Intelligent Systems

Study: Digitisation of energy system transformation at the neighbourhood level



  • Funded by: Gesellschaft f ür Energie und Klimaschutz Schleswig-Holstein GmbH

  • Partner: Olaf Landsiedel, Agnes Koschmider (both Kiel University)

  • Period: April 2020 - December 2020

  • Responsible: Alina Schwerdt, Sven Tomforde


An essential component of climate change is the improvement of energy efficiency, whereby modern quarter or neighbourhood solutions offer a high potential for such improvements. Ideally, these neighbourhoods should be climate-neutral. They should therefore not produce more climate-damaging gases than they bind, e.g. through greening and other approaches. To achieve this goal, many modern neighbourhood concepts focus on the decentralised energy supply (electricity and heat) and intelligent mobility. The main drivers of these developments are digital technologies for intelligent and networked solutions. The neighbourhoods themselves are changing from classic consumers to prosumers, i.e. they are taking on additional producer tasks. As a result, the scope for neighbourhood solutions is considerably increased and challenges arise for the targeted use of the resulting potentials. For example, technologies such as the Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN), which can control the complete energy systems in neighbourhoods in a highly automated manner, can serve as catalysts for rapid implementation and efficient operation. Based on locally collected data (e.g. using smart metering technology), behaviour can be analysed and optimised in terms of efficiency. This study aims to carry out a systematic analysis of the current state of development and a comparison with the objectives of local actors in Schleswig-Holstein. The resulting findings are to serve as a basis for preparing and purposefully expanding the optimisation of energy efficiency specifically in Schleswig-Holstein.