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

Forschungsprojekte des Teams

Topic and Description Type of Thesis Language Contact
Generation of representative distribution networks based on Complex Network theory Master en Mirko Ginocchi
Implementation and interoperability analysis of a distribution system automation in real time application Bachelor/Master en Amir Ahmadifar
Mirko Ginocchi
Enhanced Service Restoration Algorithm for Active Distribution Grids Master en

Alberto Dognini