New Energy Network Structures for the Energy Transition

The ENSURE research project is embedded in the funding initiative “Kopernikus projects for the energy transition” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It addresses the challenges that the energy transition poses for the infrastructure, i.e., primarily the power grid.

Guiding questions of the research project are:

  1. How will supply tasks change beyond 2030, considering the changing social, economic, and ecological conditions?
  2. What technical challenges does this pose for energy infrastructures?
  3. What network structures and technologies will be used to meet these challenges

Project Objectives

  • Analysis of future energy systems and energy network structures to develop a long-term systemic overall concept also beyond the year 2030.
  • Implementation of all necessary preparations for the establishment of the energy cosmos in ENSURE phase 3
  • Piloting of selected technologies in the demonstration region as a starting point for the energy cosmos ENSURE

EWI’s role in ENSURE

  • Updating of the existing energy system scenarios until 2030 and extension until 2050
  • Preparation of the modeling results as inputs for the other project partners
  • Detailed evaluation of the CWE region with an analytic focus on Power-to-X
  • Content-related collaboration in the Kopernikus-spanning “Scenarios” working group
  • Identification of relevant interactions between individual elements of the market design (e.g., between grid fees and congestion management) and development of a theoretical model to analyze the identified interactions
  • Development of a model for the analysis of the incentive structure for CO2 mitigation, e.g., concerning an efficient development of energy demand within the European framework and application of the model to the identified development of energy demand and CO2 mitigation
  • Development of a model framework for the analysis of the market power potential in the distribution grid
  • Analysis of the market power potential within different coordination mechanisms of congestion management

Intermediate results

  • Central and decentralised features of future system structures – study within the framework of the Kopernikus project ENSURE
  • Network tariffs under different pricing schemes in a dynamically consistent framework