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15/08/2017 Cheaper Energy for Islands and Isolated Grids

"Clean Energy on Island" initiatives are now being started in many parts of the world to reduce cost and improve climate protection. To support them with smart technology solutions, Easy Smart Grid has compiled a "White Paper" that helps such actors to design, implement and operate such advanced energy infrastructures. The overview is intended as the starting point of a more detailed exchange leading to a smart transition that minimizes system cost and risk. Download White Paper

05/07/2017 Easy Smart Grid in Regional Energy Cluster

If internationally agreed climate goals are to be met, CO2 emissions must be reduced to zero very soon. This requires action where people live and work, not only legal acts by governments. The region around Karlsruhe (Germany) as one of the European IT leaders decided to combine climate action and IT competence in defining an energy strategy.

Such regional clusters allow to combine forces of the three major sectors to be decarbonized, namely electricity (mainly coal), buildings (mainly gas) and traffic (mainly oil). This "sector coupling" promises access to much needed energy flexibility, but also requires actors to leave their historic "silo's". Regional professional networks, smart cross-sectoral energy management, local markets and pilots to drive the energy transformation are the subject of events, workshops and project groups started by an "Energy Market Place" held on July 5. Our part: how to make smart energy easy: presentation (in German).

19-21/06/2017 Invitations from Jamaica and Mexico

Jamaica and Mexico have both set ambitious programmes to reduce cost and climate impact of their energy systems. Today's tools focus on energy generation, bringing more information, control and coherence between fossil and renewable sources. 

However, as countries like Germany are currently finding out, the next level of renewable integration and carbon reduction requires additional and different innovations, specifically flexible demand and decentral system management.

These were aspects Easy Smart Grid discussed with Jamaican utility JPS in Kingston, and at a Mexican-German energy conference organized by the "Centro Mario Molina" (Mario Molina was awarded the Nobel prize for his research relating to the ozone hole) and the German Embassy in Mexico City. (Fotos: Thomas Walter)

13/06/2017 CONDYNET - Avoid the "Basin of Attraction"

Within the CONDYNET project, Marc Timme, Benjamin Schaefer and Dirk Witthaut (now with Research Center Juelich) from the Max-Planck-Institute in Goettingen analyzed the stability of grid management by real time price based control. Real time in this context covers the range down to seconds (possible by advanced solutions like Easy Smart Grid). They specialize in methods that can be applied also to non-linear systems (as they occur in biology, climate or energy) such as "basin of attraction".

As a result of their stability analysis, they showed that such a system that enables and benefits from highly dynamic customer reactions of a few seconds will work in a stable way and can thus provide not only longer term demand side management, but also instantaneous demand response. The final project meeting of this German Federal Ministry of Research funded project took place at PIK, the renowned Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Foto: PIK).

10/04/2017 From Theory to Factory Application

Industry consumes a lot of energy, and flexible consumption is needed to transform our energy systems. However, industry cannot accept that somebody else - such as an energy utility - tampers with its internal processes. It must stay in control of its equipment and installations to guarantee full productivity is maintained. Variable electricity prices that reflect energy availability are a practical and simple way to enable this - and are on the way of being introduced. This stimulated us to design a controller that can interprete them to fully utilize machine flexibility while respecting process constraints.

In cooperation with DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, and under a grant from EIT Digital, the European Accelerator for Digitization, the development and demo of such a controller - SDSO for "Smart Decentralized Self Optimising" -  is being executed. One of the project meetings took place at a partner's site in Bergamo/Italy (Foto: Thomas Walter), Download the SDSO Flyer

31/03/2017 First conference of "Initiative Smart Grid 2.0"

Over 20 experts from Germany and Switzerland attended the "Initiative Smart Grid 2.0"-conference in Karlsruhe. This was organized at the offices of EIFER, the joint research center of EDF and KIT, jointly with Easy Smart Grid.

The "relaunch" of smart grid concepts - expressed by "2.0" - is the logical result of the insight that the traditional approach of adding more ICT to an "old" system simply is not good enough. Therefore, conference contributions and workshops focussed on likely system characteristics and ICT needs. We will need more decentrality in topology as well as management, and therefore different ICT solutions. The participants discussed elements of robust, secure and cost efficient energy systems where volatile energy supply dominates. (Foto: Joerg Donecker)

08/03/2017 Easy Smart Grid at Accenture "Digital Meets Sustainability"

Digitisation is considered a key technology to transform industry and society. After the complete transformation of sectors such as telecoms, media and banking, now it is the turn of industry and energy to digitize. So how can digitisation create a more sustainable energy system, rather than just increase complexity and energy additionally consumed by all the new technology?

This was the theme of the "Accenture Open Talks" at their Digital Acceleration Center in Bonn. It was also the start of an interesting discussion (still going on) between those invited, such as Easy Smart Grid as an innovative Start-up, and keynote speaker Luis Neves, Group Sustainability and Climate Protection Officer at Deutsche Telekom >read on>

07/12/2016 Launch of "ENERGENIOUS, the Micro Grid Creator"

As winner of the 2014 EIT-Digital challenge, Easy Smart Grid was asked to join a micro grid simulator development project with DFKI, the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, TU Berlin and several international partners. The objective of this one year project was to bring advanced energy simulation technology, that has been created at TU Berlin, into the market. Easy Smart Grid supported on the definition of requirements, marketing plan and the organisation of a launch workshop in Berlin (Foto: Thomas Walter). While only the local ecosystem had been invited, it was well received, gave the attendents valuable insights into practical workings and benefits of this novel solution, and provided a solid base for the intended spin-off under the name of

06/12/2016 New Energy Market Design launched

Consensus is emerging that a new market design will be necessary to realize a renewable energy based system and achieve the climate goals. Backward-looking regulation of an electricity system rooted early in the last century today is the major bottleneck of progress. At a high level meeting in Brussels, representatives from the Commission as well as industry discussed the third market design package issued in November. Interestingly this new market design calls for variable prices and financial reward for demand response provided by end customers - a requirement well met by the technology platform we develop. This will bring new responsibilities and opportunities for  DSOs (distribution system operators), as Easy Smart Grid discussed with the presenter for EURELECTRIC which represents several DSOs in Europe. Foto (C) Development Group

30/11/2016 EU-India best practice exchange on Smart Grid and Smart Cities

Energy system transformation poses huge challenges for countries all over the world. Its success will depend on international exchange on what works best, and on joining efforts to overcome barriers. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung invited and organized what it called "seed communities" both in India and the EU on Smart Grid and Smart Cities as key activity areas. Easy Smart Grid was invited to contribute and also pitch the European Smart Grid perspective vis-a-vis the Indian participants at an event held in Delhi. This kicked off a series of activities to be continued in 2017 on both sides. (Foto: Thomas Walter)

09/11/2016 Will Cellular Grids replace Hierarchical Grid Topology?

VDE, the association of German Electrical Engineers, is well known beyond Germany for innovation and standard setting activities. As a contribution to energy system transformation in Germany, in 2015 they commissioned and published a study on "Cellular Grids". This innovative approach is inspired by the example of the digital transformation of telecommunications infrastructure by the Internet 25 years ago. It promises less costly and more resilient infrastructure for future grids operated with over 80% fluctuating renewables. Easy Smart Grid was invited to present its proposal to use smart cell management technology and make a cellular grid a success (presentation in German)

02/09/2016 Visit to Bornholm Ecogrid - a smart energy lighthouse project

One of the most advanced smart grid demonstration projects in Europe has been realized on the Danish island of Bornholm. It is called "Ecogrid" and provides variable end customer electricity prices to mobilize and reward their flexibility. Household machines, electric vehicles or house heating systems can thus help to utilize larger shares of renewables - saving otherwise needed expensive batteries. On the occasion of an EU-India-Meeting, Easy Smart Grid participated in this workshop on how follow-on projects can build and expand on the experience gained in Denmark- and how to improve on the ICT with respect to cost, speed and resiliency (Foto: Thomas Walter)

11/05/2016 New Brunswick delegation visits Easy Smart Grid

New Brunswick is the most eastern province of Canada, often referred to as "Atlantic Canada". A delegation including research, government, utilities and industry representatives undertook a fact-finding-mission to Germany and contacted Easy Smart Grid to learn about smart energy, micro grids and advanced energy system developments. As member of the regional cluster "Smart Grid Baden-Wuerttemberg" we helped organize a conference in Stuttgart.Read on for the presentation on smart micro grids and cellular grids (in English)

02/03/2016 Easy Smart Grid presents at Industrial Communication Congress

Phoenix Contact is a major player in automation and control. This year the focus of their innovation conference was on the energy system and industry 4.0. Easy Smart Grid was invited to present itself in the exhibition area (the first public presentation of our demonstrator) and give a talk in the overview session. In line with recent international interest on micro grids  it gave an introduction in decentral automation and the use of local market platforms. Download the presentation "smart micro grids - the key to the energy transformation" here (in German)



15/02/2016 Demonstrator gives "Look and Feel" of Easy Flexibility

Electric grids that make maximum use of volatile renewables such as sun and wind need flexible consumers. These absorb energy when it is available to store it in a cheaper form than batteries. This "demand side management" is the key to sucessful transformation to renewables.

Existing grid technology only allows to use customer flexibility from 500 kW upwards. This practically excludes most commercial and all household customers from any contribution. As there is huge and growing potential of such small flexible devices (fridges and freezers, air-condition units, pumps, white goods, electric vehicles, heat pumps) our objective is to make it economical to integrate them also. This requires the reduction of the economic threshold by a factor of thousand to some 500 Watts. To do this, the associated cost must be reduced also by a factor on 1000. Our demonstrator (Foto: Erik Buchmann) and description give an insight how we propose to do it.

17/12/2015 KIT and Easy Smart Grid complete joint master thesis

The Institute for Industrial Production (IIP) at KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), chaired by Prof. Wolf Fichtner, specializes in techno-economic optimization of the energy value chain. The transformation of the energy system with a specific focus on future markets and innovation therefore is of high interest to this institute. Consequently it proposed a joint master thesis with Easy Smart Grid to apply its competence and tools to validate the effects of decentral control Easy Smart Grid promises to achieve.

On December 17th, 2015, Martin Burkhard gave the final presentation on his findings. He had compared the impact of a simple decentral algorithm shifting a single load (in this case, a water desalination unit), with the performance of an omniscient central optimisation. Through the support of Tonga Power, which provided real data of this pacific ocean state which today is fully dependent on expensive and climate damaging diesel energy, he could show that this allows to integrate more PV electricity and leads to lower energy cost. To his surprise, this approach is also more economical than the use of batteries. Also, decentral optimisation achieved nearly the same results as central optimisation. A very encouraging result for anybody wishing to apply DSM in general and Easy Smart Grid in particular!

You can access the full presentation and master thesis documents, with special thanks to the author, Martin Burkhard!

10/12/2015 "Evening of the Berlin Republic" with focus on digital economy

The digital economy is a huge opportunity and challenge. A good reason for political parties, parlamentarians and representatives to learn more about it.

Along with other established companies and start-ups, Easy Smart Grid was invited to the "Evening of the Berlin Republic". This took alongside the annual convent of the social democratic party, the oldest in Germany and part of the current Federal Government.

As the Paris climate talks took place simultaneously, there was a lot of interest in how Germany could improve on carbon dioxide emissions, and Easy Smart Grid to help transform some of the worst polluters, diesel driven grids.

The picture shows Thomas Walter in an exchange with Thomas Oppermann who heads the group of parlamentarians of the Social Democrat Party in the German Federal Parliament in Berlin.

(Foto by Henrik Andree, rights provided by republik movida)



07/12/2015 Invitation to participate in Sinteg Project

Easy Smart Grid has been working with the Smart Grid platform Baden-Wuerttemberg since its inception.

Through the SINTEG project, a Smart Grid Demonstration is now funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy.

Easy Smart Grid has been invited to contribute to this ambitious programme.

29/11 to 04/12/2015: STEP New York

The US are quickly becoming another mekka for Smart Energy. Their economy strongly relies on energy, and heavy weather conditions already impair grid availability.

Consequently, grid robustness against external impacts, dubbed "resilience", and decentral structures ("micro grids") that protect against grid failure lead to a different approach than in Europe, where the focus is more on renewable integration.

Easy Smart Grid was invited by bw-i, the economic development agency of Baden-Wuerttemberg, to participate in STEP, a one-week "Startup and Entrepreneur Program". This included visits and exchanges with local startups, the eco system, and a pitching event as the highlight. We also managed to meet players from the innovative energy world of NY City and NY State.

Many thanks go to GACC (the German American Chamber of Commerce) and local partner VentureOut (special thanks to Brian Frumberg for the photos) for the stimulating event and the Government of Baden-Wuerttemberg for making it all possible! Hope we can report on further progress soon.

28/11/2015 Partnership with EIT Digital

Easy Smart Grid GmbH is proud to announce its partnership with EIT Digital.

EIT Digital's mission is to drive European leadership in ICT related innovation as a basis for economic wellfare and quality of life for European citizens. EIT Digital has formerly be known as EIT ICT.

As a winner in the 2014 European Idea Competition in Smart Energy, Easy Smart Grid has now agreed to be integrated into the EIT Digital Business Development Accelerator. This will enable intensified co-operation including participation in EIT Digital 2016 projects.

26/10/2015 Heat and Electricity - Conference at Ministry for Environment, Climate and Energy in Stuttgart

The Ministry for Environment, Climate and Energy Industry of the State of Baden-Württemberg held its fifth expert conference. This time the focus was on “Combined Heat and Power in the Future Electricity Market”.
Thomas Walter gave a presentation (in German) on “Early Business Models for Flexibility in Micro Grids”.

You can also follow the video recording (in German)

13/10/2015-16/10/2015 Cabo Verde goes 100% Renewable

Cost of fossil electricity blocks economic development of this West African Island State which therefore aims for 100% renewables as quickly as possible.
Easy Smart Grid, as part of the initiative “Renewables made in Germany” organized by the German Federal Ministry of Energy and Economy, participated in a visit to its capital, Praia.
Read the presentation given at the conference in Cabo Verde

05/10/2015 - 08/10/2015 Easy Smart Grid at SEMICON EUROPE 2015

The worldwide semiconductor industry meet for the fair and exhibition „Semicon Europe 2015“ in Dresden. Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and any kind of „smartness“ depend on the semiconductor industry and its innovation, creating faster chips and larger storage every year.
Easy Smart Grid was selected to present itself at the “Innovation Village”. Also, Thomas Walter gave a speach on “Smart Grid on a Chip” at the „Hightech Venture Days“ which took place in parallel to that fair.
Find the video and the presentation here

24/09/2015 Acentiss invites for Engineering Day on Electric Energy Systems

Acentiss organized its 7th „Engineering Day“ on the subject of  „Electrical energy systems, energy supply and –storage for the mobility of the future” in Ottobrunn
The conference had its focus on the replacement of fossil fuels in aircraft and special vehicle applications. Thomas Walter presented “Smart Grids – Energy Provision for Mobile Systems” and complemented the applications with an energy system and grid view.

23/09/2015 Killer Application Automated Demand Response

For the third time the Chamber of Industry and Commerce together with „Cyberforum" Karlsruhe organized a congress on Energy and Information Science. Science and Industry discussed innovative solutions for the intelligent provision and use of energy.
Easy Smart Grid presented instruments and solutions under the title of „Smart Grid – Killer application Automated Demand Response“. It put the focus on the benefits of shifted loads as a key component of a reliable and cost efficient electricity system based on renewable energy sources.

The presentation (in German) can be downloaded here

16/09/2015 VDE Workshop discusses ICT of future grids

The German Institution of Electrical Engineers (VDE) is a knowledge and opinion leading on electricity and energy grids. On the 16th of Sept.2015 its subgroup specializing on ICT, Information Technology Society ITG, organized a workshop on communication of the future “smart” grid. In his presentation “Approaches to make the grid more flexible with cellular grid and real time market technologies”, Thomas Walter emphasized the synergies of approaches between early insular applications and the transformation of continental grids.

Read on in the presentation (in German) >>

26/02/2015 Comments on Ministry "Green Book"

The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy recognizes that a new market design is necessary to successfully implement the "Energiewende" (transformation of the energy system). It has published a "green book" and invited comments as part of a public consultation process. Easy Smart Grid provides input and strong arguments for a cellular grid, with real time markets in each cell.

Both the "green book" and our comments are in German. Hier weiterlesen

18/02/2015 White Paper: Self Balancing of Mini and Area Grids

23/01/2015 White Paper: Diesel Grid Migration

27/01/2015 Press Release Max-Planck-Gesellschaft on Future Energy Systems

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22/09/2014 : EU PVSEC Conference (European PV Solar Energy Conference)

02/04/2014: Deutsche Physikalische Gesell­schaft Conference

20/11/2013 : International Renewable Energy Storage Conference

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