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E-Energy @ CDTM – Trendreport 2009/10

Von Manuel Braun und Moritz Winter (5.02.2010)

Rising demand for energy, scarcity of fossil resources and the far-reaching effects of climate change create global challenges. The push towards an efficient and sustainable energy supply includes a decentralized, intelligent energy distribution system that will rely heavily on information and communication technologies. By choosing E-Energy as subject of this year’s Trend Seminar, the Center for Digital Technology & Management emphasized the importance topic. In the first half of the seminar, the 21 students with a broad range of backgrounds managed to get an understanding of this complex and multi-faceted subject – from technological developments over business and market opportunities to legal and political trends. In the second half of the seminar, they developed five business ideas based on the trends identified. The findings and ideas were summarized in the recently published Trend Report "E-Energy" and presented at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) in Berlin.

E-Energy @ CDTM – Trendreport 2009/10

The European energy markets have recently seen a fundamental transformation. Driven by European legislation, markets for gas and electricity have been opened for more competition. Vertically integrated firms were unbundled by separating production from distribution in order to ensure competitors a non-discriminatory access to the grid. With the ongoing increase of energy supply from renewable resources (wind, solar, water, and biogas) the ratio of adjustable (e.g., nuclear, coal, or gas power plants) to fluctuating power generation is assumed to change from around 1:6 today to 1:1.3 in 2030. This will exert remarkable strain on the energy system and, especially, the grid infrastructure. More than before grids will have to be able to satisfy fluctuating energy demand and, at the same time, they will have to cope with volatile energy supply from renewable resources. This poses enormous challenges to the predictability and controllability of the energy system. The described constellation calls for intelligent solutions. By enabling all components of an energy system to exchange information, grid management as well as the management of energy consumption could operate in a more anticipatory and balanced fashion.

The innovative business models of the CDTM students covered a range of activities at the intersection of ICT and the energy industry. E-Energy OS is a cloud computing operating system for private customers. It connects the solutions of different suppliers in order to realize an optimal overall energy management. As service platform it enables third-party developers to employ add-ons.

In contrast to E-Energy OS, the business idea ECOperation focuses on the management of energy related questions for a network of firms. Thereby value is created through efficient energy production and coordination of consumption within a complementary portfolio. One team worked on a concept called storage cloud. Within that business idea, storage capacity is offered as a service to business and private customers. The storage provider uses stored energy for trading purposes and represents a balancing function in the energy system.

Within the local exchange market, Virtual Prosumer, energy can be traded at real time prices. While the local exchange markets are connected to an international electricity exchange, energy can be saved since long distance transmissions are avoided whenever possible.

The product idea Tariff Sheriff is a web-based service that provides a convenient way for customers to find the energy supplier, contract and tariff which best suits their needs. Tariff Sheriff therefore addresses customers who want to save time and money.

Mitglieder des Elitestudiengangs Technology Management

  • Within the Technology Management program at the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM) classes of around 20 students work on a trend report that focuses on trends and business ideas in emerging digital technologies.
  • Students’ results are finally published in book format, the CDTM Trend Report.
  • Within the course of the Trend Seminar, an innovative course concept conducted at the CDTM since 1998, 21 students with different backgrounds (business administration, computer science, electrical engineering, etc.) worked in interdisciplinary teams.
  • They identified trends and relevant technological aspects in the field of E-Energy and developed scenarios and innovative business ideas 15 years ahead.
  • Members
  • Miriam Al-Ali, Felix Binder, Birgit Braun, Manuel Braun, Emanuel Breitsameter, Joshua Cornelius, Julien Donat, Dominik Facher, Jelena Frtunik, Raphael Haase, Thomas Hopf, Felix Jung
  • Georg Kiener, Robert Kowalski, Tobias Nendel, Rodrigo Rivera, Tobias Schneiderbauer, Adrian Sennewald, Laszlo Vidos, David Wehner, Moritz Winter