The major challenges facing the future-oriented energy industry are the digitalization and integration of technologies. The modern energy supply is both smart and renewable. Photovoltaics (PV) is booming. According to SolarPower Europe, over 76 gigawatts (GW) of new PV capacity were added worldwide in 2016, including 7 GW installed in Europe. The total global capacity now exceeds 300 GW, of which approximately 107 GW are situated in Europe. Millions of decentralized renewable energy plants, storage systems and consumers who draw power not just from the grid, but also use environmentally friendly methods to generate power — this is the energy world of the future. To make this a reality, modern, intelligent infrastructure and storage options are essential. These make it possible to connect the many different renewable energy installations, and also to offset the temporal fluctuations in supply from renewable energy sources.
Consumption and generation are analyzed and optimized automatically – thus becoming smart energy. Large-scale storage systems and intelligent networks are already being combined with decentralized photovoltaic installations and battery storage systems for domestic power supply to provide the public grid with balancing power. Intersolar and ees Europe 2016, taking place in parallel, will present systems and communication technologies, and new services and business models – including small and large electrical storage systems, intelligent transformers and virtual power plants. The technological home – and future – of this new energy world is Germany and Europe. More renewable energy is integrated into the grids here than anywhere else in the world, and nowhere else can more expertise and experience be found in this area.