New BMWi Smart Energy Support Programme for High Intermittent Renewables Regions

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) has published the details of a new support programme called “Showcase Smart Energy – Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition (SINTEG)”. The programme provides support for R&D projects that develop and demonstrate large-scale solutions for a reliable and efficient energy supply in model regions with a high degree of intermittent renewable energy.

By providing financial aid of up to EUR 80 million the government intends to sponsor projects in at least two large regions (called “showcase” respectively “model regions”).

In these regions smart grids shall ensure system stability even if up to 100% of the energy comes from renewable sources (at least temporarily) and demonstrate an improved interplay of generation, consumption, storage and grids. For example, a region with areas with a high population and a high degree of industry could try to improve demand management while at the same time being connected by smart grids to areas that temporarily generate more electricity from renewable energy sources than needed, BMWi explained.

The four-year programme builds on previous programmes. It tries to create synergies by pooling the experience gained so that ultimately solutions can be developed that are suitable for the mass market, the funding notice points out.

Support for commercial enterprises and universities and research institutions carrying out economic activities is subject to Article 25 Commission Regulation (EU) No. 651/2014 declaring certain categories of aid compatible with the internal market in application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty.

Source: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

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