Tomorrow’s economy requires green energy, for the decarbonisation of industrial processes and, therefore, for climate-neutral economic activity. Power grids are the key. After all, they securely transport renewable energy from the producers to the large consumers. 365 days a year, around the clock.
This means that the faster a region achieves its objective of supplying electricity from mostly renewable energy sources, the more attractive it becomes as an industrial base.
By 2032, it should be possible to cover the total electricity consumption within the 50Hertz grid area (i.e. eastern Germany and Hamburg) over the course of a year with100% renewable energy. The secure integration of these high shares of volatile renewable energy into our grid, the system and the market paves the future: for us and for industrial companies in our grid area.
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For several years, 50Hertz has been successfully using the power-to-heat mechanism to utilize surplus wind power under the slogan "using instead of curtailing".
A giant of the energy transition on the move: the shipping of the Baltic Eagle’s offshore platform already caused quite a stir. With the Ostwind 2 grid connection project, 50Hertz has already laid the foundations at an early stage.
At the Hamburg Ost substation, valves inside the grid help to direct and meter the wind energy from the North Sea. 50Hertz is thus making an important contribution to the use of renewable energies.
The European Commission pointed the way with its European Green Deal: In 2050, Europe is supposed to be the first climate-neutral continent. With this ambition, the political world is giving a signal in terms of climate policy as well as with regard to industrial policy. High energy-consumingcompanies need green electricity if they want to make their production processes climate-neutral. These companies want to remain – and new ones will settle - where they can fully cover their energy demand with renewables and as such decarbonise their processes.
The importance of the power grid infrastructure (i.e. both the distribution and transmission grids) for climate protection continues to grow. The power grids must not only be optimised, reinforced and expanded to take on and transport the growing share of electricity from fluctuating regenerative electricity sources. They are also the central interface for energy applications, which until now were mostly based on fossil fuels, both in the traffic and heating sector and in industrial processes.