Optimal planning enables the grid expansion to be kept as small as possible. In these projects, the engineers are researching, for example, new planning processes.

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09.12.2015 – The program autonomously optimised distribution technologies, grid expansion and storage systems.


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Planning principles for extended stability considerations in the European power grid

With the amendment to the German law for prioritising renewable energies (Renewable Energy Sources Act - EEG) from 2012, the expansion of renewable energy conversion units has been further promoted.

The proactive distribution grid

Traffic light concept for more efficient distribution grids

The project combines energy markets and networks based on the BDEW traffic light. Through a new platform, grid operators can access (load and generation) flexibility, prevent local network congestion and optimise network planning.


Automated grid expansion planning in the distribution network

The power grid is no longer a one-way street. The expansion of photovoltaic systems and wind turbines and other controlled decentralised systems for electricity generation, storage and use make for new tasks that distribution network must carry out: they must not only distribute electricity, but integrate it as coming from decentralised systems.


Economic and technical comparison of static voltage stability

Up until a few years ago, voltage problems were often resolved through expensive conventional grid expansion measures. In the meantime, individual innovative concepts for static voltage stability are often employed.


A reliable power supply of the future

The research project AEwene aims to contribute to determining the expected future security of supply of German distribution networks.


Probability statements about the grid

The grids in Germany are becoming increasingly complex. They must meet new requirements. Probability statements can determine the essence of many future requirements.


Geographical and temporal description of solar feed-in

Due to the expansion of renewable energy, transmission systems and distribution grids are more heavily loaded than they were in the past. Geographic analysis and accurate understanding of the energy flows under different boundary conditions are the core objective of the research project GEOWISOL.


Opportunities and risks of grid-independence in Germany

In the course of the energy transition, there are rural efforts to meet energy needs through self-generated renewable electricity.


Detecting harmonics in the grid

Feed-in via power electronics leads to grid harmonics. The NetzHarmonie project aims to identify these harmonics, and then remove them in a second step.


Coupling grid and market simulations for grid planning

Unified planning of the generation and transportation of energy is no longer possible. This means that not only the electricity grid but also the electricity markets now play an important role in ensuring economically efficient energy supplies.

Green Access

Intelligent distribution grids ensure improved integration of renewable energy sources

The Green Access project is focussing on creating an intelligent distribution grid. The researchers are primarily working on improving the adaptive monitoring and control algorithms, intelligent control systems and a grid-friendly infrastructure. The scientists are aiming to design the grid so that it can independently adapt itself to future load and infeed changes and varying grid topologies.


Establishing offshore grids in the North Sea

This project is aimed at analysing and assessing different market and grid connection variants for offshore electricity grids in terms of how the variants impact on the German energy supply system and the superordinate European interconnected power system.


Secure electricity grids with information and communication technologies

The SEnCom project aims to reveal security- and reliability-relevant challenges in integrating communication infrastructure in the distribution grids. The project is concerned with analysing both the possibility of external interventions in the information and communication (ICT) systems as well as their impacts on the grid operations.

MONA 2030

Optimising grids economically

The MONA 2030 project is aimed at providing a system-wide comparison of grid-optimising measures. This comparison is intended to make a significant contribution to predictive grid planning that correspondingly takes into account the different facets of the energy generation.


Multilevel expansion of grids

The power grid in Germany is facing major challenges. On the one hand, increasingly more decentralised electricity generators are feeding power into the low- and medium-voltage grids. On the other hand, the transport of energy over long distances is unavoidable in order to transport, for example, energy generated offshore to the load centres. Within this context, the joint KonVeTrO project is investigating how the energy supply system must be expanded in order to meet these challenges.


Robust optimisation of electricity supply systems

With the switch to an energy provision that in its ultimate version is intended to be fed almost exclusively from renewable sources, the ‘uncertainties’ provided by these sources are posing considerable challenges. ‘Uncertainty’ in this context means that the output from renewable energies is dominated by factors that can be extremely difficult to predict with reasonable accuracy.


Depicting European transmission grids for scientific research

Until now, reliable data for the transmission systems in Europe has not been generally available. That complicates research activities, such as those relating to the optimal design of electricity grids and the network planning of energy systems.


Securely determining residual loads and expanding the grid in accordance with needs

In the STERN research project under the direction of Dr Carsten Pape, researchers are working on depicting the residual load curve as precisely as possible in order to analyse the future electricity supply system. The term residual load refers to the power demanded minus the simultaneous capacity generated by intermittent renewable energy sources. This remaining part of the electricity requirement needs to be met by controllable power plants and imports.


Smart distribution grids for more flexibility

The overarching project outcome is a generalised description method and automation architecture for electrical energy supply grids. The special feature about it is that it meets the required flexibility, adaptability and sustainability in terms of an evolutionary development process for smart grids.


Securely integrating wind farm clusters in the grid

High-sea wind farms offer significant advantages for the electricity production: the wind conditions remote from the coasts are much more uniform and there is much more space than inland. But how can the wind farms be sensibly integrated into the existing electricity grid?


Preparing the European power grid for renewable energies

How could an optimal power grid in Europe look like? When considered in isolation, – i.e. in terms of a theoretical reconstruction – this question can be answered relatively easily. GENESYS2 is considering, however, how the existing power grid can be optimally expanded.


Basic information

The energy generated in a grid must always be equal to the energy consumed. The ancillary services are tasked with ensuring this.


Virtual power plants, active distribution grids, smart meters and adaptive protection systems – here you can find information about the most important aspects of smart grids.


What do direct and alternating current mean? How do they differ and what are the advantages and disadvantages?


How is our power grid structured? What sort of networks are there? What do security and quality of supply mean?