Powerline research: The "Smart Technology Planning" funding project (STeP) researches and designs new approaches for planning expansion measures in the electricity grid. A model-based Powerline Communication (PLC) planning methodology is used to develop practical communication solutions for the intelligent energy grid.
The goals of the project are
- the development of planning instruments for a holistic network planning,
- an improved network state detection,
- the development of measurement technology for the optimal use of existing network capacities
- and the development of secure information and communication technologies for the connection of network resources.
The developments are specifically accompanied by field and laboratory tests to ensure practical and realistic closeness.
devolo’s project contribution
- Development of PLC simulation environments for use in network planning, in order to minimize costs in the course of PLC installation and planning.
Institute for High Voltage Technology, RWTH Aachen
Founded in 1870, RWTH Aachen University is now divided into 9 faculties with a total of around 45,000 students and more than 500 professors. The Institute for High Voltage Technology (IFHT) under the provisional direction of Prof. Moser is part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at RWTH Aachen University.
devolo AG supplies hardware for the intelligent power grid. As a powerline pioneer, devolo is a proven expert for data communication via the power line. In this project, devolo is researching how powerline KPIs (key performance indicators) can be calculated to enable optimum PLC network planning.
University of Duisburg-Essen
The University of Duisburg-Essen was created in 2003 from the merger of the formerly independent universities in Duisburg and Essen. With its 11 faculties, 478 professorships, 5,793 employees and 42,700 students, it is one of the largest universities in Germany. Under the direction of Prof. Holger Hirsch, the chair deals with the use of information technology in energy systems in a variety of research and industrial projects.
Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG operates electricity and gas grids in around 1,000 municipalities in Schleswig-Holstein and northern Lower Saxony and is responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the energy grids. As a partner of Energiewende, the company has connected around 33,500 renewable energy plants to its grids in recent years.
Regionetz GmbH (associated)
Regionetz GmbH is the network operator for the city of Aachen, the city region of Aachen and parts of the districts of Düren and Heinsberg. In addition to the regulated electricity and gas grids, it also operates water and heat grids. With around 600 employees, Regionetz bundles all tasks relating to construction, operation, network management, asset and meter management.
smart energy from north-eastern Germany
The WindNODE showcase region in north-eastern Germany is the real-life laboratory for a complete energy system. The central goal of WindNODE is to set standards for the networked energy system of the future.
More than 60 partners from industry, energy and science
In the model region "Solarbogen Süddeutschland", C/sells demonstrates how intelligence in the grid can guarantee the cost-effective, secure, environmentally compatible and participatory supply of solar energy and other renewable energies.
Digitalisation of the energy supply
The next big step in the energy revolution. The enera model region in northwestern Germany is characterised by decentralised generation of large quantities of wind energy from onshore and offshore wind farms. Ideal for testing and establishing an intelligent smart grid.
Methods for energy network actors for prevention, detection and reaction to IT attacks and outages
The next important step in energy supply is security against IT attacks and IT outages in order to guarantee a secure, stable and reliable supply in Germany.
21 dedicated European companies
CONNECT aims to provide concepts, technologies and components that support enhanced integration of renewables and storage combined with intelligent management of the energy flow and thus allows to reduce the demand for primary energy, to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and facilitates a decentralized energy infrastructure.
Together on the way to the European internal market for electricity
The CALLIA project investigates the extent to which cross-border direct interaction between distribution networks can facilitate the integration of renewable energies beyond pure physics. The goal is a more efficient integration of decentralized energies as well as a stabilization of the pan-European power grid.
Secure data communication for the distributed factory of the future
Data protection and data security for smart grid communication to be transferred to the Industry 4.0 environment for secure cross-location communication.