Advanced Control Methods for Power Systems and HiL


Team Leader: Ilka Jahn



The future electricity network envisioned by READY4DC will be characterized by a growing role of multi-terminal multi-vendor (MTMV) HVDC solutions within the current AC transmission networks both onshore and offshore. READY4DC is contributing to this synergistic process by enabling commonly agreed definitions of interoperable modelling tools, model sharing platforms, clear processes for ensuring interoperability, and an appropriate legal and political framework. The project partners are: ENTSO-E, University of Groningen , SuperGrid Institute, T&D Europe, Tennet and WindEurope. More


REDeFINE - REflex-based Distributed Frequency control for power Networks

REDeFINE is a DFG-funded research project with the goal of developing distributed frequency control for future power grids. Within the project, especially approaches of model predictive control and the interaction with grid-forming converters are investigated. Communication systems play an important role and the influence of communication delays as well as data loss will be analyzed. The project is conducted in cooperation with the communication chair COMSYS of RWTH and with the partner project aDaptioN in the USA. More


FEN ESCape: Einheitliche Schutzarchitektur für DC-Netze auf System- und Komponentenebene

A mature protection architecture for smart power grids of the future, in particular direct current (DC) grids, is the key to the broad acceptance and market penetration of these grids. Requirements based on application scenarios will be evaluated for the necessary protection architecture, and the individual protection components. In addition, the higher-level coordination of all components involved in protection will be adapted to these requirements. Furthermore, the individual faults must be automatically detected, localized and cleared. In turn, reliable protection components are required to clear the faults, depending on the requirements imposed by the grid used. More


Frequency Dynamics in Low-Inertia Power Grids

Frequency Dynamics in Low-Inertia Power Grids" is a DFG funded research project with the goal of establishing collaborative scientific relationship with partners abroad. Within the framework of this project, Dr. Laith Shalalfeh, of the German Jordanian University in Amman (Jordan) and the researchers at ACS aim to apply advanced data analytics on PMU data to understand the frequency dynamics in power grids with different penetration levels of renewables. More


FEN DC-Sek: Control and Automation of Hybrid AC/DC Distribution Grids, with consideration of Cyber-physical Security Aspects

High integration of power electronics-interfaced distributed energy resources (DER) is a key factor of the energy transition in the modern power systems. This can be facilitated through DC systems, integrated in the existing AC distribution grids, forming hybrid AC/DC networks. More


ENSURE - Neue EnergieNetzStruktURen für die Energiewende (New Energy Network Structures for the Energiewende)

ENSURE is one of the four Kopernikus-Projects launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in 2016, as the largest research initiative for the implementation of the Energiewende, and one of the few that bring together the strongest (interdisciplinary and partly competing) partners from industry, research and teaching (institutes of the RWTH, KIT, E.ON, TenneT, SIEMENS, ABB, and 17 other participants are involved).

The aim of ENSURE's research is to find the optimal mixture of central and decentralized supply, exploit new power electronic technologies (phase shifters, UPFCs, HVDC) and ICT technologies and develop cross-sectoral operational concepts (that consider electricity and gas networks), which enable a reliable and efficient energy supply with more than 80% share of renewable energy. More