Resiliency and Interoperability in Smart Grids

 

The Smart Grid and, more generally, power systems, are examples of complex adaptive systems. A coupled infrastructure of electric, communication, and other networks is built and operated to provide electric energy to consumer with a high reliability. However, heterogeneous components in these networks, mutual interdependencies and numerous different interactions between components pose a constant challenge to this goal. The continuous integration of new technologies and protocols as well as novel approaches for grid operation add to this challenge. Our team is dedicated to address these challenges by

 
  • Investigating algorithms for Fault Localization, Isolation and Service Restoration, as well as fault-tolerant control approaches, for self-healing grids
  • Evaluating reliability and resiliency of power systems based on Complex Network Analysis and stochastic modelling
  • Applying Global Sensitivity Analysis to identify critical components and investigate the propagation of uncertainty
  • Design experiments for interoperability testing

Team Leader: Nikolaus Wirtz

 

Research Projects of the Team

 

Open DEI

The Digital Transformation strategy of the European Union has, among others, a particular priority: the creation of common data platforms based on a unified architecture and an established standard. Manufacturing, agriculture, energy and healthcare represent key fields for the deployment of the EU strategy for digitalisation. More

 

PlatOne

PlatOne is a H2020 European Project, which aims at defining new approaches to increase the observability of renewable energy resources and of the less predictable loads while exploiting their flexibility. PlatOne will develop advanced management platforms to unlock grid flexibility and realize an open and non-discriminatory market, linking users, aggregators, and operators. The solutions developed in the project will be tested in European field trials as well as in the ACS laboratory. More

 

ALigN - Ausbau von Ladeinfrastruktur durch gezielte Netzunterstützung

ALigN aims at reducing NOx and CO2 emission in the city of Aachen by promoting electro-mobility with demand-oriented development and expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. More

 

FISMEP – FIWARE for Smart Energy Platform

Not only due to the arrival of the mainly automated “digital age“, but also given the integration of renewable and decentralized energy as well as the merging of electric and thermal domains, the energy sector has an increasing need for flexibility. The EU project “FISMEP“ (FIWARE for Smart Energy Platform) targets this need by developing a cloud-based, service-oriented open source software platform (also referred to as FIWARE technology) to facilitate an efficient, automated and sustainable energy supply for single buildings as well as municipalities. More

 

DEFENDER - Defending the European Energy Infrastructures

DEFENDER addresses the emerging challenges associated with the proactive protection and fast restoration to mitigate physical or cyber incidents or attacks and most importantly combined cyber-physical attacks of the power transmission and distribution grid network infrastructure, which lies at the heart of any Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI). More