A new consortium to promote energy transition has been launched in Germany.
The ENSURE consortium led by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology consists of 20 energy firms and universities including ABB, E.ON and Siemens.
It aims to develop and test efficient structures that combine centralised and distributed energy sources.
It will research power transmission technologies which will maintain balance and ensure stability in the future’s supply infrastructures.
The project will have three phases of basic research, pilot-scale trials and the construction of a large scale multi-modal network demonstrator which will show what the future energy supply of an urban and surrounding area could look like.
The German Government is funding around €30 million (£24m) of more than €43 million (£32m) necessary for the first three years of implementing the project.
Thomas König, Managing Director of E.ON Deutschland said: “In Germany E.ON has integrated by far the most renewables into its networks. We believe our capabilities and experience will be integral to the project’s success. ENSURE will go a long way toward developing the infrastructure for the increasing expansion of distributed generation and its integration into networks.”