It is impossible to imagine the energy transition without IT. This quickly becomes clear when considering the interdependencies from the perspective of a transmission system operator; in this case preferably at 50Hertz because in our grid area the infeed of renewable energies already reaches shares that represent peak values in a global comparison.
But why is IT such a decisive factor? The required system control is only possible in real time and in all its complexity with the help of IT. Grid stability and, consequently, the security of supply, can only be guaranteed if the production and consumption of electrical energy are in balance at all times according to physical laws. In light of the volatility of renewable energy and the increasing decentralisation, this can only be achieved in the framework of a broad digitisation strategy.
Technology and physics are, however, not everything. After all, the energy transition must economically benefit all parties who have to make it possible through investments and the provision of indispensable services. The market for this is only now taking shape and is far from reaching maturity. This requires a link between physics and market economics which will only be successful with far-reaching IT innovations.
The IT department is divided in 5 different teams. All divisions are closely cooperating with the internal customers.
Application Management Technical IT: The main purpose of our technical applications is to support the transmission grid system. One example is the introduction of a new grid control system. Colleagues often work together with other grid operators, also in an international context.
Application Management Business IT: Business IT takes care of SAP including Asset Management and all energy industry applications for the processing and analysis of large data volumes that are generated out of communication with electricity producers and consumers; one example is the smart meter roll-out.
IT Infrastructure & Operational Services: The system landscape is provided by Linux and Microsoft server systems as well as several databases; also the technology for the future reception of smart meter data. The colleagues operate their own computer centres at two different locations.
Datacom: Provides networks for voice and data communication for 50Hertz, including an own fibre optic cable (FOC) network that runs along our transmission line routes. As the networks are indispensable for the management of our installations at over 160 company sites, a number of them are operated redundantly.
IT-Governance und -Security: Develops and manages internal IT processes including the IT project portfolio process which is the framework for different departments to request new projects. All aspects of IT Security are monitored, developed and implemented, such as the ISMS certification of the company.