Communicative networking and control of intelligent energy grids
Since middle of the 90s a change has taken place in the telecommunication industry: the centrally administered single service telephone network has changed to a decentralized multi layer, multi provider and multi-service net. In the field of power supply networks a comparable change has started: the development of Smart Grids. As the next generation of energy grid which also permits bidirectional data communication beside the customary electricity transport, Smart Grids meet all future requirements for an energy-efficient and decentralized grid operation.
In the GIP Research Institute different developing projects are ongoing in order to realize and to optimize the communication-technical aspect of Smart Grids on the basis of the Xyna Factory.
Recording, transport and analysis of digital metering data
A preliminary stage of Smart Grids is the introduction of Smart Metering, thus of the digital measurement of electricity consumption, but also of other utility components (gas, water, heat, etc.). The electronic measurement data is transmitted via communication infrastructure (e.g., DSL or mobile communications) to the supplier and can also be seen by the end user any time. For example the average electricity requirement and the load peaks in a Smart Grid can be recognized, be stored and evaluated for calculation purposes and for the optimization of the energy consumption.
The GIP Research Institute develops within this area intelligent solutions for net operators and service providers for the flexible automation of corresponding smart metering business processes based on the Xyna Factory.
New nets and innovative services for electric vehicles
Due to plans of the Federal Government, Germany should develop to be an innovation leader and leading market for electric mobility. The challenge within this change is beside the development of electric vehicles in particular the creation of an infrastructure and an intelligent energy net management for the backup of the mobility and the care of the vehicles.
Concepts, methods and technologies for the construction, planning and the operation of electric mobility nets become necessary with increasing market dynamics – here starts GIP with the Xyna Factory and the experience from more than 15 years in telecommunication nets. The Xyna Factory can serve as an automation platform for electric mobility nets. This automation platform is able to illustrate among other things the availability of regenerative and conventional energy and to handle the necessary accounting processes (payment and reimbursement).
A first project in this field is the co-operative BMWi research project „StroPa“ for future electricity car parks which is realized together with the companies juwi R&D and FroSys as well as the Fraunhofer IWES and the University of Technology of Kaiserslautern.