The transition to renewables is one necessary step amongst many in the move to a more
sustainable society. The goal is to lower human consumption of natural resources to a level that no longer exceeds the regenerative capability of the Earth. This position paper is aimed at stakeholders in industry, research and politics. The goal is to
provide them with insights into the concept of a manufacturer-agnostic, open direct current (DC) grid as the basis for resolving the challenges associated with industrial power supply. The more than 40 partners who participated in the DC-INDUSTRIE and DC-INDUSTRIE 2 projects, funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWK) since 2016, have jointly defined and investigated the fundamental characteristics of DC infrastructure for industry.