One of the largest network operators in the region was launched at the beginning of 2018 under the name Regionetz. We are a German company with just under 600 employees and combine all tasks relating to construction, operation, network management, asset and meter management in the areas of electricity, gas, heat and water networks in the city of Aachen, the Aachen city region and parts of the Heinsberg and Düren districts. In Aachen, we also take over operational management of the wastewater sector.
Regionetz GmbH has supported electric mobility from the very beginning. We now have over 130 e-vehicles in our fleet and the corresponding charging facilities. Bidirectional charging is of great importance to us in the future. E-vehicles with their powerful batteries are an important building block in the ecological transformation in Germany and Europe: load peaks in the grid on the consumption side, but also on the generation side (wind, sun) are smoothed out, virtual power plants are built, self-generated solar power is stored. XL-Connect is a very important European project and will provide us with a multitude of new insights. The city of Aachen with the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) and numerous research/development and industrial companies, is a leader in the field of electromobility in Germany.
What in XL-CONNECT?
Regionetz GmbH will procure the bidirectional test vehicles and the charging infrastructure in the project, set up the latter on its own premises, connect it to the laboratories of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH), to our state-of-the-art network control centre and to the backend server of the project partners. In addition, we are upgrading our grid control centre with special hardware and software for the grid-serving control of bidirectional charging processes.
“The XL-CONNECT project helps us to gain valuable insights into bidirectional charging as an important part of the ecological transformation of energy systems in Germany and Europe.”