Energy Data Collection

Energy data are the basis of digital methods and business models. But first they need to be collected. Energy self-sufficient sensor technologies measure physical parameters efficiently. Sensor networks with lowest energy consumption collect data and pass them to gateways. In this context, intelligent measurement systems like Smart Meter can make a crucial contribution, as they can record the consumption and generation of electricity, cold, heat, gas and water in a reliable, high-availability architecture.

State-of-the-art measurement devices like the Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) allow for precise condition monitoring of smart grids. These devices can synchronously measure the load in the grid und analyze errors.

The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance offers its customers reliable solutions for data collection to implement business transactions. They are the basis for the data pool, which allows for extensive utilization with regard to energy efficiency analysis, customer service and market integration.

Competencies »Energy Data Collection« | Fraunhofer Energy Alliance

Big Data Collection

As an important component of digitization, Big Data collection also plays an essential role with regard to the use of renewable energies. The numerous projects of our member institutes include, for example, aggregation of battery data using our own telematics, pattern recognition and ageing diagnosis, which are implemented using our own high-performance server infrastructure. As part of various studies, energy data are measured and evaluated on a large scale. Within the wind power sector, for example, statistical analyses from a broad database are used to obtain a basis for decision-making on wind turbines. Big Data collection is also used in the context of the expansion of the transmission and distribution systems and corresponding modeling.




The acronym WInD-Pool stands for Windenergy-Information-Data-Pool. It is a common knowledge base of the wind industry (more information in German).



The windmonitor delivers news and results on onshore and offshore wind farms. The project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (more information in German).

Smart Metering: Hardware and Software Developments

Smart Meter measure energy data and can thus display information on power consumption to the consumer. Since 2010, Smart Meter have been installed in new buildings, enabling the user to see the power consumption on a home display. This creates awareness of their own power consumption and encourages customers to save energy. The Fraunhofer Energy Alliance has set itself the goal of further developing secure and cost-effective information and communication technologies in the field of smart metering systems. For example, a Smart Metering Gateway has already been implemented that guarantees the secure handling of consumption data through integrity, authenticity and confidentiality. Researchers at Fraunhofer also developed a low-cost smart grid communication system based on ripple control technology.



Cheap Flex

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



Funding program with the goal of developing climate-friendly, safe and efficient energy supply with a high proportion of renewable energies.



Optimal operating and controlling strategies for the reliable electrical energy supply system in Germany with a simultaneous integration of renewable energy feed-in up until 2030.