Digitalisation is bringing fundamental changes to structures and actors within the world of energy. It offers immense opportunities that cannot yet be fully appreciated. This becomes apparent if one compares current electronic devices with those that set standards on the markets just a few years ago. One thing is certain: digital networking will revolutionise the world of energy as well. It is necessary to look beyond the boundaries of the energy industry to acquire a clearer picture of what the implications might be. After all, it is usually impossible to restrict digitalisation to just certain fields.
dena initiated the cross-sector Digital Energy World Platform . Its members come from prestigious companies, institutions and associations within the energy industry and adjacent fields, for instance IT or mechanical engineering. Consultants and scientific experts also support the platform. dena fosters dialogue between the members, sets the strategic course and invites interested stakeholders to become involved. The members are divided into workgroups that select topics – for instance a comparison between virtual power stations and other digital business models like food delivery services or transportation agencies – which they discuss and review for potential.
Participants in the platform can contribute actively to the new, digital world of energy. Visions of intelligent grids, smart home solutions, Industry 4.0 or e-mobility are becoming clearer and are taking shape. The platform also provides more tangible meanings for jargon like networking, decentralisation or individualisation. This cross-sectoral approach to all relevant issues within digitalisation contributes to developing innovative solutions for the energy industry. It focuses on particular aspects, for instance the evolution of roles and stages in the value chain, also on technologies such as networked instrumentation and control technology or data analytics. Another benefit: This form of sharing experience today can create alliances for digital developments in tomorrow’s world.