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Usage and Application of Energy Data

Usage and Application of Energy Data

The combination of ICT methods and procedures leads to improved and innovative applications. The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance also deals with the effects of flexible, fluctuating tariffs on electricity suppliers and their energy procurement strategies. Experts at Fraunhofer develop solutions for a comprehensive energy data management. Demand-side management systems play an important role in this context, as the energy consumption in these systems is controlled intelligently. Demand-response systems, in the form of Smart Energy Gateways, which allow for a decentralized optimization of use via predictive methods are also of great importance.

With regard to the growing grid requirements within the deregulated energy market, experts at Fraunhofer offer market players TÜV-proven (German organization for technical safety and certification) and comprehensive IT solutions for power usage and accounting grid management. At grid level, the institutes realize field trials on real grids for their national and international partners, which can be complemented by simulations. Energy management systems use the collected data to control different generators, storages and loads within the grid.

Virtual power plants are used for an integrated operational management of decentralized energy sources. These power plants aggregate many decentralized generators, storages and loads to one flexible power plant which sells the generated energy at the best price. During these processes, we closely collaborate with energy suppliers who pursue innovative business models.

Due to the high level of complexity, the rapid and precise condition assessment of networked infrastructures is more important than ever and will gain further importance in the future. New methods, which are based on linear algorithms, ensure faster and more precise results than conventional algorithms for a minimum investment.

The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance also offers trainings on the topic “Digitization of the energy world”.

Competences »Usage and Application of Energy Data« | Fraunhofer Energy Alliance

Energy Data Management

The portfolio of the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance in the field of energy data management ranges from energy monitoring systems and the collection of mobile measurement data to consumption analyses along the distribution chain and forecasts. The overarching goal is to optimize energy data management from various points of view: There is potential for improving energy efficiency in many areas - on a small scale (e.g. battery storage) as well as on a large scale (e.g. Smart Cities). Our member institutes are also developing tools for demand and potential analysis, which, for example, allow the structural optimization of storage facilities in regional energy systems. A special focus lies in the field of energy data management of wind power, e.g. in broad-based monitoring programs or the development of standards for the collection of data in wind power plants.

Projects

 

Energy Meteorology Systems

Fraunhofer IEE's real-time power estimates and forecasts are the centrepiece of innovative solutions for reliable grid operation and planning with weather-dependent energy sources.

 

WInD-Pool

The acronym WInD-Pool stands for Windenergy-Information-Data-Pool. It is a common knowledge base of the wind industry.

 

RIGRID

The goal of the RIGRID project is to develop and test new interactive energy and infrastructure design tool for optimal planning and operation of new emerging energy infrastructures in rural areas.

 

Virtual Power Plant IEE.vpp

The Virtual Power Plant IEE.vpp is a modular real-time system, which allows us to monitor, control, aggregate, and optimize renewable energy systems according to various strategies.

Energy Management Systems

Innovative energy management systems are needed in the most diverse areas. The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance creates concepts and applications for energy management systems in areas such as smart grid technologies, system integration of storage facilities and combined heat and power. The decentralized generation of energy is also becoming increasingly important, so that here too our member institutes are developing innovative energy management systems as central interfaces for local networking. At the interface between the energy management system and the user, Fraunhofer Energy Alliance uses frameworks to create solutions for user-oriented communication of energy data, for example with the help of special apps.

Projects

 

OGEMA

The Open Gateway Energy Management Alliance (OGEMA) is an open software platform for energy management.

 

FlexChem

»FlexChem« aims at making chemical production processes more dynamic so that electricity consumers, such as electric motors or electric heaters in particular, can be operated more flexibly.

Smart Grids

Smart Grids enable effective communication between the individual grid components and their control. The primary objective of our member institutes with regard to Smart Grids is to make optimum use of centralized and decentralized control engineering potentials. In a research project on optimal operation and control strategies for energy supply systems in Germany, the highest possible share of renewable energies is to be optimally integrated into the power supply system. In this context, scientists at Fraunhofer Energy Alliance are developing and demonstrating approaches for coordinated grid operation management and control. Furthermore, Alliance researchers are working on a test and simulation environment for the development and testing of controller concepts and control systems in the Smart Grid.

Projects

 

OpSim

OpSim is a test- and simulation-environment with applications ranging from developing prototype controllers to testing operative control software in the smart grid domain.  

 

Cheap Flex

The »Cheap Flex« project developed a cost-efficient smart grid communication system based on ripple control.  

Demand-Side Management / Demand-Response

With regard to the grid-compatible design of the operation and the heating and cooling supply, new requirements will arise in future due to the growing share of renewable energies. On the one hand, fluctuating renewable energies cause fluctuations in power production over time. Added to this is the increase in decentralized energy supply, which increases the demands on the stability of the power grids. The demand-side management approach is used to balance differences between power supply and demand. Among other things, our member institutes are testing new, practical management strategies for the heating and cooling supply of new and existing buildings. In electrical grids with a village structure, Fraunhofer researchers are working on the realization of an automatic management of consumers and producers. In addition, a holistic system approach is being developed as a multi-sector solution for a model city, thus promoting decentralized energy production by means of new business models and incentive systems.

Projects

 

OGEMA

The Open Gateway Energy Management Alliance (OGEMA) is an open software platform for energy management.

 

FlexControl

»FlexControl« focuses on a grid-supportive operating strategies for efficient heating and cooling of buildings in the trade, commerce and services (TCS) sector.

 

FlexChem

»FlexChem« aims at making chemical production processes more dynamic so that electricity consumers, such as electric motors or electric heaters in particular, can be operated more flexibly.

Load Management in Industry

The aim of load management is to influence demand, i.e. the grid load, by specifically reducing power consumption. Load management is also playing an increasingly important role in industry, as the growing share of renewable energies is leading to fluctuations in the electricity grid. For example, member institutes of the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance are developing flexible power monitoring systems that integrate voltage and current measurement and thus simplify installation. In addition, researchers of the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance have developed a method to model the local energy balancing needs of the entire Federal Republic of Germany in order to reveal imbalances in energy distribution.

Projects

 

OGEMA

The Open Gateway Energy Management Alliance (OGEMA) is an open software platform for energy management.

 

EMS-EDM Prophet

Regardless of whether it is electricity traders, municipal utilities, network operators, direct marketers or external service providers: the modules from EMS-EDM PROPHET® cover all areas relevant to the energy industry for electricity, gas and heat.

Smart Home

In terms of energy, the Smart Home concept offers new possibilities for active networking and increased energy efficiency. All in all, the research of the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance includes comprehensive further development of functional structural components for buildings and housing estates with largely self-sufficient power, heat and water supply. In addition to the efficient use of smart grids, the focus is always on decentralized energy generation based on renewable energy sources. Going beyond the concept of the smart home, researchers at Fraunhofer are working on the intelligent use of electric vehicles in the overall energy concept of energy-plus house groups.

Projects

 

OGEMA

The Open Gateway Energy Management Alliance (OGEMA) is an open software platform for energy management.

 

autartec®

The autartec® Innovative Regional Growth Core is developing function-bearing structural components for the largely autonomous supply of buildings and settlements with power, heat and water.

Forecasting Systems for Power Generation and Loads with Wind and PV

Naturally, the use of wind and solar power brings with it strong fluctuations in the amount of electricity fed into the grid. With the rising share of renewable energies, new solutions for grid management are increasingly being sought for this reason. Our member institutes start where there is the greatest potential for optimization of generation and load forecasting systems for wind and PV. Fraunhofer researchers are carrying out optimization work, particularly with regard to forecasts under technical and weather-related extreme situations, and are also developing new forecast products with regard to the security of transmission network systems.

Projects

 

Energy Meteorology Systems

Fraunhofer IEE's real-time power estimates and forecasts are the centrepiece of innovative solutions for reliable grid operation and planning with weather-dependent energy sources.

 

EMS-EDM Prophet

Regardless of whether it is electricity traders, municipal utilities, network operators, direct marketers or external service providers: the modules from EMS-EDM PROPHET® cover all areas relevant to the energy industry for electricity, gas and heat.

Virtual Power Plants

By linking various decentralized energy producers, virtual power plants make an important contribution to decentralized generation and use of renewable energies. Through virtual power plants, various renewable energy producers, controllable consumption devices and energy storage systems in the region can be linked. Research at Fraunhofer focuses not only on the environmental compatibility of the power supply, but also on its economic efficiency and supply security. In addition to evaluating prototypes of virtual power plants, Fraunhofer researchers are using models to identify optimization needs with regard to the dimensioning and operation of virtual power plants.

Projects

 

EMS-EDM Prophet

Regardless of whether it is electricity traders, municipal utilities, network operators, direct marketers or external service providers: the modules from EMS-EDM PROPHET® cover all areas relevant to the energy industry for electricity, gas and heat.

 

Virtual Power Plant IEE.vpp

The Virtual Power Plant IEE.vpp is a modular real-time system, which allows us to monitor, control, aggregate, and optimize renewable energy systems according to various strategies.

Cyber Security for Energy and Water Supply

The increasing digitalization of energy and water infrastructures increases vulnerability to cyber attacks, while attackers have access to increasingly powerful tools and methods. At the same time, the dependency on automated processes and IT systems continues to increase. As a result of this threat situation, the legislator has made extensive changes to the law which particularly affect utilities and which may result in them falling into the category of critical infrastructures. In addition to the technical components, employees must also be trained accordingly, as these currently represent the most frequently exploited vulnerability of cyber attacks.

Projects

 

HyLITE

Joint project HyLITE: digital twin-centered services and applications for dynamic operation and protection of the future energy supply system.

 

Cybersecurity ACADEMY

The Fraunhofer ACADEMY offers courses on cyber security in the energy sector.