For a sustainable, efficient and secure energy supply, we develop new system concepts and investigate system solutions in laboratory and field experiments. One focus of our work is the analysis and evaluation of the operation of distribution networks and applications for smart grids. We develop higher-level control systems for voltage management in distribution grids and optimized energy management systems for grid integration. Renewable energies, electro mobility and cross-sector components are optimized by predicted control concepts using probabilistic weather forecasting. System dynamics of actuators such as controllable transformers (OTC), reactive power regulators or storage systems are considered and optimized. We develop graphical user interfaces for grid operators which visualize power flow and power quality conditions of the grid using state estimating technology.
We use model based design methods to optimize the operation management with individual actuators and load management. Using specific developed tools, individual components and energy supply systems can be monitored in detail. With modern information and communication technology (ICT) and artificial intelligence, we aim to enable the secure and efficient integration of decentralized, renewable energy to the electrical grid and additionally into the communication network. Our expertise in ICT ranges from measurement and condition monitoring of generation and loads, energy flow optimization, communication protocols, plant control, market integration, billing and user feedback.