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Decentralised Power Systems

Solar power is typically used by the owners of small-scale rooftop installations. How can these be cost-effectively integrated into the mains grid?

  • Decentralised distribution grid

    • Decentralised distribution refers to the evolving system of electricity generation and distribution which does not rely on large centralised (and monopolised) electricity generating plants, such as nuclear and coal power plants, but rather on smallscale, private or community-based generation, primarily from renewable energy, such as rooftop solar photovoltaic.

      The energy sector is in a state of upheaval. Technical developments such as renewable energies, digitization, and electric vehicles, along with political objectives such as climate protection efforts and nuclear power elimination, give the future direction away from dirty fossils towards cleaner, more sustainable solutions

      Today, Germany has more than 1.5 million decentralized power plants, with wind and solar smallscale installations making up the bulk of new installed generation capacity. The regulatory framework has specified that own consumption should be maximised for decentralized power plants. A decentralized energy management system according to DIN EN ISO 50001 foresees systematic procurement, conversion, distribution and use of energy that is coordinated and automated to meet demand requirements, taking into account economic and ecological objectives.