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1. The underground transformer and switchgear station „Hochstrasse"
10 June, Departure from Messe Frankfurt : 9 hrs - Duration : 2.30 hrs (incl. transportation)
The underground transformer and switchgear station „Hochstrasse" supplies large parts of the inner city of Frankfurt. Important Buildings, such as the headquarters of major finance institutes with high demands on power supply reliability are directly supplied via this plant.
The plant consists of 110kV GIS switchgear, power transformers and 10kV switchgear.
The rooms for the station were built nearly completely in the underground. The underground construction was inevitable because of the available space in the city. Therefore the technical solutions for the special requirements are not common technology and will be interesting for visitors with related technical experience.
2. Model City of Mannheim (Smart grid project)
10 June, Departure from Messe Frankfurt : 9 hrs - Duration : 6.30 hrs (incl. transportation and lunch)
The visit is dedicated to the project "Model city of Mannheim" lead by MVV Energie AG in the model region of Rhein-Neckar.
MVV Energie AG has a long history as a local supplier of energy, district heating and water to the City of Mannheim and also as a pioneer company in collaborative research projects focusing on joint practical testing of innovative technology.The Model city of Mannheim project concentrates on an urban conurbation with a high penetration rate in which renewable and decentralized sources of energy are used to a large extent. By 2012 nearly 1.500 participants will be involved taking part in the practical tests.The participants are receiving up-to-date information on the pricing and origin of their power. The processing of this information is facilitated through the installation of an automatic energy management system (our Energybutler) and new energy services.
Proactive users in the energy market ("prosumers") can gear their power consumption and their power generation towards variable pricing structures. Customers are also helped to contribute to an even greater energy efficiency.
An on site visit to one of our customer's facilities will allow CIRED participants to gain insight into the current functioning of the Energybutler.
3. Smart Technologies in Focus (VDE Institute)
10 June, Departure from Messe Frankfurt : 9 hrs - Duration : 4 hrs (Incl. transportation)
VDE Institute is well prepared for the future and its most prominent topics like Smart Grid, E-Mobility and Smart Home. With a focus on product qualification for the coming cutting-edge smart technologies, VDE Institute has become a benchmark for providing competence and testing know-how and facilities in the fields of electrical engineering and information technology. Today, VDE Institute holds a strategic position in the markets around the globe - especially for testing and inspection of Smart Meters and renewable energy systems like wind power plants and photovoltaic systems. The standardization and product testing expertise under the umbrella of the VDE, ensures one of its many significant elements of success.
VDE Institute's service portfolio for smart technologies comprises: safety, EMC, usability, interoperability, energy efficiency, environmental compatibility, communication hardware and software evaluation.