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1 POSITIVE ENERGY ANNUAL REPORT 2010 German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE

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4 Publisher Imprint VDE ASSOCIATION FOR ELECTRICAL, ELECTRONIC & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES Responsible for the daily operations of the Concept & Realisation: Eisenhut Rütten GmbH Communications Agency, Langen, Hesse, Germany DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE Stresemannallee 15 (VDE Building) Frankfurt am Main, Germany Phone: Fax: Internet: Printing: Offsetdruck Ockel GmbH, Kriftel, Germany Images: Front cover Alex Schwander, Frankfurt Page 79 DIN/Kruppa 4

5 Contents 08 Foreword 10 DKE Honorary President Dr. Dietmar Harting 18 The intelligent energy supply of tomorrow smart grids overcome system limits 20 The German standardization roadmap on E-Energy/smart grids new methodological approaches in standardization 28 DKE Conference 2010 The Future is Electrifying 32 INS projects for the future supply of energy 38 DKE success through competence 50 International and European standardization 58 DKE standardization services 60 DKE the figures 66 DKE the organization 70 Mission statement 72 Staff news 75 Awards 80 The people at the DKE 83 DKE members of the steering bodies 5

6 POSITIVE ENERGY

7 ENERGY POSITIVE ENERGY IS THE FUTURE. BECAUSE WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO DEVELOP SOLUTIONS FOR TODAY AND PROSPECTS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. From home safety that gives children a peaceful night s sleep to accommodation suitable for the elderly. From Europe-wide power highways to efficient electromobiles. Scientists, companies, politicians as well as consumer and environmental advocacy groups are working with the DKE on the concepts of tomorrow. And along with standards, facts, figures and budgets, what counts most is one thing: the positive energy of each and every one of us in shaping our future.

8 Dear Readers, individual preferences in the generation and use of energy can be met. Energy is elemental for human beings. A regular and balanced supply of energy is necessary to keep the body and mind in motion. Furthermore, without energy many everyday tasks and routines would hardly be possible at all. Whether it is the fragrant air of coffee in the morning or a telephone call with family and friends: the equipment in the background needs electrical energy to operate reliably. Although the use of fossil sources of energy such as petroleum, natural gas or coal went long uncontested, limitations on the supply of these resources and rising energy requirements are leading to increased demand for renewable sources of energy. Interest today revolves around harnessing the power of the sun, wind and water to harvest energy from photovoltaic and on- and offshore power plants. This transformation in energy generation is nearly simultaneous with a revolutionary change in its use: the smart grid for electricity represents a coalescing of energy systems with information and telecommunication systems. On this basis, Particularly important in this connection are the intelligent energy networks in the area of electromobility. In future, targeted use can be made of batteries in electric vehicles as intermediate power stores: whenever there is a surplus of electrical energy in the grid, electric cars not in use at the time can be charged, and once demand increases, this electrical energy can be fed back into the grid. The success of this vision is predicated, however, on uniform standards both in the grid itself and at the interface, meaning the charging of electric cars. This is a major concern of standardization: to release positive energy by establishing the right standards. What is important to bear in mind is that the conventional boundaries between industries disappear in the process, and that only interdisciplinary thought and action will lead to success. This path must be reinforced in standardization as well, through the adoption of common approaches. Incidentally, positive energy is released whenever people share an enthusiasm for new ideas and 8

9 Foreword DKE Chairman Dr. Dietmar Harting activities. As a rule, this occurs whenever the famed spark catches on and the changes themselves kindle the necessary enthusiasm. This positive energy is released in the area of standardization as all interested parties convene to institute a standard by consensus. At times this is not always easy, but the journey itself is the destination, and ultimately standards can fulfil the expectations of all social groups. With this objective in mind the objective of accomplishing more than the assertion of isolated interests standardization also provides important answers to questions of how to shape societal transformation. The spark of standardization caught on early in my career as a businessman in truth, an easy task: standardization contributed decisively to the broadening of our market portfolio and of our market success, resulting in a major impact on the success of our company. to explain to others the strategic and regional dimension of standardization, and, in tandem with the technological and strategic dimension, to make standards a value in their own right for our economy and society. For me, positive energy emanates from people like you people involved in standardization, whether paid or voluntary. With your energy and your excellent ideas, you are shaping not only German electrotechnical standards but standardization at the European and international levels as well. I would like to thank you for accompanying and supporting me during my journey at the DKE. You have provided me with unforgettable and wonderful years in the field of standardization. Indeed, standardization unleashed positive energies in me personally, i.e. enlisting standards in the preparation and successful development of new markets. As a result, in my honorary work it was always important to me Dr. Dietmar Harting 9

10 At the last meeting of the DKE Council in December, Dr. Dietmar Harting passed his post as President of the DKE to Wolfgang Hofheinz. At this meeting, the Council unanimously resolved to amend its statutes and to appoint Dr. Dietmar Harting Honorary President of the DKE, both in recognition of his outstanding successes and in order to continue to rely on his expertise. Below is the speech in honour of Dr. Harting, presented by Dr. Bernhard Thies, Chairman of the DKE Board of Directors. Dear Mr. Harting, The strategic use of standardization requires businesses to provide long-term strategies while standardization organizations must offer continuous adaptation and efficiency-enhancement of the instruments used. Standardization is the door opener to the successful positioning of new technologies and innovations in the marketplace the conditio sine qua non for ensuring our sustainability and competitiveness. Alongside this, the standardization process creates added safety, compatibility, reliability and efficiency. Incorporating all interested specialist circles from the outset boosts consumers faith in products and services based on standards. I would like to present a speech in your honour, featuring remarks that contain elements that you yourself have introduced, particularly in the Annual Reports of the DKE: Mr. Harting, Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends of Standardization, In the search for instruments of exceptional importance for an increasingly global economy, the focus turns to standardization. As an integral component of R&D activities at companies, an active policy of standardization is, alongside patenting, an important prerequisite to paving the way for innovations beyond national boundaries. Working from the findings of antiquity and the scientific work of Henry the Navigator, with his first European circumnavigation of the globe, Fernando Magellan succeeded in demonstrating the spherical shape of the earth. This act of demonstrating the navigability of the globe persuaded people of the existence of a round planet and radically altered our view of the world. More than 500 years later, business journalist Thomas L. Friedman ventured the provocative thesis that the earth is actually flat. His rationale: the speed generated by globalization and by the digitization of the flow of information leads to a levelling of competitive conditions. In this day 10

11 DKE Honorary President Dr. Dietmar Harting and age, nearly every added value can be generated almost anywhere on earth, and in many cases be transported free of charge via the Internet. What I mean by this specifically is that the flat world of the 21st century requires a willingness and ability to reinvent oneself technologically at increasing rates of speed if one wishes to prevail in global competition. While multinational corporations cross-border activities contribute to an ever-tighter integration of the global economy, making these companies the pioneers of modern-day globalization, medium-sized enterprises in Germany distinguish themselves as globally competitive primarily through their agility and the targeted filling of niches. At the same time, standards give rise to the valuable good of public trust, a commodity that is held in particularly high esteem by consumers worldwide. Standards create this trust because they are created in a network in which all relevant experts participate, experts who not only generate these standards but use them together as well. Thus, standardization is based on the three principles in which Scott McNealy, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Sun Microsystems, sees the central factors for success of the future: sharing, creating trust and forming communities. We pursue precisely this objective, among others, with the German standardization strategy. Alongside implementation, our primary focus is on continued development of the German standardization strategy in order to come up with answers to the challenges of tomorrow as soon as possible. To me, particularly the activities that are aimed at developing a European future landscape with an international focus must be seen in this context. Only if European standardization organizations work together to confront global competition can standards develop the effects specific to them and, serving as a strategic instrument, promote the success of business and society. Above and beyond this, standards that have been created in the European tradition of participation and consensus also possess the trust-building power it takes to place global networking on a sustainable foundation, both technologically and in terms of society. In 1965, when futurologist Alvin Toffler coined the term future shock, he was aptly expressing the phenomenon of disorientation that people experience when confronted with wholesale changes within an extremely short period of time. In some respects, the dimensions of technological and societal evolution exceed one's own powers of imagination a situation to which experts themselves are not immune. 11

12 Against this backdrop, standards represent a guiding principle as they permit a separation not only between good and bad but between right and wrong as well. In this way, standards provide us as human beings with orientation in a changing world. We pursue this path in European standardization through our partnerships with ISO and IEC. For us, in the competition among regions, our aim is to augment the visibility of European standards while recommending our approach of deregulation to third parties. It is not without reason, then, that networking and communication also constitute the key terms for Internet visionary Kevin Kelly when it comes to the rules of survival for the future. In his view, businesses will in future no longer strive to maximize company value but to maximize their networks instead. Standardization means the formation of networks. Former German Economics and Technology Minister Michael Glos boiled the formula for success of standardization down to a simple denominator: standards function like a transmission belt between scientific knowledge and industrial utilization. As EU Vice-President, Mr. Verheugen has also characterized the formula for success of European standardization as Europe's trump card in international competition. Another component is the dissemination of European standards beyond our own economic area. After all, standards can only open up markets and facilitate trade if they are also applied by all participants worldwide. The upheavals resulting from the financial crisis have reminded companies and societies worldwide of just how strongly our economic system is subject to this principle. But they have also demonstrated that mistrust and excess are a poor engine for economic relationships and global welfare. The work of DKE and DIN fosters precisely that trust. The consensus-based process of standardization is designed to produce commitment and reliability through standardization. Standards have significantly contributed to establishing, maintaining and advancing functioning economic relations on a global scale. A dialogue of this nature prompted CEN and CENELEC to take additional steps to implement the Future Landscape of European Standardization (FLES). While retaining the features specific to technical standardization and the ties to ISO and IEC, both organizations are now overseen by a single director general. A joint management centre 12

13 DKE Honorary President Dr. Dietmar Harting and a co-ordinated approach to topics of multi-sector standardization lend added support to the efficiency of the European standardization system. This is also a reflection of the special nature of the coming era, in which as in the area of electromobility consumer demand will no longer be based on product attributes alone. Instead, the customer of today is already placing ecological considerations at the fore when it comes to means of locomotion; questions of design and manufacturing are subordinate to the overriding factor of ecology. In the ecological revolution before us, technological progress is a means to an end, and the end is a desire to take responsibility for the circumstances of our lives. contributed to making standardization what it is today. And for this, we say to you: 'Thank you very much'. I would like to combine this thank you with the presentation of the DKE Award in gold (see page 75). Dr. Bernhard Thies In this revolutionary time, standardization plays a central role, as it is placed in service of the requirements of the people who decide the contours of the standards enacted. More than 100 years ago, for instance, standardization in electrical engineering took the fundamental concerns of the populace into account by helping protect them against the unwanted side-effects of this technology while keeping them safe in their interactions with it. So, it remains for me to say this: Mr. Harting, you have valiantly dedicated yourself to standardization and have significantly Dr. Bernhard Thies 13

14 SMART GRID E-ENERGY

15 ENERGY POSITIVE ENERGY IS THE FUTURE IT OFFERS NEW PERSPECTIVES, CREATES RESPONSIBILITY AND ADAPTS TO OUR NEEDS.

16 SMART GRID E-ENERGY POSITIVE ENERGY IS THE FUTURE The ideas of environmental compatibility and sustainability for our actions are coming to characterize more and more areas of our lives. And while some companies or consumers are guided by ecological concerns alone, a great many base their decisions on economic criteria. This gives customers a clear basis for decision-making and places them in a position, through their actions, to help reduce emissions. An increasingly complex world needs these kinds of transparency and economic incentives even where individual energy consumption is concerned. Smart meter systems within the smart grid provide a transparent picture of individual energy consumption in real time. New rate systems offer financial incentives to change one s behaviour. A system like this correlates financial savings with reductions in emissions, making energy efficiency, environmental protection and economically rational behaviour feasible for the customer. WHAT IS SMART? Smart solutions are elegant, clever, safe, modern, comprehensive and flexible. Smart is when the freezer can do without expensive electricity for a few hours now and then. Smart is also when one day electric cars will be able to park energy temporarily. Smart is when alternative and conventional energies complement one another in useful ways. This is why the new type of power network is referred to as the smart grid. Because it is far more than the power network we know today. Never before has such a comprehensive and flexible network been established for production and consumption; a network in which not only energy but also information flows in a constant exchange to where it is needed. Expanding alternative, decentralized energy generation makes the creation of just such a network indispensable. Only in this way can energy peaks and dips be levelled off through the incorporation of new energy storage, the control of intelligent household appliances, and adaptation of consumer behaviour. 16

17 TEAM PLAY WITH THE DKE The DKE is the network of experts for the network of the future. It provides for the development and definition of overarching strategies. An important contribution in this regard was the publication in 2010 of the German standardization roadmap on E-Energy/smart grids. To begin with, this is a compendium of the current state of development and research, not just in Germany but also with an eye to concepts that have been successful in other countries. At the same time, the study develops strategies and visions for an intelligent and interdisciplinary network. In the world of sport, a successful team not only needs good defenders or strikers but also people with different strengths in different disciplines. They also need a coach who determines the strategy pursued and the direction taken. In future, a very wide variety of players will be active on the playing field of the German energy market the purpose of the smart grid is to create linkages among these players to permit the strengths of the various energy providers to complement one another. Open markets and competition among various energy concepts permit innovations and new concepts to prevail. The rules, specifications and standards developed under the guidance of the DKE ensure that this competition is conducted fairly, and that the strategic objectives pursued are also in service of the interests of the larger society. Ecological aspects, price stability and security of supply are the basic conditions that are not only needed today but that must also offer long-term prospects for success for generations to come. 17

18 The intelligent energy supply of tomorrow smart grids overcome system restrictions The integration of renewable energies such as solar or wind power calls for new concepts for our supply of electricity. The efficient use of this fluctuating and not entirely predictable form of energy provision calls for new, intelligent ways of smoothing out any differences in energy consumption, generation and storage. This is why experts at the DKE refer to intelligent energy supply or smart grids. Intelligent energy supply The development of energy technology and of the energy supply is determined in no small measure by the political climate. For years now, politicians have been grappling with the blend of energy in Germany and Europe. The declared long-term objective is to gradually withdraw from the use of coal or nuclear energy and to move on to CO 2 -neutral generation of energy. In future, renewable energies such as solar, wind and geothermal energy, and energy from biomass or from the sea, are meant to largely replace the conventional generation of electricity. For more than ten years, experts in the field have also conferred about the broader consequences of converting our fleet of power plants and have warned of modifications necessary to additional elements of the energy grid and along the value chain. Already today, it is emerging that the increasing, fluctuating generation of solar or wind energy requires new technological solutions for the constant levelling-off of power generation and consumption. The continued expansion of renewable energies such as the offshore wind parks or photovoltaic plants may force prompt decisions in this area. Innovative energy management The best way to respond to an evolving market is to involve the consumer in regulating energy consumption and generation. Loadmanagement processes are already now being used by large consumers; the aim now is to get commercial consumers and, even more importantly, private end customers involved as well. Because direct control of individual households would appear to be neither desirable nor feasible, research projects such as E-Energy explore indirect methods of influencing the load on the consumption side. If, for instance, information is provided in the form of a variable price or an opportunity to purchase greater volumes of CO 2 -free electricity at certain times of the day, the customer can adapt his or her energy consumption accordingly. The Legislature promotes this approach by prescribing basic technologies such as the use of so-called smart meters and the provision of 18

19 Smart grid variable rate scales for electricity. This provides the consumer with the tools needed to manage his or her personal energy consumption. Without sacrificing convenience, this particularly enables appliances with thermal storage capabilities freezer, refrigerator, heat pump or air conditioner to be deactivated at certain times of the day. This is how the thermal buffer can bridge consumption peaks in the middle of the day or in the evening, for instance. If the temperature inside the freezer should exceed a certain tolerance value, or if the energy price should fall, this fact is automatically detected, and the freezer is switched back on. On the other hand, in times of low energy prices, the freezer could store a buffer of cold, cooling to temperatures lower than actually necessary. This way, the customer can take advantage of price fluctuations without needing to fear a drop in quality. Standardization in the system approach applications and services. Visions such as these are discussed under the heading of the Internet of energy. As with the development of the mobile-telephone market, many experts anticipate a host of developments for the energy sector in the years to come, with a wealth of new ideas, functions, applications and business models that today either exist only as outlines or are not discernible at all. In terms of standardization, an increasing information-technological networking in the field of energy supply presents a challenge. Interfaces to a very wide variety of market partners across a broad set of industries require a system-oriented approach across the technical bodies in the field of standardization as well. In the redesign of energy supply, standardization plays a decisive role both nationally and internationally: for through the interoperability of technical systems, standards and specifications create the economic preconditions for the safety of investments and the creation of new markets. So if electricity is given a brain of its own, it also means global rethinking. Tasks and market roles are fused: as the owner of a photovoltaic plant or a small block-type thermal power plant, the consumer becomes a prosumer a producer and consumer at the same time. Presuming a new, networked world of energy, this can form the basis for many additional The DKE has taken on this task through the establishment of the Expertise Centre for E-Energy/Smart Grids and the development of a standardization roadmap in close cooperation with many experts in DKE and DIN committees and the E-Energy research projects. 19

20 The German standardization roadmap on E-Energy/smart grids new methodological approaches in standardization The GERMAN ROADMAP E-ENERGY/ SMART GRID was published in spring 2010 and officially presented at the Hannover Messe trade fair. It provides an overview of existing standards and specifications while describing fundamental concepts for a smart grid. Because this is a topic of lively discussion and not only in Germany, the roadmap also offers a glimpse of international developments, ultimately providing the establishment of the country s position against the backdrop of diverse international standardization and research activities. In the publication, experts from a wide variety of industries and in E-Energy projects present their recommendations for ongoing work in this field. The DKE is actively involved in implementing these recommendations and has established the Expertise Centre for E-Energy/Smart Grids to address questions relating to standardi - zation. The standardization roadmap the approach At the encouragement of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), in late 2009/early 2010 the DKE, joined by experts from various industries and research institutions and projects, drafted the bases of the standardization roadmap and presented their findings soon thereafter at a well-attended symposium as well as online. Experts in the field actively used the opportunity to participate in the roadmap with comments of their own. Work on the roadmap continued based on the comments received, and today the roadmap serves as the basis for further standardization activities. Publication of the roadmap in German and English online (www.dke.de/koen) was met with keen interest both nationally and internationally. The roadmap was presented by the DKE to prepare for the development of a European smart-grid standardization roadmap by the EU Commission and the three European standardization organizations: CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. 20

21 The E-Energy /Smart Grid Standardization Roadmap The standardization roadmap objectives and motivation Different objectives were pursued with the standardization roadmap: It is designed to support the vision of a smart grid. It facilitates the establishment of the national position, particularly in light of diverse international activities on standardization. In the various industries of electrical energy systems, one can already find a multiplicity of standards that must now be combined in the effort to develop cross-sector solutions for the supply of energy. The roadmap provides a thematic introduction for new employees of, or interested technical bodies within the DKE or DIN. To sum up, it can be said, then, that the preparation of a standardization roadmap has proven itself to be a successful method in terms of a new system approach. For a new, very broad and complex topic that in some respects is still at the research stage and in which many characteristics still seem uncertain, it creates a shared basis from which to go forward for decision-making bodies and experts representing a very wide array of interest groups. Ongoing development It forms the basis for discussion and exchanges of views among experts in various industries and deliberative bodies and thereby constitutes the foundation for further organizational and substantive development of the topic. It explains the necessity of addressing this topic at an early stage, along with the importance of the issue of standardization. The standardization roadmap and the public response received thus assist the technical experts in the standardizing bodies of the DKE and DIN in internal organizational explanations of a commitment to standardization. Based on the recommendations presented in the standardization roadmap, the E- Energy/Smart Grid Standardization Steering Group was created. The steering group is headed by Dipl.-Ing. Thomas Niemand (photo p. 23). Along with the first activities of the DKE already under way, the new steering group will take over the further strategic and operational planning in this field and will co-ordinate the work of the groups of experts involved. In the steering group, representatives from the areas of research, industry, the trades, consumer protection and the public sector consult with the standardizing bodies of the DKE and DIN, the Forum Network Technology/Network Operation 21

22 in the VDE (FNN) and representatives of ETG and ITG, technical societies of the VDE. Given the breadth of the topics involved, in addition to the steering group there are additional focus and cross-sectional working groups involved across multiple bodies. Currently, there is great interest in discussing and elaborating methods and templates for the joint description of use cases in a smart grid. These methods and templates describe complex processes in the future supply of energy: for instance the specification of dynamic rates on the basis of fluctuating infeed of renewable energies. Here, a shared understanding must be developed within the industry as to how these rates can be extended all the way to the outlet or the electromobile where consumers can make profitable use of them. For technicians, the use cases formed the basis for a wide range of further considerations, such as planning of the IT landscape or the data formats to be exchanged. Questions of product safety or information security, and of consumer or data protection, can also be assessed more effectively on this basis. International standardization activities Extensive thinking about smart grids is not limited to Germany. The IEC has established the Smart Grid Strategic Group to create the bases for a co-ordinated approach to the topic in the various IEC committees. As was the case in Germany, a detailed roadmap was published online in the summer of At the European level, CEN, CENELEC and ETSI created a Joint Working Group in the spring. This body is devising a report from a European perspective, thereby paving the way for a standardization mandate, announced by the EU Commission for early 2011, on smart grids. Dr. Ralph Sporer, vice-chairman of the steering group in Germany, was appointed chairman of this Joint Working Group (photo p. 23). Outlook Along with additional thematic work in the DKE bodies, the following activities are planned: Specifications and standardization at the Annual Convention on E-Energy. Based on the close cooperation with the E-Energy projects and accompanying research, standardization is a lead topic for the coming Annual Convention on E-Energy, with prominent advocates in IEC President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Wucherer and DKE Board of Directors Chairman Dr. Bernhard Thies. 22

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