Energy Internet and Quantum Grid

Energy transmission network of the future

Quantum Grid

The Quantum Grid is inspired by the Internet and the success of Internet technology in the telco industries. It brings more flexibility to encounter a dynamic grid behavior.

At GIP Xyna Konferenz 2015 Professor Antonello Monti (RWTH Aachen), Professor Andreas Sumper (CITCEA UPC Barcelona), Helge Meyer (Telekom) and Dr. Bernd Reifenhäuser (GIP) talked about on the revolution in the energy sector.

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Since 2008, the GIP is following the idea of a Quantum Grid, the energy network of the future – packet-based, self-organized and flexible. 2009, the concept was summed up in a published patent application. The main objective of the European and German energy policy is based on an increasing use of renewable energies with the long-term goal to achieve 100% renewable energy supply. This requires a flexible, dynamic and self-organizing network with decentralized control and intelligent storage solutions.

Initiative Energy Internet

In Europe there are innovative ideas for an energy grid of the future and in Japan the Digital Grid Consortium also gains momentum. We do not want to leave it to the Asian and American companies to develop our future grid as it was during the expansion of the Internet. We are looking for further research institutions, energy network operators, utility companies, energy traders, manufacturers of active network components for electrical transmission networks and manufacturers of storage solutions for the collaboration in the energy network of the future and the packet-based transmission of power.

The Quantum Grid is revolutionary and a quantum leap for the grid technology. This approach has the advantage of greater flexibility and is better deployed in environments with a dynamic network behavior. It is also significantly more resilient than centralized approaches. The Quantum Grid is inspired by the structure of the existing Internet and the success of Internet technology in the telco industry. In the telecommunications industry, self-organization, digitization and package orientation were the key to higher performance, greater network stability and higher scalability.

Grid Technology

The Quantum Grid is self-organized, cell-based, demand-driven and creates the Energy Internet. Independently, this concept has been developed in Germany (GIP Patent granted for USA: US 2012/0059532 A1 | China CN102439812B | Europe EP 2430723 A2 | DE: 102 009 003 173 A, 2009) and Japan (Digital Grid: Communicative Electrical Grids of the Future, IEEE 2011).


  • Energy Routing is a beneficial method to cover the energy requirements locally as far as possible.
  • Temporary differences between production and consumption need intelligent storage concepts and systems. Here the energy-routing offers the possibility to interconnect distributed storages to a virtual storage network.
  • The packet-based energy management will be the source of all energy transport. It is the central element for energy efficiency and thus for the balancing of demand and energy production.
  • A grid made of self-organizing cells (Quantum microgrids) and energy routing algorithms provides great potential for higher grid flexibilities.
  • Energy routing optimizes the existing grid infrastructure, reducing the expenses on its expansion. An active routing concept opens all links as possible routes, not just those with the lowest impedance. In combination with local storage solutions routing is able to compensate the impact of local fluctuations in consumption and production of energy.