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Cooperation ventures

The energy market brings numerous players together. Their interplay allows promising approaches to addressing future challenges – in the fields of renewable energies, climate and environmental protection, and harmonisation of the European electricity market. 50Hertz is aware of its civic tasks and responsibility towards the society, and cooperates closely with its partners.

WindNODE – The model project for smart energy from the north-east of Germany


The wind and sun can provide a lot of energy. But their output cannot be planned. Nevertheless, ever more energy consumers rely on variable sources or their own generating or storage units. The success of the energy transition therefore depends on a permanent and optimal coordination of generation and consumption. This is only possible by creating extensive smart grids, in which all system participants can communicate with each other in almost real time through an “Internet of Energy”. WindNODE connects leading enterprises in the fields of the energy transition, information and communication technology to many energy consumers from industry, commerce and private households. 50Hertz coordinates this research project. On board are a total of 60 project partners, of which 44 participate in specific projects. They are joined by another 16 “associated” partners, who contribute their expertise and support if required on a case-by-case basis.

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RGI - Renewables Grid Initiative

Together with environmental organisations like WWF and Germanwatch, 50Hertz has launched the European "Renewables Grid Initiative" (RGI), whose aim is to promote renewable energies and the system extensions their expanded use requires.

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The European association for transmission system operators: ENTSO-E

In Europe, we joined other European transmission system operators in the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). It is this association's mission to strive towards a European internal electricity market as well as to plan important actions on a European scale and to coordinate the cross-border exchange, trade and management of electricity. Within this organisation, we help draw up position papers in coordination with our Belgian parent company, Elia.

JAO „Joint Allocation Office“

JAO ("Joint Allocation Office") is a platform for the allocation of cross-border transmission capacities on currently 29 European borders. On 01.09.2015 JAO has been established from the merger of the two regional allocation offices "CAO Central Allocation Office GmbH" and "CASC.EU S.A.". JAO is a service company of currently 22 TSOs from 19 countries.

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Coreso - Leading coordination for enhanced reliability of supply

Coreso is an independent company where engineers from several nationalities work together to check and improve the Security of Supply level in Western Europe. It is a Regional Coordination Service Centre and thus it provide its shareholders (including 50Hertz, representing more than 40% of EU’s population) with services of coordination with regards to the forecast and operation of electricity flows. Its objective is to help European TSOs to enhance the level of Security of Supply by bringing them a wide vision of electricity flows complementary to their national vision.

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TSO Security Cooperation (TSC)

The TSO Security Cooperation (TSC) is a cooperative venture of 11 European transmission system operators (TSOs) whose aim is to further strengthen the security of supply in the central European interconnected extra-high voltage grids. TSC partners are responsible for power supply to 170 million Europeans. The initiative, working through a permanent security panel, uses a real-time information system ("Real-time Awareness and Alarm System" [RAAS]) and a common IT platform to provide equal access to data and security calculations to all participants. TSC allows the system operators improved coordination of their work, which is particularly valuable in integrating renewable energy and managing increasing cross-border electricity flows and transmission.

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Information provided by the four German transmission system operators

Together with the other three German transmission system operators, 50Hertz operates a platform that makes available information on managing the requirements under the Renewable Energies Act (EEG) and the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWK-G).

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Industrieforum VHPready e.V.

50Hertz is a founder member of the Industrieforum VHPready. The forum advocates the realization of the energy transition through a standardized linking of decentralized energy plants. It further enables balancing volatilities by coordinating those plants. VHPready facilitates the prequalification for participation in the control energy market. It mainly supports battery storages, block heating works, process heaters and heat pumps.

Website of VHPready e.V.


50Hertz is delving into a new design for transmission lines and towers. Until 2018 the company develops within the R&D project “compactLine” a completely new technical solution to reduce nature and land consumption by transmission lines. compactLine will differ in lower tower height, smaller tower circumference and narrow corridors from conventional transmission towers.

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In collaboration with the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), 50Hertz co-founded and helped set up GridLab in Cottbus. The training and research centre for power systems security, which since August 2016 is located in Schönefeld, is unique in Europe.

Here, employees of transmission and distribution operators and power stations are trained, under realistic circumstances, in the operational aspects and management of critical grid situations.



University cooperation & scientific advisory board of 50Hertz

University cooperation
University cooperation

For 50Hertz, cooperation with German and international universities is an important factor. They help us meet the future challenges that transmission system operators face.

Our daily activities benefit from scientific know-how. Likewise, we share our practical experience with research institutes.

50Hertz regularly asks institutes of higher education to perform studies and carry out projects to shed a scientific light on strategically important themes. In return, 50Hertz employees participate in guest lectures and speeches. Furthermore, we rely on our network of professors for our yearly conferences.

Scientific advisory board of 50Hertz
Scientific advisory board of 50Hertz

For the regular exchange between science and practice, 50Hertz has established a panel where it exchanges ideas on current themes once to twice a year. During these exchanges, particular themes from the field of energy technology, energy industry and energy law are analysed, but broader subject areas, such as corporate ethics, can also be broached and discussed.
The advisory board currently consists of 17 honorary members.

During the most recent meetings, the following themes were discussed:

  • Capacity mechanisms / capacity markets
  • Acceptance
  • Electromobility
  • Corporate ethics
  • Offshore wind power

Here you can find an overview of the advisory board members.

German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)

50Hertz is a member of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries, founded in 2007, and participates in all grid-related issues. The energy industry bundles its forces within the BDEW and develops energy strategies that cover several energy sources.


Kerstin Maria Rippel

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Kerstin Maria Rippel
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