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The first step: Energy Bands as a pilot project

Energy Bands can be implemented regionally or even within the framework of one or more municipalities. However, in view of the creation of a European Internet, it is advisable to first commission a research institute to define standards for interfaces of such fragmented energy generating units, so that the coalescence of the Energy Band landscape is also possible without problems in the distant future.


In addition, it makes sense to have standardized installation processes for Energy Bands developed, for example by a consortium of companies. This must work closely with the Autobahn-GmbH in order to align all sub-processes of planning and installation to the flexible work with construction vehicles on highways and federal trunk roads.



The challenge of implementation: Depending on the route, different players have to be brought to the table by the respective Energy Bands operator

Installation of Energy Bands should be done exclusively from construction vehicles and should not involve the closure of highways and federal roads

The construction vehicle convoy for the Energy Bands can be protected from traffic by trucks with LED warning signs similar to those used for plant pruning along the highways: There, in advance, usually one or two cars with LED warning signs on the hard shoulder alert traffic to a speed limit of 80 or 60 kilometers per hour and to the expected temporary (and mobile) closure of the left lane. A few hundred meters further on, another vehicle is driving with another flashing warning sign. The work vehicles drive in front of this "warning column" at walking speed and perform their work while the traffic slows down. A flexible system suitable for the simple construction of the Energy Bands, especially since the largest elements of them, the poles, are only 7 meters long.


2.Foundation excavation and trenching for pipelines

3.Place prefabricated concrete foundations

4.Install masts on it

5.Fasten connections between poles

6.Attach photovoltaic modules on it

7.If necessary, place wind turbines on the masts and in the spaces between them.

8.Wiring by electricians incl. transformer installations

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Energy Bands are extremely easy to implement and differ from solar farms in terms of cost only by their elevation on poles and by longer cable runs - but this is compensated by their foundation on public land and the numerous forms of volatility compensation they offer

All communities and industrial sites in Germany should examine their Energy Band options. This involves working through long checklists:

1.Which Energy Bands are suitable per section: single-sided, double-sided, with or without cross bands, with or without wind turbines?

2.Are there businesses and communities in the region or along the segments that have complementary load profiles?

3.Or rather, what is their respective focus in their energy needs, i.e. electricity vs. hydrogen?

4.What other networking opportunities exist for the Energy Bands along their routes?

5.How is the route segmentation designed in terms of

-Transfer stations to industrial sites and communities or to substations

-Other customers or electricity consumers along the routes (filling stations, businesses, agriculture, etc.)

-Storage locations such as pumped hydroelectric power plants.

-Storage options such as electrolysers with hydrogen tanks

-What battery landscapes need to be kept on hand for nighttime needs?

-How to design the corresponding transformer landscape?

-Accordingly, what should be the voltage of the high-current cables in the ground?

6.Are there interfaces with other Energy Bands from other regions? Existing or to be expected?

7.Should the Energy Bands of the respective communities be designed from the outset to grow together to form the Europe Energy Internet?

8.If so, how can synergies best be realized in advance?


It is worthwhile for all municipalities and industrial sites in Germany to examine the potential of Energy Bands in their region 


Conclusion: As soon as the technical design and possibilities of the Energy Bands have been tested in an area with the first pilot lines, a fundamental decision should be made as to whether the Energy Bands need to comply with standards that allow them to be installed in a decentralized and self-directed manner in the short term, but should be designed as a "critical infrastructure" for a medium-term coming together: as an „Energy Internet“ for Germany and/or the whole of Europe