Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH (Germany) was named a winner of the The smarter E AWARD 2023 in the Category "Outstanding Projects" for its FlexNet-EkO project.
Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen’s FlexNet EkO project in Germany’s Bobritzsch-Hilbbersdorf district showcases a pathway to smarter and greener distribution networks.
Working with MITNETZ STROM and regional researchers, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen demonstrated how grid operators can incorporate larger shares of renewable energy, stabilize voltage and frequency, and enhance overall grid function.
The system combines batteries with power electronic grid connection and grid-forming inverters to decouple and optimize low-voltage grids. This approach is also faster and cheaper to deploy than network and transmission upgrades, accelerating the grid integration of solar, wind, and EVs.
The jury particularly praised the smart concept and the project’s potential to overcome hurdles on the way to the new energy world.