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WindNODE – Showcase Intelligent Energy in Northeastern Germany

The joint research project WindNODE aims at understanding the efficient interplay of renewable energy generation and consumption as well as the energy grids in between. Everything should be optimized and made more flexible through digitalization. This takes place in northeastern Germany as a model region, which is also the control area of the transmission grid operator 50Hertz. RLI is one of about 50 project partners who share work packages and tasks.

WindNODE focusses on integrating large quantities of renewable energy into an energy grid that should be optimized for all energy sources and sectors such as power, heat, and mobility. Also, making the current system more flexible is one of the main objectives.

WindNODE is one of five joint research projects that are funded within the SINTEG Initiative (Showcase Intelligent Energy – Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition) by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Project duration: 01.12.2016 - 30.11.2020

Please find further information on WindNODE and its components and partners here (in German).
Further Information on the SINTEG Initiative (in German)

Within the Project WindNODE, Reiner Lemoine Institute is analyzing and comparing two different approaches for integrating high shares of renewable energy:

  1. In the region of “Reallabor Anhalt”, locally generated renewable energy is to be used directly in the distribution grid in order to increase the region’s consumption and to avoid the necessity of grid expansion. Therefore, we focus on possible scenarios using flexibility options considering the existing grid capacities on high voltage and medium voltage grid level.
  2. In the "Regionalkraftwerk Uckermark" (regional powerplant Uckermark) the generated energy from renewable energy plants is collected first and then fed into the transmission network. Curtailment power is to be used in power-to-heat facilities among others. Here, we will analyze business models, which are profitable from a business perspective and also provide advantages for the whole energy system from a national economic point of view. We will estimate the potential of the so-called “SINTEG regulation” as well as possible further regulations in the energy sector.
In both regions, we will focus on the use of flexibility options in order to reduce curtailment, to use excess energy, and to increase the share of renewable energy within the region. The investigations will take place in close cooperation with the Energieavantgarde Anhalt, Fraunho-fer IWES, the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), and the company Enertrag, which operates the regional power plant.
In the joint research project WindNODE, more than 70 partners from industry and research work together on different tasks. Please find a complete list on the official project website (in German): WindNODE
WindNODE is part of the funding initiative Showcase Intelligent Energy – Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition (SINTEG) by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Research at RLI is supported by the Reiner Lemoine Foundation.


Jonathan Amme