On 8 July 2016, the “Digitalisation of the Energiewende Act” cleared the final legislative hurdle in the German Federal Council (Bundesrat). The new law initiates the roll-out of smart meters and related infrastructure in Germany, and defines the future roles and tasks for all market participants.
PPC has moved into a new headquarters at Dudenstrasse 6, Mannheim 69167. We look forward to doing business with you from our new offices, and to welcoming our customers and partners to take advantage of our new demo centre and training facilities.
Mike Foster Chief Executive of EUA comments: “The report suggests that the delay is in part due to technical problems with multiple occupancy and tall buildings, however our members have developed solutions to this, and these have been available for many months now.”
PPC‘s Smart City Mannheim project was the feature of CNN‘s Tomorrow Transformed channel, hosted by Richard Quest.
“Work on PLC is creating a flexible solution for the tool kit”. Jean Philippe Faure and Jim LeClare of IEEE 1901 Standard discuss the potential of powerline in an article in Metering International Issue 5.
A combination of B-PLC (Broadband Powerline Communications) and LTE radio networks as a ‘feeder network’ offers the most optimal smart grid communications solution.
As the new VDE Position Paper “Communications Networks for the Smart Grid” shows, a combination of B-PLC – (Broadband Power Line Communications), over the power grid in the low voltage range, and an industry specific radio network based on LTE technology, as a “feeder network” to local powerline networks of the energy network, currently offers the best and most sustainable solution to the required energy information network.
VDE, a German association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies, is one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe with more than 36,000 members.
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At a business breakfast attended by senior representatives of German utilities PPC welcomed EU Commissioner for Energy Günther H. Oettinger, who hosted an informal discussion on the theme of ‘The digitalisation of the energy network’ followed by an open house introduction to PPC’s BPL solutions and the Modellstadt Mannheim (moma) smart city project. Mannheim’s Oberbürgermeister Dr. Peter Kurz also attended.
Oettinger said:“The EU Commission aims to make the energy industry smarter and more flexible with the Smart Meter Roll-Out. I am pleased when innovative medium-sized companies seize the opportunities offered. However, data protection and data security must be ensured. The development of BSI-protection profile for the introduction of smart metering in Germany is a very good example.”
Ingo Schönberg said, “The industry is on the verge of Energy 4.0. Smart Communications in the energy network guarantee the safe integration of renewable energy and is the basis for many new business models.”
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Martin Schoenberg (theguardian.com)
The new stage of industrial development will be based on Information Communication Technology (ICT) – smart industry enabled by smart infrastructure.
There will be resource efficiency gains from managing information flows, analysing data and managing the distribution of increasing amounts of renewable energy.