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Future Energy Grid. Information and communication technology for the way towards a sustainable and economical energy system

2. Februar 2012

 

The current energy grid is not designed for a large number of fluctuating energy sources, therefore the renewable energies can only be integrated into the electricity system on a large scale if the grid infrastructure and storage capacities are upgraded. Information communication technology (ICT) is essential for the future power supply. Energy technology and ICT merge together in a “smart grid”, in which the individual infrastructure components communicate with each other and the power consumption and generation intelligently adapt to each other. ICT is not only an important enabler for the successful integration of renewable energies and therefore for sustainable energy supply. Smart grids can also bolster the efficiency of Germany's energy usage.

acatech makes ten recommendations for moving towards smart grids - rapidly and in coordination with all stakeholders.

 

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