Opening Ceremony for Aachen’s “Fraunhofer Center Digital Energy”
b-it partner institute Fraunhofer FIT, together with Fraunhofer FKIE and professors from the electrical engineering faculty and the computer science department have started a series of major projects around the questions of stability, economic feasibility and attractiveness, technical safety, and IT security of future digitized energy distribution networks. These form the starting point for the “Fraunhofer Center Digital Energy” which brings together the necessary team of electrical engineers, software, data and IT security specialists, all the way up to the level of changing business processes under novel business models accompanying the growing chances and risks of renewable energy. The Center will be hosted in a new building on the RWTH Aachen University Industry Campus Melaten. In a ceremony held on April 28, 2020, BMBF State Secretary Thomas Rachel handed over a 5,1 mio. Euro grant for the first part of the initial planning and infrastructure set-up for the Center to the initiators and b-it Directors Prof. Stefan Decker and Matthias Jarke. Speeches by several leading personalities from politics (including prime minister Armin Laschet), research management, and business at the ceremony (in German) as well as general information about the Center and its early projects can be found under www.digitale-energie.fraunhofer.