the energy system. We support our customers in the design and use of innovative energy services. Here, the integration of artificial intelligence also plays an important role.




In the project »HESKH – Hybrid Energy Storage Hospital« Fraunhofer UMSICHT investigates  the question of whether and how the supply systems of hospitals can be used for electrical energy balancing. 



The project »TrafoSW – Transformation of municipal utilities as local players of the energy transition« aims to design models for the development and evaluation of techno-economic solutions as well as the activation of municipal utilities.



The »Redox-Herne« new-build project is investigating the development and system integration of redox flow batteries in private homes. Seven detached houses with different energy concepts and energy generated by PV systems are currently being built.

Economic Evaluations

In the context of energy-economic considerations, experts at Fraunhofer Energy Research examine questions such as the current or future economic efficiency and the economically relevant environmental effects of individual technologies. At policy level, the focus is on analyzing the necessary framework conditions that are required to leverage socially desirable technologies.




In the »KORVA« project, new operational management strategies for wind farms were developed against the background of new boundary conditions of changing electricity market prices and variable turbine operating times (more information in German).



Together with partners, Fraunhofer IEE examines and evaluates the integration and development of PV-self consumption models in the future energy system.


Transformation pathways in the heat sector

The project aims to combine the requirements of the energy transition and the design of sector coupling of district heating systems (more information in German).



CRAVEzero will focus on proven and new approaches to cost reduction of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) at all stages of the life cycle. The main goal is to identify and eliminate the extra-costs for NZEBs and to promote innovative business models.


Intelligent infrastructure

The aim of this joint research programme is to create the basis for cost-efficient, long-term decarbonisation strategies in industry and the associated strategies for developing the energy infrastructure.