The VDE and state South Korean energy company KEPCO wish to strengthen collaboration in the field of renewable energies in science, standardization, and application. To that end, both partners have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Berlin. As a first step, the VDE advised KEPCO on building a smart metering system in South Korea. "Since South Korea is not connected to other countries due to political and geographic reasons, a large-scale balance of demand and generation–like in Europe–is not possible. As such, South Korea’s approach is an intelligent measuring system that allows for secure control of demand and generation in the distribution grid as a building block for the integration of renewable energies. And this is precisely where the VDE assists KEPCO with their experiences from the German energy transition and their expertise in science, standardization, testing, and application", says Michael Teigeler, Managing Director of the VDE-supported standards organization, DKE. As part of the "system approach", the VDE has been collaborating on the European Commission’s mandates for several years, where they introduced successful German solutions for future energy systems. Thanks to VDE application rules, standards, and information, VDE experts made new concepts and innovative technologies for power grid operation suitable for everyday use. "And the VDE Institute tests and certifies complete systems with their test machines", adds Teigeler.
Furthermore, both partners strive to expand cooperation with regard to planning, operating and controlling distributed grid systems and in issues such as digital transformation, smart city, and total metering. At the same time, there is a focus on collaboration in science and research in the technology sector, regular interactions between experts from both contractual parties at events, and mutual continuous education. Michael Teigeler, Managing Director of the VDE-supported standards organization DKE, and Keun Hang Lee, Vice President of KEPCO, provided their signatures as part of a festive ceremony in Berlin’s Hotel Adlon.