13. Nov 2015 - Energy transition business model – 4th EnEff:Stadt Practice Workshop in Oberhausen
The transformation from a centralised energy supply based on fossil and nuclear energy sources towards a decentralised, flexible and renewable energy supply will lead to a profound change in the energy markets. Which trends in the future development of these energy markets are already emerging today? Which risks do they bring with them? What opportunities do they offer?
As projects become increasingly complex, models and planning tools are taking on key roles. How effectively do the various technologies and components interact together? How do changing underlying conditions impact on the system? In addition to examining these issues, the discussion during the practice workshop also sought to reveal the gap between available planning tools developed in research projects and the tools actually used in practice in order to derive practical development needs.
The debate was conducted in three thematic blocks or discourses:
- Discourse 1: Future energy markets – Identifying trends, mitigating risks, seizing opportunities
- Diskurs 2: Geschäftsmodell Energiewende – erfolgreiche Umsetzung auf QuartiersebeneDiscourse 2: Energy transformation business model – successful implementation at the district level
- Discourse 3: Energy transformation – district – business model: How can complex projects be made manageable?
Feedback from local authorities and utilities: Multifaceted and solution-oriented
Given this wide array of topics, participants raised very different issues in the discussion, including for example the problem caused by the changing underlying conditions for the work of researchers and the development of new business models by energy suppliers. Issues raised also included the need for new services and business models for municipal utilities, sufficient support for participatory processes on the ground – for example through district managers and the adequate addressing of target groups – and the grid-friendliness of energy plus buildings with a view to efficient and flexible district concepts.
For the broad implementation of efficiency measures it is important to standardise the complex solutions developed by research in demonstration projects and to convey them to specific target groups. It is only in this way that new markets can arise. On the other hand, there is still a great need for proven, individual solutions. This opens up market opportunities for municipal utilities, technology networks and local businesses, for example in the field of operations management.
Software-based planning tools play an important role in this regard. Especially with conceptual work, tools help to solve multivariate problems or to approach a solution. Their success and acceptance, however, are highly dependent on the available data basis, positive benefit-cost ratios, the flexibility of their use and their suitability for specific planning.
In addition to technologically appropriate solutions, key success factors include innovation drivers, the local people and not least the time factor. Sufficient prospects should be provided to implement district concepts – through continuous monitoring and funding. After all, ultimately the key to success is: “Be on the ground and remain on the ground!”