IES in a nutshell


Interoperability is a key factor for the successful transition of the energy system.

The Initiative IES - Integrating the Energy System provides a common understanding and a unified framework to develop and reuse solutions for data exchange: interoperability profiles instead of proprietary solutions. The transparency of the process ensures a sustainable investment protection for vendors and fosters competition, increases product quality and performance at lower costs.


The IES-approach

IES implements a transparent, vendor-neutral and cooperative modular process chain to specify interoperability profiles for ICT-systems in the energy sector (see Fig. 1). By initiating a cross-sector knowledge exchange, the initiative IES draws from 15 years of experience and know-how in the healthcare sector, where systems interoperability has been implemented for a long time. In the global organization Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise IHE, manufacturers and users work together in a participatory process to ensure the interoperability of relevant ICT systems. Experiences from the healthcare sector showed that the profiling approach harmonizes the use-cases that software products need to comply. Hence, vendors and customers need fewer resources to integrate new components into an existing IT-landscape.


The three pillars of the IES Interoperability Process

IES provides the framework for the development of integration profiles to specify the data transfer, based on real world use cases and normative use of existing standards (pillar profiles). After the implementation of these integration profiles, IES provides software tools for vendors to test their products on interoperability and conformity to the applied standards (pillar tests).Developed IES integration profiles are online available, as well as successful test results (pillar results).