Many players are working on the future challenges of the energy market. This includes such themes as renewable energy, climate and environmental protection as well as the harmonisation of the European electricity market. The challenges of the energy market are many - 50Hertz is therefore committed to its cooperation with different partners:
In January 2017, the WindNODE joint project started with a first consortium meeting with all partners in the 50Hertz Netzquartier. As the coordinating partner 50Hertz helped found the project. Over 70 partners joined hands to develop a model region for smart energy in the north-east of Germany within a period of four years. In addition to energy suppliers and system operators, companies from the automotive industry, the supply and disposal sector, housing and retail enterprises as well as several universities and research institutes from the region are involved in the project.Together, solutions are developed to integrate the ever increasing output of renewable energy into the power grids as efficiently as possible while also maintaining the stability of these power grids. WindNODE comprises all six East German states, including Berlin, and is under the patronage of the Prime Ministers of the six German states and the Governing Mayor of Berlin. The project has a budget of almost 70 million EUR and is sponsored in the scope of the ‘Smart Energy Showcase - Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition’ (SINTEG) incentive scheme of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
Together with the other three German transmission system operators, 50Hertz operates a platform that makes information available on managing the requirements under the Renewable Energies Act (EEG) and the Combined Heat and Power Act (KWK-G).
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 18 honorary members. During the most recent meetings, the following themes were discussed:
Here you can find an overview of the advisory board members.
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 annual conferences.
The BDEW and its member companies contribute to climate protection and are committed to an integrated and economically efficient transformation of the energy industry in Germany that takes into account the corporate interests of its members.
We joined other European transmission system operators in the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E). It is the mission of this association to strive towards a European internal electricity market 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, the Elia Group.
Through its parent company, the Elia Group, 50Hertz is a member of the voluntary initiative of the 18 largest electricity system operators ‘GO15. Reliable and Sustainable Power Grids’. Together, they represent more than 70% of energy consumers worldwide. They supply over 3.4 billion consumers across six continents and feed more than 2,500 gigawatts into the grid, of which 21% is generated from renewable energy sources.
Together with environmental associations such as the WWF and Germanwatch, 50Hertz has launched the European ‘Renewables Grid Initiative’ (RGI), the aim of which is to promote renewable energy and the grid development required to this end.
50Hertz is a founding member of VHPready. The name stands for Virtual Heat and Power Ready. This industrial forum advocates the cross-linking of decentralised installations that generate heat and electricity with consumers and energy storage units to create virtual power plants and applications in the smart grid. The system types include battery storage tanks, combined heat and power plants, process heaters and heat pumps.
50Hertz has signed the UN Global Compact and therefore recognises the ten universal principles of this global initiative for responsible corporate governance. We align our strategies and activities with the sustainability objectives and the vision of this economic initiative of the United Nations.
50Hertz holds a 10% share in Coreso. Coreso is an independent company where engineers from several countries coordinate the forecast and operation of electricity flows for over 40% of EU citizens. System operators such as 50Hertz can use this information to increase supply security in their grid area. The objective of Coreso is to efficiently and reliably coordinate the European electricity system, integrate large quantities of renewable energy and further develop the European electricity market.
The platform for the allocation of cross-border electricity transmission capacities, JAO, is a joint service company of 22 transmission system operators from 19 European countries. 50Hertz holds an interest of 10% in JAO which allocates long-term transmission capacities to the borders of all countries of the European Union. JAO was established in June 2015 through the merger of the two regional allocation offices for cross-border electricity transmission capacities.
The TSO Security Cooperation (TSC) is a cooperative venture in which 50Hertz works together with thirteen other transmission system operators to further strengthen the security of the extra high-voltage grids in Europe. Together, the partners are responsible for the power supply to 170 million Europeans. They founded TSCNET Service GmbH in which 50Hertz has a participating interest of 10%. The company mainly supports the transmission system operators in the integration of renewable energy and cross-border power trading and electricity Transport.
EGI is the joint consultancy firm (50/50) of transmission system operator Elia in Belgium and 50Hertz in Germany and offers engineering services on the international energy market. The company furthermore develops energy system projects for third parties.
In accordance with the Energy Industry Act, 50Hertz Transmission is responsible for the connection of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea. This legal obligation is fulfilled by 50Hertz Offshore GmbH, of which 50Hertz Transmission GmbH controls all Shares.
More information on the offshore projects of 50Hertz
50Hertz is committed to the development of a common European electricity market. To further this goal, 50Hertz holds 10% of the shares in the European Energy Exchange (EEX) in Leipzig and as such also indirectly participates in the European Power Exchange (EPEX) in Paris.