German CEPIS Member VDE Publishes New Position Papers


German CEPIS Member, Informationstechnische Gesellschaft im Verband der Elektrotechnik Elektronik Informationstechnik (VDE), recently published two new position papers. The first one, entitled ‘The importance of ICT for Germany’, describes how ICT can greatly contribute to the German industry. More particularly smart grids, cities, and homes could deliver substantial economic benefits. The paper argues that in order to fully reap the benefits of these innovations it is necessary have a massive expansion of high-speed broadband as well as a farsighted support. VDE also published another paper on energy information networks and systems which addresses the convergence of ICT and energy infrastructure. This paper describes the main objectives and requirements of distribution network automation in future energy supply system, and it identifies options for future business models for distribution system operators.