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November 12th - 14th, Paris, France

Smart Services Worlds at European Utility Week

  • Experience the future of local and community-based energy trading and storage from November 11th to 14th at booth L140
  • Four cutting-edge energy projects supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Learn more about all projects in four in-depth Hub sessions and one Summit session

Blockchain technology holds great potential for the future of the global energy sector. To unlock that potential, four research projects supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy are exploring Blockchain-supported solutions for the age of distributed energy: Ranging from real-time energy trading in microgrids, over community-based solutions and virtual energy storage systems, to platforms that enables energy producers and consumers to help stabilise the local grid.

Visitors of European Utility Week can get to know the projects BloGPV, ETIBLOGG, pebbles and SMECS at booth L140 next to the Digitalisation hub theatre. As part of the German technology programme “Smart Services Worlds”, the stand also features an interactive exhibit based on augmented reality. The exhibit takes visitors on a virtual journey thought the Smart Services Worlds and introduces them to another 34 projects.

Furthermore, four Hub sessions and one Summit session will provide an in-depth look at the technology behind the projects and their vision for the next stage of distributed energy.

About Smart Services Worlds
Smart Services are intelligent services that make life and work easier. With the technology programmes "Smart Services World" and "Smart Services World II", the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) supports a total of 38 Smart Service projects that develop innovative digital services for business and society. The funded projects develop prototypical solutions in the fields of construction and employment, energy, medicine, mobility, production, housing and living. "Smart Services World II" particularly focuses on digitisation in rural and smaller cities. In addition to the funding, accompanying research also addresses important questions and challenges relating to law, standardisation, secure platform architectures, digital business models and platform economics. Both programs contribute a total of around 200 million Euros to the development of Smart Services in Germany. Half of this is provided by the BMWi, the other half by more than 200 partners from science and industry.

About BloGPV
Trading electricity directly with neighbours – this is what BloGPV aims to achieve by connecting solar power producers and electricity consumers in a local virtual storage network. BloGPV develops suitable technological solutions for automated electricity trading in this network. The aim is to keep photovoltaic systems economically viable for producers and to make green electricity attractive for consumers once the current feed-in tariffs are discontinued. The project aims to make an important contribution to the electricity supply of the future.

ETIBLOGG examines the use of blockchain technology for local electricity trading in real time. The project focuses on private and commercial players at the microgrid level. The players in this trade setup without intermediaries are electricity consumers and prosumers who both produce and consume electricity. The aim of this project is to make small-scale energy trading economically viable, transparent and secure with the help of digital technologies. To this end, real-time trading in a local network will be assessed in a test environment at the Fraunhofer IISB in Erlangen and then in a next step be applied in a public demonstrator next year.

About pebbles
Direct electricity trading between producers and consumers whether in a village, a city or a region: pebbles investigates the development of a sustainable and economically profitable energy supply in a local intelligent power grid. The project is taking into account the existing grid-topology and focuses on the Bavarian village of Wildpoldsried, where the majority of households already use renewable energy as experimental environment. For this purpose, the project is designing a platform for trading green electricity in a grid-supporting way. The aim is to establish a demonstrator for a local energy market in which small and medium-sized producers, consumers, prosumers and companies trade electricity among themselves.

How can photovoltaic systems be operated in a profitable way after the feed-in tariffs for renewable energy start running out in January 2021? Finding an answer to this question is the central motive behind SMECS, which aims to explore the technological and economic conditions that enable small producers and cooperatives to form smart energy communities and better market the renewable energy that they produce.


'Smart Services Worlds – Internet-based Business Services'

In 2015, some 15 billion devices in the world were hooked up to the internet. By 2020, this number is likely to rise to 30 billion. Highly automated technology allows for the big data streams resulting from this to be analysed, processed and combined in new ways to create innovative smart services. Smart services form the basis for a new class of manufacturing and value networks that open up new possibilities in manufacturing, such as for use in the instant production of batch-size one, tailored sneakers, and for the development and design of new products and services. This also means that they can be used to create new business models. Used in the private home, smart services have the potential to deliver greater levels of security and safety, convenience, and energy efficiency. Smart services are service platforms that bring together developers, operators and users. As such, they are subject to certain legal requirements, not least to data privacy rules.

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has launched a technology programme entitled 'Smart Services Worlds – Internet-based Business Services', under which it is providing funding for 20 smart-services projects. The programme is to help developers gain access to markets, build a customer base, and ultimately make German businesses more competitive. More specifically, each of the projects is about building a prototype solution that is based on networked smart technical systems and allows for data to be gathered, analysed and used for new services that can be provided via services platforms, app stores and other online market places.Apart from the funding itself, the project developers also benefit from research that is being conducted in the interest of answering important legal questions and addressing challenges related to standardisation, the security of platform architecture, as well as digital business models and the platform economy.

In total, the 'Smart Services Worlds' programme including the funding provided by the project partners themselves is worth some 100 million euros. More than a hundred partners from industry and science have become part of the initiative.


Find information about the funded projects below. Click on the project name and go to the bottom of the page.


Making Augmented Reality usable for industry (Smart Services World I technology programme)

In industrial environments many activities can be supported by augmented reality (AR). The perceived reality of the user is enriched with context-specific information. This requires a functioning interaction of AR-enabled devices (e.g. data glasses) with users, IT systems and the production environment. AcRoSS wants to make AR accessible for companies of different sizes and industries. For this purpose, a platform is being developed on which all necessary data can be exchanged and a variety of AR services can be offered. Due to the openness and expandability of the platform, third parties can also participate in the development of new AR services.

Contact: Daniel Röltgen (Fraunhofer-Einrichtung für Entwurfstechnik Mechatronik IEM),

Project partners: Fraunhofer-Einrichtung für Entwurfstechnik Mechatronik IEM (consortium leader), ArianeGroup GmbH, Atos IT Solutions and Services GmbH, DAI-Labor der Technischen Universität Berlin, Krause-Biagosch GmbH, Ubimax GmbH