The digitisation of the energy transition

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The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy today published an expert opinion which examines the pros and cons of various telecommunications technologies for the digitalisation of the energy transition. Providing adequate nationwide telecommunications infrastructure is crucial in order to ensure a reliable energy supply and digitalise the energy transition. It is important that fluctuating electricity generation and demand from electric vehicles be integrated into the power grids based on smart technology. This requires an efficient and reliable communications infrastructure to be in place.

Experts from the Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste (WIK) (Scientific Institute for Infrastructure and Communication Services) specifically examined the requirements of the energy supply system with regard to telecommunications infrastructure and regulations. They looked into possibilities of how the existing infrastructure could be modified to be able to meet these requirements. The experts came to the conclusion that a dedicated mobile network for critical infrastructures in the 450 MHz band could meet the specific requirements comprehensively and at the lowest cost. According to the experts, the upcoming reallocation of the rights of use of 450 MHz radio frequencies therefore offers a great opportunity for the energy transition.

The submitted expert opinion is part of the project ”Digitalisierung der Energiewende, Barometer und Topthemen” (Digitisation of the Energy Transition, Barometer and Top Topics). It is being carried out by Ernst & Young GmbH, BET Büro für Energiewirtschaft und technische Planung GmbH and WIK-Consult GmbH on behalf of Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The expert opinion is available here (in German).