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In particular the following developments are taking place in the area of network infrastructure:

  • Ongoing increase in input of energy (solar energy, geothermal energy, wind energy, biomass, small-scale hydropower, combined heat and power, etc.) into the distribution networks from independent producers
  • Increasing energy flows in transmission networks due to cross-border electricity trading, with resulting increase in the frequency of shortfalls
  • Ageing of existing network infrastructure
  • Mutual dependency of network operation and structure of open markets
  • Transmission, distribution and conversion of different energy carriers in parallel energy networks
  • Increasing use of energy storage systems, e.g. compressed air systems, super-capacitors (or supercaps)
  • Increasing sensitisation of stakeholders to ecological, economic and social aspects

In view of these developments, the Networks research programme and the Federal Energy Research Commission (CORE) defined clear research priorities for the period from 2008 to 2011:

Electricity networks

  • Modelling and evaluation of interactions with respect to network operation and design, reliability of supply and structure of the electricity market
  • Realistic evaluation of economic and technical interactions in the areas of market-related shortfall management systems and expansion of networks
  • Analysis of supply reliability, taking account of liberalised market structures
  • Development of a system concept for safe and efficient network management

Multiple energy networks (electricity, gas, heat)

  • Concept and analysis of future energy network designs and structures, with utilisation of synergy effects (distribution, transmission, conversion, storage)
  • Evaluation of supply security with multiple-energy infrastructures
  • Assessment of social, economic and environmental impacts

Technologies for energy networks

  • Flexible AC transmission systems
  • Elements of distribution and transmission networks that enhance efficiency
Contact: Michael Moser
Last update: 05.09.2012

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