We are exploring solutions for load management
Renewable energy systems are subject to large temporal fluctuations in energy supply due to sun, wind, waves or tides. These temporal fluctuations make their integration a formidable challenge for existing historically evolved energy grids.
To further increase the share of sustainable energy use, it is therefore necessary to intervene on the generation and consumer side through regulation and control so that systems, plants and components can be operated optimally.
Consumer-side load management uses the flexibility of existing equipment to shift the electrical energy demand required for operation to low-load periods. In this context, autonomous load management represents a special approach that requires little communication effort due to model-predictive on-site control.
The Energy research centre conducts research on load shifting for thermal and electrical systems, systems under consideration include, for example, heat pumps, refrigeration systems and e-vehicles.
The team of researchers:led by Peter Kepplinger are analyzing flexibility potentials, developing algorithms for model predictive control and prototyping technical solutions.
Applicable at different aggregation levels of the energy system: to optimize the individual consumer at the metering point, in the energy community, or at the distribution grid level.