The Hamburg Metropolitan Region presented the location Monday (February 20) under the theme “North Germany as a Pioneer of Developing Intelligent Energy Systems” to German Bundestag members, the diplomatic corps and economic associations at the state representation in Berlin. Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator for Economics, Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, Under Secretary of State in Schleswig-Holstein’s Ministry for Economy, Labour, Transport and Technology, Alexander Folz, head of the project in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour, and Prof. Dr. Werner Beba of the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg (HAW) gave insight into the funding programme “Window of Intelligent Energy – Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition (SINTEG) in three north German, model regions.
Main challenges of energy transition
The SINTEG programme by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) promotes the development of solutions for environment-friendly, efficient and safe energy supply with a high share of renewable energies. The objectives include efficient, safe networks with a high share of renewable energies, improving efficiency and flexibility on the market and in the networks, efficient and secure interaction among all the players in the energy network, efficient use of the existing network and reducing the network expansion requirements on the distribution level. SINTEG highlights the main challenges of the energy transition such as system integration, flexibility, secure supply, stabile systems, energy efficiency and turning conventional energy systems into intelligent energy networks and setting up the appropriate market structures.
Marketing regional skills
Horch noted: “We in north Germany want to and must paint a realistic, marketable picture. At stake are not only the technically and economically feasible aspects, but also managing practical challenges in the long-term against the backdrop of the energy transition. We are forging a unique, innovative alliance for the north with this project.” He added: “The companies involved get new market opportunities and the entire region will profit from the emerging jobs. North Germany will become a fixed point on the global energy market in that way.” Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, spokesman for the Business Development Corporation of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, pointed out: “The Hamburg Metropolitan Region has excellent skills in many sectors and as an innovative location. We business promoters want to highlight these when marketing the location and to enhance the region’s profile in terms of global competiveness.”
Regenerative energy supply
SINTEG foresees setting up “windows” for pooling knowledge, activities across systems and establishing model solutions for intelligent energy supply in future. Three of five selected “windows” are in north Germany. The “enera” window in Lower Saxony focuses among others on regional system services to stabilise the local network and improve the reliability of energy supply based on renewable energies. The “NEW 4.0” in Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg should demonstrate safe and efficient supply with 70 per cent regenerative energies by 2025. The “WindNODE” window covers the five east German states and Berlin and aims to include efficient, renewable energy in the electricity, heat and mobility system.
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