Smart grids think for themselves

Smart grids ensure sustainable energy-supply optimization.

The energy market is on the brink of fundamental restructuring. With its know-how and nationwide infrastructure, Telekom is an important partner for the electricity industry when it comes to installing smart grids.

The EU target is "20-20-20": 20 percent of all Europe's energy must be obtained from renewable energy sources by 2020. The German Renewable Energy Sources Act actually stipulates 35 percent in the case of electricity. In the case of renewable energy, increasing quantities of electricity are flowing into the grid from wind farms and solar parks, from the roofs of private houses and from combined heat and power plants - this electricity is affected by weather-related fluctuations, unlike fossil fuel or atomic energy.

Deutsche Telekom has developed services for energy suppliers that use smart grids to sustainably optimize energy supply in order to ensure security of supply despite these fluctuations.

Power guzzlers identified
Only in new intelligent grids - smart grids - can power grid operators control the production and use of electricity in such a way that supply and demand are coordinated and the voltage in the grid remains stable. Millions of items of data must be logged in real time in order for such a smart grid to operate: when and where is a specific amount of electricity consumed and produced at a particular tariff? This data is captured using electronic smart meters that indicate instantaneous electricity consumption to both energy suppliers and households. These can already identify power guzzlers in households, enabling them to save up to 15 percent of the cost of their electricity consumption. When the automated household of the future controls its energy consumption intelligently, consumers will reap the benefit because this will improve energy efficiency and home comfort.

High-performance grids - strong partners
Managing a smart grid requires sophisticated Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With its ICT expertise and smart-grid related services, Deutsche Telekom is the perfect partner for installing tomorrow's smart grids. No other company in Germany has such a high-quality telecommunications network and so many data centers. What is more, Telekom knows how to deal with bulk data securely and can call on the services of an extensive network of service engineers who can install smart meters in Germany's 40 million households. Deutsche Telekom is already conducting tests in the T-City in Friedrichshafen to ascertain how the smart grid of the future will operate in practice.