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TÜV Rheinland: Experts discuss shared infrastructures for smart grids in Europe
Stakeholder dialogue for the European energy and telecommunications sector / TÜV Rheinland presents the first comprehensive survey on communications infrastructure of smart grids in Europe
As part of the second stakeholder dialogue within the Energise project, TÜV Rheinland will also present the current results from the first project year. The first comprehensive survey of shared use communications infrastructure for smart grids amongst participants from the telecommunications sector and from the energy sector within the EU is unique in this form: It includes basic information, estimations on use cases and models of cooperation for smart grids from all of the 28 EU Member States. This has given rise to the first extensive EU wide inventory. TÜV Rheinland and its project partner WIK-Consult (Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste GmbH) questioned various interest groups, including telecommunications companies and device manufacturers, as well as energy network operators and research facilities. The aim was to determine specific concepts and possible solutions and to find out more about the different potential of digital networks in the individual countries.
"One of the most important findings was that both the energy market and the telecommunications sector undergo a significant dynamic change. Despite the very different general conditions in the two sectors, a sharp rise in convergences is expected. Shared use infrastructures are an important success factor for digital transformation in Europe," explained Prof. Dr. Kai Höhmann, Global Business Field Manager Telco Solutions, Business und Engineering Services at TÜV Rheinland. "For this reason, it is even more important that the EU states develop a practical approach for shared smart grid infrastructures which takes into account the various strategic interests both of the telecommunications sector and the energy sector, and of the individual countries and the consumers. With the stakeholder dialog, we are creating the necessary conditions for this," explained Prof. Dr. Höhmann.
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