Rainer Baake, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Rainer Baake, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

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Rainer Baake, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, has today opened a two-day kick-off conference on SINTEG (Smart Energy Showcases - Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition). Within the SINTEG showcases, five large model regions are developing and demonstrating model solutions for a safe, efficient and environmentally compatible energy supply with up to 100 per cent of the electricity being generated from renewable energies. They design and test processes that are fit for mass market use, innovative technologies and market mechanisms for flexible and smart networks and markets.

Mr Baake explained: "With the five large SINTEG showcases, we are actively addressing future challenges of the energy transition. The SINTEG programme is an important building block that we need for its digitalisation. We hope that the five showcases will provide practical indicators for the future development of our legal framework and will boost the energy transition. With this programme, we are focussing on developing and showcasing the future of energy supply.”

Over the next four years, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will be providing a total of more than 200 million euros for SINTEG, across its five model regions. There will also be private investments, which will bring the grand total to more than 500 million euros of investment into the digitalisation of the energy sector.
The conference is a forum for networking and dialogue across the industry for more than 300 companies and research institutions from the sponsored showcases and for the interested representatives from business, science, politics, the press and trade unions.

The five showcases were selected through a competition and were launched at the end of 2016 or early 2017.

These are the showcases that have been selected:

  1. “C/sells: Large-scale showcase in the “solar arch” in southern Germany:
    The ‘C/sells’ showcase spans Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Hesse, and focuses on solar energy and regional optimisation of production and consumption.
  2. “Design network: A modular concept for the energy transition – from isolated solutions to an efficient energy system of the future”:
    The “Design network” showcase spans North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland and aims to supply solar and wind energy to urban and industrial consumers.
  3. “enera: The next big step in the energy transition”:
    The “enera” showcase is located in Lower Saxony and concentrates on regional ancillary services which stabilise the local grid and further improve the reliability of electricity supplies that come from renewable sources.
  4. “NEW 4.0: Energy Transition in northern Germany”:
    The “NEW 4.0” showcase spans Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg. It is to demonstrate that 70 per cent of the region’s energy could be generated from renewable sources in a way that is both secure and efficient, and that this could be achieved as early as 2025.
  5. “WindNODE: Showcase for smart energy from the north-east of Germany”
    The “WindNODE” showcase unites five Länder (states) in the north-east of Germany and Berlin. Its goal is to efficiently integrate renewable energy sources in the electricity, heat and mobility sectors.