Energieeffizientes und sicheres Kommunikationsnetz für das Internet der Energie

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eSafeNet will research, design and demonstrate a secure, stable, and economic approach to providing a communication Network for the Internet of Energy. The project will study the potential of using a dedicated communication network infrastructure using wireless as the primary technology and supporting wired transmission technologies to support the requirements of critical infrastructures on stability, reliability and security. Commerciality will be addressed through the development of a Service Platform to enable commercial service providers to provide security-related and additional smart services.

Overall, the project has three objectives:

  • 1: Scenario-based selection and field trial of a dedicated secure communication network
  • 2: Building a Smart service platform and design of business models which support economic and energy efficiency
  • 3: Definition of requirements and specifications for a holistic data and communication concept

The project will prototype a market-oriented service platform for the energy industry and other closed user groups. In addition, concepts will be developed for a communications network which is both physically and digitally secure and with high resistance to power outages.


Three field trials will be carried out to validate the results of the research:

  • In the first field trial an LTE-based 5G-Test Network will be built and connected to other communication networks (CDMA, DSL, BPL). Al the same time the security concept will be implemented, including both the hardware and software parts.
  • In the second field trial at the Stadtwerken Mainz the existing communications infrastructure, which is based on copper cables and some glass fibre sections, will be connected with new technologies (e.g. BPL, LTE 450 MHz). The goal is to be able to cheaply connect new concession areas to the company’s communications infrastructure. In doing this, the actual range and depth of LTE and NGMN radio signals and the accessibility of BPL technologies should be tested under real conditions. Additionally, the resistance to blackout and the prioritisation in case of catastrophe should be focused on.
  • In the third field trial selected scenarios will be simulated in the ACS simulation laboratory and, in a second step, distributed energy generators will be connected to the eSafeNet and subsequently to the virtual simulation environment.

The ACS Institute aims to develop a method to perform black start of electrical networks, using a bottom-up approach, i.e. distribution networks are treated as microgrids which recover self-sufficiently and in parallel. These distribution grids are then used as virtual power plants to power up the High Voltage network. In addition, the ACS will contribute to the development of a platform supporting the scenarios and services developed in the project.

Consortium Partners

FIR, QSC, Ericsson, Software AG, KaCon, PPC, RWTH Aachen: ACS, Solit Systems, Stadtwerke Mainz

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Ivelina Stoyanova

Team Energy Flexibility Management and Optimization


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This project is sponsored by BMWi (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy), project number 03ET7549A und runs from April 2016 to the end of September 2018.




eSafeNet has studied how to make a secure communications architecture for distributed energy grids. At the final project meeting the work of ACS in developing a method to use locally available distributed energy generation and storage resources to autonomously and automatically recover from blackouts was demonstrated. A second demo concerned the joint work of ACS and Ericsson to develop a method to ensure that the locally available distributed energy generation and storage resources are able to communicate with LTE during the blackout (in the situation where the blackout emergency causes the mobile network operator to reduce access of subscribers to the network in order to ensure continued access of emergency services).

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​7th eSafeNet Consortium meeting took place in Frankfurt at premises of KaCon.


The ETIP Smart Networks for Energy Transition (SNET) role is to guide Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) to support Europe’s energy transition. eSafeNet was presented to Working Group 4 (Digitisation of the electricity system and Customer participation) in Brussels.


The duration of the project has been extended by six extra months until 31.03.2019 with the existing financing.


Publications in the project eSafeNet:
-P. McKeever, E. De Din, A. Sadu and A. Monti, "MAS for automated black start of multi-microgrids," 2017 IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), Dresden, 2017, pp. 32-37.
-De Din, Edoardo; Lipari, Gianluca; Angioni, Andrea; Ponci, Ferdinanda; Monti, Antonello; "Effect of the reporting rate of synchrophasor measurements for distributed secondary control of AC microgrid"; [2017 IEEE International Workshop on Measurements & Networking, M&N, 2017-09-27 - 2017-09-29, Naples, Italy]
-Edoardo De Din, Charukeshi Joglekar, Gianluca Lipari, Ferdinanda Ponci, Antonello Monti; “An Emergency Energy Management System for Microgrid Restoration after Blackout” submitted to IEEE Smart Energy Systems and Technology


The 7th eSafeNet Consortium meeting took place in Mainz on 03.07.2018.


The sixth meeting of the eSafeNet Consortium took place at the premises of QSC in Cologne. 


The 5th eSafeNet Consortium Meeting was hosted at ACS on October 17th. eSafeNet is studying dedicated communications for Smart Grids. ACS demonstrated the current state of the work being carried out for recovery from blackout using novel inverter control and a multi-agent system to add intelligence.


The eSafeNet Consortium Meeting takes place at the premises of Ericsson in Herzogenrath on January 23rd. Padraic McKeever participates for ACS. 


Start of the BMWi project eSafeNet (Energieeffizientes und sicheres Kommunikationsnetz für das Internet der Energie) as part of the reseach initiative STROMNETZE promoted by the Federal Government. Bettina Schäfer and Padraic McKeever join the Kick-Off Meeting.