September, 15, 2017
How can power supply be transformed sustainably? How can wind energy, that currently gets lost in the system due to grid bottlenecks and lack of system flexibility, be used? In the “QUARREE 100” project, researchers show how efficient power, heat and fuel supply from renewable sources can succeed. The new technologies are being tested on a wide scale in Germany in a part of the Schleswig-Holstein district town, Heide. The Federal government is funding the project with 25 million euros over the next five years. The University of Bremen is coordinating the large-scale project on energy-efficient cities.
Jacobs University in Bremen is one of the many scientific and business partners of the project. The Bremen Energy Research (BER) working group is mainly concerned with the regulation of the electricity market: “Network operators and electricity market players must improve their coordination in order to make energy usable across sectors. However, the regulation must ensure that all players obtain access to the market without discrimination”, explains Dr Roland Meyer from the working group. Specifically, this means for instance: who will finance the storage solutions for electricity surpluses? Can network operators operate their own storage systems? How should the storage be used so that competition continues to be guaranteed for all electricity providers? The questions asked by the team are still in their infancy. They only arose with the market changes caused by the energy turnaround. In the project, solutions that will act as a precedent for other cities and regions in the future are being tested.