The rapidly advancing digitization and automation process will pave the way for the transformation of our energy system toward a highly flexible, decentralized and sustainable system. The interaction of generation, transport, storage and consumption require both local digitization through intelligent components, complete digitization and networking of the supply system, and networking of the overall system at a higher level. Enormous innovations in the field of digitization will be required to make the future energy system sustainable, secure and affordable in a liberalized market environment.
In addition to structural changes in the energy industry, it is important to identify trends and disruptive technologies that allow for a dynamic transformation of our energy system. The research topic of energy informatics offers many opportunities to develop software architectures, applications and new functionalities of intelligent components. The basic prerequisite for the successful development of innovative technologies is a fundamental understanding and in-depth detailed knowledge of the structure and functioning of the energy supply system, coupled with expert knowledge from information and communication technology.