The transition from fossil fuels to renewable resources has triggered new challenges and opportunities for grid operators, power producers, industries, and customers.

The energy production trend goes from centralized large-scale power generators to standardized small decentralized power and heat generation. In parallel, the overall energy requirements are dropping due to energy efficiency, energy storing, energy management, and energy recovery technologies. To support all these trends of the energy landscape of the future, innovative technologies and business models for producing and managing energy are required and rapidly emerging.

For creating efficient “smart grids”, local “mini-grids” of energy producers, consumers, and prosumers need to leverage new IoT and Industry 4.0 technologies. New business models and start-ups (build-own-operate-transfer, energy efficiency contracting …) will be catalysing elements in accelerating this development.

Key words:

  • Renewable energies
  • Decentralized power generation
  • Energy recovery technologies
  • Energy storage concepts
  • Energy contracting models