Energy System Planning
The European climate protection targets result in challenges for the European energy supply system, that require a further expansion of renewable energies as well as flexibility measures in all sectors of the energy industry. Within the electric transmission grid, this development requires additional transport capacities as well as measures for a higher utilisation of the existing power grid. In addition, for the use of renewable energies within the heat and mobility sector, appropriate coupling with the electric power and natural gas system and a coordinated development of their respective infrastructures is essential. Furthermore, from an economic perspective, the need for coordinating the expansion of renewable power generation facilities and the expansion of energy infrastructure arises.
Against this background, the question arises which design options for the future European energy system will be suitable and economically efficient in order to achieve the climate protection targets while ensuring a high level of security of supply. Therefore, the research group Energy System Planning develops methods to evaluate future energy systems at transport level in terms of security of supply, environmental compatibility and overall economic efficiency. In addition, procedures are developed that optimise the expansion of energy systems for future scenarios in a technology-neutral manner.
Key research topics
- Development of consistent scenarios for the evaluation of future energy systems
- Assessment of energy systems in terms of system security and security of supply
- Expansion planning of novel grid measures for higher utilisation of the transmission grid
- Coordinated expansion of renewable energies and transport capacities within the transmission grid
- Cross-sector optimisation of the energy supply systems
- Interference of AC and DC transmission lines on adjacent infrastructures