The electric utility company, E.ON has established a new subsidiary, E.ON One, expanding its portfolio in digital services. The new E.ON One will bring together key digital solutions for utilities to enable the energy sector to make grids smart and increase the sustainability of energy consumption.
“The energy transition is more urgent than ever and digital solutions are one of the main answers to the growing complexity of the energy system,” said Victoria Ossadnik, member of the E.ON Board of Management responsible for digitalisation. “Millions of households, their appliances and businesses need to be connected to the power grid in an increasingly decentralised energy system. E.ON One supports our customers on this journey and can draw on a portfolio of digital solutions from leading scale-ups and E.ON built solutions that have already been successfully deployed on a large scale in Germany and Europe.”
Amid the rapidly changing European energy sector, E.ON One will offer timely support to distribution grid operators by providing a digital twin of the grid via its technology. It will also aid energy retailers, municipal energy utilities, renewable energy providers and e-mobility operators in connecting, steering and optimising their de-central energy resource assets. For this reason, E.ON One also includes two scale-ups gridX and envelio, in each of which E.ON holds a majority stake.
According to E.ON’s press release, E.ON One focuses on three business areas that are fundamental to a successful energy transition. First, against a background of many grid connection requests, the energy flows in the grid must be kept in balance. Considering the significant number of decentralised energy generators, electric cars and heat pumps, this represents a major challenge and leads to the second business area: the operation of energy networks. With the increasing volatility in the grid from renewables and additional challenges from the current situation, a stable and reliable operation of distribution grids is more important than ever.
“To solve this problem, E.ON One has developed Brightfield, a data acquisition system which provides real-time visibility on transformer stations”, explained Tim van Amstel, responsible for the management of E.ON One, together with Stefan Huppertz and Marco Rummer.
For the third business area focusing on energy management solutions, E.ON One offers a set of solutions that provides customers more transparency of their consumption and optimises consumption and generation automatically.
To deliver the best possible support in the current situation, E.ON One will provide customers with digitisation modules and upgrades that help to save energy, stabilise grid operations or move energy consumption to less critical time (colloquially termed peak shaving). The modules are offered at no cost during the winter period, between November and March, in order to help customers through the upcoming period.