27.06.2023 CompanyProjects

MR wins the smarter E AWARD

The FlexNet-Eko project was awarded

For the second time, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH (MR) has won "The smarter E AWARD" in Munich. The nominated project "FlexNet-Eko" was chosen as the winner in the category "Outstanding Projects" and was praised by the jury in particular for the intelligent concept and the potential of the project to overcome hurdles on the way to the new energy world. The award ceremony took place during the smarter E exhibition in Munich.

FlexNet-Eko is a research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection with a successfully completed field test in Niederbobritzsch. Together with MITNETZ Strom and other research partners, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen demonstrated how decoupled local grids can make grid operation more flexible and how the path to more intelligent and environmentally friendly distribution grids can look like.

For this purpose, e. g. surplus solar power can be filled into the storage of the local network station at midday and used in the evening - until the next day. This relieves the strain on the grids and lead to greater security of supply in the village. Very specifically, FlexNet-Eko's system combines batteries with power electronic grid connection and grid-forming inverters to decouple and optimize low-voltage grids. It's an approach that can be implemented faster and more cost-effectively than expanding grids and transmission systems, and also accelerates grid integration of PV, wind, and electric vehicles.

Holger Kretzschmar, Head of Sales Power Quality Converters at MR, is delighted about the award received and says: "We are very proud of the award and were able to explain the innovative approaches of FlexNet-Eko in more detail to some visitors at our stand already during the days of smarter E. We are very pleased with the results. The field trial, in which we successfully decoupled an entire residential area from the upstream power grid for many months together with MITNETZ, is inspiring. It inspires residents who experiences a particularly stable grid with increased supply security and use of their own PV electricity. It inspires grid operators who were able to flexibly influence the load flow. And it inspires the professional audience.

Image: On behalf of MR, Holger Kretzschmar and Andreas Lamert (from left to right) received the award for the FlexNet-Eko project.

Focusing on intelligently networked concepts and solutions for the efficient generation, storage and use of energy, The smarter E is the world's leading exhibition and conference series for the new energy world. The innovation hub unites the four exhibitions Intersolar, ees, Power2Drive and EM-Power to delve into cross-industry solutions and technologies for a smart, sustainable and cost-effective energy supply.

To drive the cross-industry approach through innovation, the smarter E AWARD focuses on solutions and concepts that use renewable energy, decentralization and digitalization to intelligently connect all aspects of energy supply. Implemented projects in the fields of solar, storage, energy management and clean transportation will be awarded in the category "Outstanding Projects".

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Holger Kretzschmar

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E-Mail H.Kretzschmar@reinhausen.com

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