The department of Energy Management and Power System Operation (e²n) was founded in September 2012.
As part of KDEE and in close cooperation with the Fraunhofer IWES the department’s focus in teaching and research is on the technically and economically optimized design and control of the future decentralized energy supply system (smart grid) with a high percentage of renewable energies to guarantee a secure, cost-efficient and sustainable energy supply.
The main focus is on technically and economically optimized concepts and approaches for the analysis, design and operation of distribution systems, especially:
- Control and coordination of power sources, loads, storage and grid management tools for the provision of energy and ancillary services
- Approaches for energy and system management / automated solutions for decentralized supply structures with different concepts such as aggregation and incentive-based strategies
- Concepts for automated grid planning / optimal system design
- Solutions for robust system response in case of failure and for grid restoration
An important methodical emphasis lies on the development of methods for modelling and simulations, which allows the analysis and characterization of these systems at different time scales and system levels, as well as multi-objective optimization of the design and operation of power systems.
The department is part of the Centre of Competence for Distributed Power Technology (KDEE) and cooperates closely with the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (IEE) in Kassel. The collaboration includes jointly supervised theses (Bachelor, Master, PhD), courses offered by Fraunhofer-scientists, research projects and the mutual provision of infrastructure. Thereby, excellent research opportunities as well as a wide variety of courses can be offered.