Innovative network operation
Along with the electricity grid’s increasing penetration with distributed energy resources an additional integration of novel consumers is to be expected. Heat pumps will be replacing fossil-fired heating units going forward. Additionally, both private and commercial transportation will become significantly more electrified. These new consumers exhibit fundamentally different consumption patterns. Besides increased temporal concurrency, peak power draw of individual consumers is also growing, especially with high power electric vehicle charging infrastructure and has to be considered in grid planning and operation. Only through a coordinated operation, utilizing grid- and prosumer-side degrees of freedom as flexibilities, the challenges arising from these changes can be addressed appropriately and efficiently.
Using specific use cases and scenarios, cost-optimized system and operation architectures can be developed that consider innovative assets and processes as alternatives to conventional expansion measures.