IuK Energy Laboratory
European energy systems have evolved over decades and have been optimized according to their technical and economic constraints. For some years now, they have been subject to profound change, brought about by the liberalization of energy markets and by measures for the cost-effective, environmentally sound and sustainable provision and use of energy. This has resulted in new business models with extensive electronic business and communication processes and thus increased competition for economical, efficient and secure processes. These new challenges must be mastered and require suitable strategies and tools.
In this context, information and communication technologies (ICT) will play a central role in tapping further efficiency potential. The goal is to create "intelligent" energy systems by linking them with information and communication technologies, if possible within the framework of an integrated application structure. To this end, new I&C technologies as well as methods and procedures for the seamless interaction of all operating resources must be developed in order to ensure a consistently economically and ecologically optimal energy supply in the future. In particular, this includes increasing grid stability, optimally integrating existing electrical systems and new, decentralized small generators, avoiding grid bottlenecks, minimizing energy costs, and automatically reconfiguring the grid in the event of a fault.