Open District Hub - Jülich

The buildings and neighborhoods sector is responsible for around 35% of energy consumption in Germany.  Several key challenges arise in this context:

  • Necessity of continuous expansion of renewable energies
  • Associated, economically viable system integration
  • Sector coupling: increasing use of renewably generated electricity in those sectors that today primarily use fossil fuels (e.g., heat supply, transportation)

The solution approach: linking the challenges

  • Basic idea: renewable energies often small-scale generation technologies
  • Installation decentralized at the point of consumption
  • Utilization of cross-sectoral flexibility potentials
  • Development of intelligent, holistic district concepts with consistent coupling of the electricity, heat and mobility sectors.


The concept

  • Development of an "open data-based planning tool for an open, integrated ICT ecosystem for cross-sectoral energy systems in the neighborhood".
  • Research and development of planning processes as an integral planning too
    -  optimale Auslegung der Gebäude- und Quartiersenergieversorgung
    -  offenes, nutzerzentriertes IKT-Ökosystems für die ökologische und  ökonomische Systemführung
  • Project goal: Development and provision of novel methods and models for integrated planning and operation management for sector-coupled supply of quarters.

  • Development focus:

    -  Digital market platform
    -  Self-learning energy management system (SEMS)
    -  Cyber security
    -  Middleware platform
    -  Digital twins / models & simulation
    -  Standardization


Our Solutions

  • Development of a self-learning energy management system (SEMS)
  • Definition and development of interfaces between SEMS, planning tools and middleware platform

Project partner

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT
  • Fraunhofer Research Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Energy IEG
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE
  • Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB