Explanation of issues addressed by National 5G Energy Hub

In the first step of the research project, software and hardware will be developed that enable the communication from energetic applications to higher-level system components. With this new toolbox, all users of this technology will in future have secure communication access to energetic systems and applications. This will enable public institutions and companies to offer new products and services in the energy sector directly after the planned introduction of the 5G standard in 2020.

The 5G technology will contribute to the regional coordination of local electrical and thermal consumption and production and with the help of scalable CLOUD applications will enable the regional load balancing. This encourages the use of volatile regenerative energy and the allocation of generation and storage systems can take place dynamically. Furthermore, the utilization of operating resources can be increased and the stability of the energy supply system improved. Automated monitoring of these technical systems, which can be used for preventive maintenance, is also one of the possible applications of this new communication platform.

The project is divided into three phases. The first project phase starts this year and runs until the beginning of 2020. During this time, the basic techniques and software modules for the use of 5G technology in the energy sector will be developed. The second phase of the project will focus on the transfer to products and services (2020-2024), with particular support for medium-sized companies in their efforts to digitise products and services. In the subsequent field test phase (2025-2028), further applications will be developed to solve the problems arising in the course of energy system transformation.


Team of the N5GEH (Photo: RWTH Aachen


TU Dresden / Institute of Power Engineering
PD Dr.-Ing. habil. J. Seifert
Tel.: +49 (0) 351 463-34909

RWTH Aachen – E.ON Energy Research Center
Prof. Dr.-Ing. D. Müller
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 8049761