Power Electronics, Grids and Smart Systems

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In the business area Power Electronics, Grids and Smart Systems, our work focuses on the following research topics:

In its work on Power Electronics, Grids and Intelligent Systems, Fraunhofer ISE addresses technologies to transform the electricity system. This requires a thorough analysis of the current electricity system. We contribute to its transparency also for the general public, with our online evaluation tool “Energy Charts”. Scenarios for the transformation are defined in our REMOD study, which forms the basis for our research on new technologies for the electricity grid of the future. 

Now that renewable energy sources dominate electricity generation, the present focus is on converting the transport and building sectors. As a result of increasing sector integration, the electricity grid is becoming the central hub for integrating renewable energy. The digitalization needed to do this is implemented with the aid of power electronics and smart-grid technologies. 

Power electronics is a key technology to integrate renewable energy and storage units. In addition, the expansion of electromobility increases the demand for power  conversion systems. By applying the most recently developed semiconductors, these have become extremely compact and efficient. In our new test facility in the "Center for Power Electronics and Sustainable Grids", we are working on grid-compliant behavior of converters and so-called “grid-forming” inverters.

Communication and interconnection of energy systems is also becoming increasingly important. In our new “Digital Grid Lab”, we address the interoperability and digitalization of energy systems, whereby artificial intelligence methods are playing an important role. This development process is supported today by powerful approaches like “Power Hardware in the Loop” (PHIL). We are thus in the position to offer our clients the development and characterization of converters and the control technology for the next generation of energy systems.

 

 

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On this topic from our research blog »Innovation4E«:

Fighting the Losses: Power Electronics for Energy Storage Applications

Blog post by Stephan Liese

Stephan LieseIn the wake of the changeover to renewables in the energy and transport sectors, storage systems are a key technology. They will play a major role in the energy transformation, from balancing the fluctuating feed-in from renewables through to making a 100 % renewable energy supply possible. Also in the transport sector, storage is crucial for electric mobility. For all these storage applications, power electronics is decisive for providing power conditioning and the interface for increasingly intelligent and complex energy and transport systems.

Read more on blog.innovation4e.de

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Christof Wittwer

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Prof. Dr. Christof Wittwer

Power Electronics, Grids and Smart Systems, Energy System Analysis (prov.)

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5115

Bruno Burger

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Prof. Dr. Bruno Burger

Power Electronics; Energy-Charts; New Devices and Technologies

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5237

Stephan Liese

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Stephan Liese

Power Converter Systems

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5890

Sönke Rogalla

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Dr. Sönke Rogalla

Inverters in Power Grids

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5454

Robert Kohrs

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Dr. Robert Kohrs

Smart Grids

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5708

Christoph Kost

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Dr. Christoph Kost

Energy Economics of Energy Systems, Techno-Economic Assessment of Energy Technologies, Energy System Models

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5750

Gerhard Stryi-Hipp

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Gerhard Stryi-Hipp

Smart Cities and Sustainable Energy Systems for Cities and Districts

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg

Phone +49 761 4588-5686

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