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



CyberSEAS addresses the growing concern for guaranteeing business continuity across a complete energy supply chain in which cyber-security risks are increasing across a multitude of organisations and consumers, while easing the uptake of diverse and multiple energy sources and increasing the IT based interactions. More



QUIRINUS-Control is a project funded by the BMWK as part of the coal phase-out to assess voltage quality in an electric power system increasingly dominated by distributed generation. The consortium is composed of 18 project partners, including scientific institutions, manufacturers and grid operators. More



PHOENIX is a H2020 EU project to boost the cyber security of the European Electrical Power and Energy Systems (EPES). The project advances the cyber-physical security via the collaborative detection of security and privacy incidents and attacks, guaranteeing reliability, increasing resiliency and minimising their cascading effects. More



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