In all energy sectors, the transition of the energy system requires an economical and reliable conversion from fossil to renewable energy sources. The centre of this transition process is the electricity sector with its transport and distribution grid structures that have grown over many years. Large quantities of weather-dependent wind and photovoltaic systems as well as electrical loads like electromobility and electrical heat supply have to be integrated. Despite these foreseeable technological developments, the on-site implementation of the energy transition is still largely unknown. There are currently major uncertainties regarding future temporal and local grid loads and resulting needs for grid expansions. Solutions are therefore needed in the planning process and operation management of distribution grids to minimise technical and economic risks caused by these uncertainties. This also includes new control and regulation algorithms that permanently balance grid load and generation.
Against this background, the research group "Electrical Power Engineering and Smart Grids" focuses on
- Development of new approaches for electrical distribution grid planning
- Development of algorithms for monitoring and control of energy systems
- Technical and economic evaluation of Smart Grid technologies
The research group is currently active in several funded research projects on the above mentioned topics. Qualified graduates have the opportunity to work on these projects and to obtain a doctoral degree.
Students can contribute to the success of the research group within the framework of student research projects and final papers and thus gain their own experience in the field of scientific work at an early stage. They receive support from the scientific staff and are closely integrated into the research group.
The Laboratory for "Electrical Power Engineering" of THM at the Campus Gießen is associated to the research group.