Federal Ministry of Economis and Energy (BMWi)

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Projektträger Jülich (PtJ)
Project head: Dr. Hermann Stelzer, Dr. Wolfgang Rolshofen, Dr. Gesine Arends
Phone: +49 2461 61-8959
Email: ptj-zukunftsnetze(at)


FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz-Institut für Informationsinfrastruktur GmbH
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

Company information

Management: Sabine Brünger-Weilandt, Managing Director
Registered office: Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
Commercial register: Local Court (Amtsgericht) of Mannheim, HRB 101892
VAT ID no.: DE143582161

Design and information concept

Löwenholz kommunikation
Stefan Leonards und Rüdiger Buchholz GbR

Technical conceptual design and realisation

form4 GmbH & Co. KG

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Basic information

The energy generated in a grid must always be equal to the energy consumed. The ancillary services are tasked with ensuring this.


Virtual power plants, active distribution grids, smart meters and adaptive protection systems – here you can find information about the most important aspects of smart grids.


What do direct and alternating current mean? How do they differ and what are the advantages and disadvantages?


How is our power grid structured? What sort of networks are there? What do security and quality of supply mean?