Integration of pumped-storage hydroelectric power stations

Pumped-storage hydroelectric power station in Rönkhausen with a power rating of 140 MW.

Energy System Analysis

In the research topic Energy System Analysis, our work focuses on the following fields of work:

Techno-Economic Assessment of Energy Technologies

Market Analysis and Business Models

Planning and Operating Strategies of Power Plants

National and Regional Energy Supply Concepts

Renewable energy technology has developed at breakneck speed in recent years. While prices have sharply fallen, installed capacity has grown to an equivalent extent. In the course of this process, renewable energy sources – photovoltaics and wind power in particular – have not only developed into an important industrial sector worldwide, their growth is also contributing to far-reaching changes in global energy systems. In order to balance out fluctuations in power production from solar and wind sources, ways must be found of aligning supply and demand. This can be achieved through the combined use of different energy technologies, or the integration of storage power plants.

These developments raise research questions that focus primarily on the integration and interplay of renewable energy sources within the system: How can the cost-efficient use of renewable energy resources be achieved in different regions? How can technologies be combined to best meet energy demands? At which points should such developments be supported by the state?

The research topic Energy System Analysis works on finding solutions to questions in both this and similar research fields.

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Dr. Thomas Schlegl

Energiesystemanalyse

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5473

Fax +49 761 4588-9473

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Dr. Christoph Kost

Techno-ökonomische Bewertung von Energietechnologien

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5750

Fax +49 761 4588-9750

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Noha Saad Hussein

Marktanalysen und Geschäftsmodelle

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5081

Fax +49 761 4588-9081

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Dr. Niklas Hartmann

Kraftwerkseinsatzplanung und Betriebsstrategien

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5730

Fax +49 761 4588-9730

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Charlotte Senkpiel

Nationale und regionale Energieversorgungskonzepte

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5078

Fax +49 761 4588-9078

Providing a Sound Basis for Decision Makers

ENTIGRIS with its sub-models for the international, national, regional, municipal and single-unit level

Changing supply and demand structures in the energy sector require analyses based on energy system models which support decision making for operation and management of energy infrastructures such as power plants, storage systems or energy networks. Energy system models analyze all parts of the energy system at various scales

  • Large scale: continental and national energy systems
  • Medium scale: energy systems in regions, cities and communities
  • Small scale: individual units within industrial energy systems

 

Our energy system model, ENTIGRIS, provides decision-making support for the benefit and purpose of:

  • Policy makers & national or regional authorities
  • Utility companies - during the planning and development of systems
  • Industrial technology commercialization
  • Development of strategic energy masterplans for countries, regions, cities, and communities

We offer all kind of research services and consultancy services by applying our models and by using modeling results for our analysis and recommendations.

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