Publicly Funded Research Projects

 
 

The research teams at IAEW work on a multitude of publicly funded research projects, which, amongst others, are funded by the European Union, the federal government, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen (AiF). The topics of these projects range from classic high-voltage technology research to the modelling and simulation as well as the optimisation and assessment of the technical and economic development and behaviour of the electrical power system, in particular the electric power generation, transmission and distribution, but also profit maximisation, quality of supply and environmental compatibility. Moreover, the areas of electromobility, digitalisation and IT security form an important part of the research projects at IAEW.

The following list gives an overview of our current publicly funded research projects as well as former projects, which have concluded successfully. We wish to express our gratitude to the public entities and program managements for the continuous support of our research.

 

Projects

DemAnDS

Fouding: BMWK

Period: 01.2020 - 01.2024

The research project DemAnDS  investigates and  evaluates the technical feasibility of a local high penetration of converters in transmission grid areas. Within the project, new methods and appropriate testing procedures are being developed and validated to assess and demonstrate system stability in converter-dominated transmission grid areas. These methods enable the examination of current and planned operational, control, and protection concepts for their conformity within system stability and their interaction with various active system components.

Transmission Grids and Energy Economics

Viswaja Yellisetti

High Voltage Technology

Sarah Anhaus
Lars Osterkamp

 

 

Fuel Science Center EXC 2186

Fouding: DFG

Period: 01.2019 - 12.2025

The Fuel Science Center aims via basic research to investigate the entire value chain of novel liquid energy carriers. These energy carriers are to be based on renewable electricity, biomass-based raw materials and CO2 and enable highly efficient and clean combustion. For example, the Fuel Science Center will investigate the molecular composition of these novel energy carriers, the engine combustion, the environmental impact and toxicity, but also the influences and interactions with the energy system. In this context, UEW is investigating the impact of these synthetic fuels on the design and operation of the European energy system. 

Transmission Grids and Energy Economics

Julian Walter

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HVDC-WISE

Fouding: EU

Period: 10.2022 - 04.2026

The HVDC-WISE research project explores concepts and identifies solutions to foster the development of large HVDC based transmission grid infrastructures and to investigate the benefits in terms of reliability and resilience for the existing electrical system so that the upcoming amount of renewable energy can be integrated into the interconnected system. For this purpose, based on the TSO requirements for reliability and resilience, different HVDC grid architectures are evaluated using three realistic use cases.

Transmission Grids and Energy Economics

Martin Knechtges

High Voltage Technology

Sarah Anhaus
Lars Osterkamp
Patrick Düllmann

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HYPOWER

Fouding: BMBF

Period: 12.2022 - 11.2026

The HYPOWER project aims to research the electrical integration of a 100 MW electrolysis plant. It is part of the H2Giga platform and seeks to gain insights for integrating a gigawatt-scale electrolysis plant into the power grid. The project covers grid-related and control engineering issues, experimental investigations, and provides an outlook on future scenarios of electrolysis plants up to a gigawatt nominal power.

Transmission Grids and Energy Economics

Carolin Guntermann

High Voltage Technology

Aleksandra Wiecha
Frederik Mingers
Thomas Heynen

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Markus Stroot
Alexander Winkens

 

InnOpTEM

Fouding: BMWK

Period: 07.2022 - 06.2025

The planning and operation of the transmission grid is characterized by uncertainties due to the increasing share of feed-in from supply-dependent plants. By adapting the network topology, it is possible to control power flows in transmission network operation, to reduce network congestion if necessary, and to reduce potentially cost-intensive redispatch measures. Due to the high problem complexity, topological measures are not optimized together with other measures today. In the InnOpTEM research project, solution approaches that evaluate and optimize switching state changes and redispatch measures in an integrated procedure by simulation are designed and implemented.

Transmission Grids and Energy Economics

Fabian Meißner

 

ISGAN Annex 6

Fouding: BMWK

Period: 10.2021 - 09.2024

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) is an international platform for experts to develop and share knowledge and expertise on smart and flexible power grids of the future. ISGAN's national experts come from 26 countries and include engineers, scientists, and industry and policy leaders and decision makers. In collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA), ISGAN is committed to identifying advanced technologies and operational concepts. Within thematically clustered working groups, international knowledge exchange is promoted and coordination between stakeholders is facilitated. IAEW participates together with ACS in working group 6 "Power Transmission & Distribution Systems".

Transmission Grids and Energy Economics

Christian Ziesemann

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Felix Gaumnitz

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PROGRESS

Fouding: BMWK

Period: 06.2022 - 11.2025

In PROGRESS, the practical testing of the curative operation of high-voltage and extra-high-voltage grids is carried out. The necessary functional models for determining and coordinating curative measures will be developed and then prototypically implemented in field tests and laboratory setups. This includes the consideration of redundancy concepts for curative measures, dynamic security assessment and stability restrictions, as well as the modeling of distribution grids in curative system operation.

Transmission Grids and Energy Economics

Tobias Sous

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Florian Klein-Helmkamp

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QUIRINUS-Control

Fouding: BMWK

Period: 06.2022 - 05.2026

The goal of the QUIRINUS-Control project is the objective evaluation and thus the future safeguarding of the power quality against the background of the replcement of fossile power plants and the integration of inverter-based plants in the Rhenish mining are. For this purpose, a Wide Area Monitoring System (WAMS) will be developed in the entire project, and corresponding measuring devices will be placed in the Rhenish mining area and integrated into the WAMS. In the course of this, prototype measurement systems will be developed that use new methods for data pre-processing and data compression.

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Florian Schmidtke

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Beautiful

Fouding: BMBF

Period: 01.2023 - 12.2025

The goal is to systematically record the stress levels of grid control room personnel using cognitive measurement technology in order to develop ergonomic assistance systems based on this information. For the investigation and testing of the assistance systems, control room simulators are used, which are newly developed within the scope of the project.

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Armin Fatemi

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VeN²uS

Fouding: BMWK

The aim of the VeN²uS (VerNetzte NetzschUtzSysteme) research project is to investigate an adaptive and networked protection system and to test it in laboratory and field tests. This includes research into resilient and reliable communication and novel protection testing concepts.  With the adaptive protection system, the protection parameters of the protection devices are to be automatically adjusted in the event of power flow shifts and topology changes in order to ensure safe grid operation.

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Antigona Selimaj

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FEN FlexGrids

Fouding: BMBF

Period: 05.2020 - 04.2025

The project FlexGrids as part of the Research Campus Flexible Electrical Networks (FEN) aims for the investigation of future grid structures with a special focus on direct current (DC) technology. For this, planning methods for DC and hybrid AC/DC distribution grids are developed and technological as well as systemic degrees of freedom are considered. Furthermore, in the context of operational simulations, flexibility and coordination potentials of these novel grid structures are analyzed.

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Julian Saat

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BeNutz LaSA

Fouding: BMWK

In the BeNutz LaSA project, the price sensitivity of vehicle drivers with regard to the tariff structure of public charging stations is investigated. Based on this price sensitivity, incentive models are being developed to encourage charging behavior that makes more efficient use of the existing charging infrastructure. For example, charging processes are to be shifted to evening and night hours.

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Chris Vertgewall

Q-SWOP

Fouding: BMWK

Period: 10.2018 - 06.2024

In the Q-SWOP project, a procedure for sector-coupled planning of residential districts is being further developed. The procedure allows the integrated planning of investment decisions in residential districts under consideration of operational coordination concepts. For further development, measurement values from an demonstration district are used to increase the applicability and practicality of the procedure.

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Klemens Schumann

eMIND

Fouding: BMWK

In the eMIND project, the impact of the rollout of public charging infrastructure on the electrical grids is investigated. To reduce overloads, a load management system is being developed that takes into account both the needs of vehicle drivers and the limits of the grid.

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Chris Vertgewall

Cities in Charge

Fouding: BMWK

In the Cities in Charge project, a large number of public charging stations will be installed in major German cities and along main transport axes. The task of IAEW (AEV) is to analyze the grid impact of public charging infrastructure and to investigate the potential of smart charging control on distribution grid utilization and to develop representative, georeferenced and synthetic grid models.

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Chris Vertgewall

Transportation in Charge

Fouding: BMWK

The goal is to plan and conceptualize the charging infrastructure (CIS) and its use for electric commercial vehicles in business parks. In this context, vehicle charging needs to be cost-effective, safe, practicable and demand-oriented. The practicality of this CIS dimensioning will be tested by field tests. In the context of the electrification of commercial mobility, the perspectives of local companies, municipalities and cities, grid operators, CIS operators and CIS users must be taken into account. 

Active Energy Distribution Grids

Andreas Bong

HVDC-BLADE

Period: 10.2021 - 09.2023

The shutdown of large conventional power plants in the course of the energy transition and the increased integration of renewable energies, most of which are integrated via converters, present major challenges to the energy supply system and increasingly lead to systems operating at the stability limit. In order to enable safe system operation and, in particular, system recovery in the event of a blackout (i.e. a 'black start'), the renewable energies integrated via converters are to assume grid-supporting functions. The HVDC-BLADE research project therefore investigates and demonstrates the black start capability of HVDC-connected offshore wind farms and derives the requirements for future black start capable systems.

High Voltage Technology

Christopher Klein

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FEN - ESCape

Fouding: BMBF

Period: 05.2020 - 04.2025

As part of the ESCape project "Unified protection architecture for DC grids at system and component level" at the FEN "Flexible Electrical Networks" research campus, a technology demonstrator of a medium-voltage DC hybrid circuit breaker is being developed on the basis of previously investigated equipment requirements. For this purpose, extensive simulations of a novel actuator as well as experimental breaking tests are carried out in an innovative test laboratory for DC circuit breakers.

High Voltage Technology

Philipp Wienkamp

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FEN - Scale

Fouding: BMBF

Period: 05.2020 - 04.2025

Within the framework of the research campus FEN " Flexible Elektrische Netze", different solid insulation materials are characterized in the subproject ScaLE at IAEW with regard to their properties under medium-frequency voltage loads. In addition to sinusoidal voltages, the investigations focus in particular on square-wave voltages and the influence of individual voltage parameters.

High Voltage Technology

Jan Vocke

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ElektrA

Fouding: BMWK

Period: 07.2023 - 10.2025

In the ElektrA project, the aging behavior of different casting compounds for power electronic applications under electrothermal load is being investigated. The casting compounds are first subjected experimentally to accelerated aging without modification, and in the next phase micro-scale fillers are added to improve the thermal properties of the materials.

High Voltage Technology

Mikail Kacar