About the ENS

ENS, founded in March 2019, has developed a distributed and secure electronic code allocation system for the energy sector. Just as the domain name system (DNS) enables the internet to operate the way it works and scales today, we bring this advance to the energy sector with the Energy Name System (ENS) ®. ENS is not meant to replace national code systems i.e. BDEW / DVGW or the German Marktstammdatenregister, yet the goal is to unify these code systems into one single addressable system. ENS all-embracing objective is to fast-track the global evolution to a decentralized, democratized, low carbon, and digitalized robust energy system. Our unique approach is that we leverage the technology advance of the DNS to enable the operation, optimization and allocation of energy in so-called "hybrid grids" by linking the Energy Name System ® maintained by ENS Energy GmbH with regional trading mechanisms and real-time smart metering.

ENS offers an open-source, free and publicly-accessible Energy Name System (ENS).


Previous research projects like SmartWatts, funded by the German BMWi in 2011 already envisioned that. Even a DIN specification was defined, with the DIN SPEC 91214 for worldwide identification and naming of assets in the "internet" of energy. However, neither the standard nor the research project were ever truly implemented. The energy market still operates with national naming by private institutions like the BDEW in Germany or E-Control in Austria. These naming systems are restrictive in nature, being confined to the national borders of these countries.

This, perhaps, might be one of the biggest opportunities that distributed renewable energy systems bring to the table. If we are successful in enabling distributed markets for these energy systems, the allocation of energy will happen at a local level and lower the said transportation, distribution and transaction costs. To achieve this, the market will need a common naming infrastructure, much like the domain name system (DNS) of today’s internet. Without the DNS, the internet would simply cease to exist. More simply: the DNS system, as it operates today, provides a common layer to support the establishment of communication and authentication between different nodes (i.e. servers, client devices, network components, etc.). This structure, we believe, can be successfully applied to Europe's and the global energy network.

So this is our goal: Millions of distributed assets generate, store, consume and interchange energy in a local and pan-European network. For that we need to replace the national naming systems with a European Energy Network System (ENS) that provides services like the DNS structure