Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Fraunhofer IESE develops intelligent energy management

02.04.2009
From Solar Cells to the Internet of Energy

Over the next few years, the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE will establish a future-oriented energy management concept with strategic investments of more than one million euros at its site in Kaiserslautern. Work will focus especially on high-performance, safe software systems for use in plants for decentralized power generation or for renewable energies.

A research and demonstration facility, consisting of solar plant, combined heat and power plant, electrical vehicles, and computer-supported control centers for integrated energy management, shall be created at the Fraunhofer Center in Kaiserslautern for this purpose. Major funding for this project will come from the Federal Government's economic stimulus package as well as from subsidies of the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Environmental Affairs.

"In the research facility at the Fraunhofer Center, we will combine a future-oriented power-controlled cogeneration plant with modern photovoltaics. Even the waste heat from our computer centers will flow into the system as a "source of energy"", says Prof. Frank Bomarius from Fraunhofer IESE. The core of the plant - and a major subject of research - will be a computer-controlled energy management system with intelligent software controls.

As to size, the entire setup will be comparable to a small industrial business, with the test user being the institute itself. "In this way, we can show small businesses what their energy management could look like in the future, respectively which products and services will be in demand in this area in the future."

In addition, the integration of a fleet of electrical vehicles into the energy concept shall be evaluated. Software platforms that are suitable for energy management systems, interfaces with devices and facilities, as well as approaches for automating energy management and for user interaction will be the first research topics in the context of this project.

For project manager Bomarius at least, only such system concepts will be eligible that fulfill the highest requirements: "Future energy management systems will be much more complex than current ones. On the basis of our industry-proven know-how, we will develop concepts and methods that ensure that these facilities will function perfectly, will have the maximum degree of safety, and will be self-organizing to a certain extent without any user input." The scientists at Fraunhofer IESE also want to use the research facility at the Fraunhofer Center to optimize non-functional characteristics such as the usability of energy management systems.

Decentralized energy generation from regenerative energies offers to provide an escape from the dilemma between decreasing resources and increasing consumption. At the same time, it also leads to huge control engineering problems, which are reflected in increased energy costs. In order to find a sensible balance between energy demands and the respective energy offers, a network must be created between all generators and consumers using Internet technology. By exchanging information, they can all collaborate in an economically and ecologically optimized manner. The so-called "Internet of Energy" thus created will become one of the life veins of our modern society, together with other central communication networks. The research performed at Fraunhofer IESE will contribute to developing the software that will form the basis of this network.

Contact:
Alexander Rabe
Phone +49 (631) 6800 1002
alexander.rabe@iese.fraunhofer.de
Fraunhofer-Institut für Experimentelles Software Engineering IESE
Fraunhofer-Platz 1
67663 Kaiserslautern
Fraunhofer-Institute for Experimental Software Engineering
Fraunhofer IESE is one of the worldwide leading research institutes in the area of software and systems development. A major portion of the products offered by our collaboration partners is defined by software. These products range from automotive and transportation systems to telecommunication and telematics equipment, from information systems and medical devices to software systems for the public sector. Our solutions allow flexible scaling. This makes us a competent technology partner for organizations of any size - from small companies to major corporations.

Under the leadership of Prof. Dieter Rombach and Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer, the past decade has seen us making major contributions to strengthening the emerging IT location Kaiserslautern.

In the Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group, we are cooperating with other Fraunhofer institutes on developing trend-setting key technologies for the future.

Fraunhofer IESE is one of 57 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Together we have a major impact on shaping applied research in Europe and contribute to Germany's competitiveness in international markets. As part of the Fraunhofer Center Kaiserslautern, the institute is officially a "Selected Landmark 2009" in the contest "365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas".

Patrick Leibbrand | idw
Further information:
http://www.iese.fraunhofer.de

More articles from Power and Electrical Engineering:

nachricht How protons move through a fuel cell
22.06.2017 | Empa - Eidgenössische Materialprüfungs- und Forschungsanstalt

nachricht Fraunhofer IZFP acquires lucrative EU project for increasing nuclear power plant safety
21.06.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Zerstörungsfreie Prüfverfahren IZFP

All articles from Power and Electrical Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Climate satellite: Tracking methane with robust laser technology

Heatwaves in the Arctic, longer periods of vegetation in Europe, severe floods in West Africa – starting in 2021, scientists want to explore the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane with the German-French satellite MERLIN. This is made possible by a new robust laser system of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, which achieves unprecedented measurement accuracy.

Methane is primarily the result of the decomposition of organic matter. The gas has a 25 times greater warming potential than carbon dioxide, but is not as...

Im Focus: How protons move through a fuel cell

Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conversion in the hydrogen industry of tomorrow.

As charge carriers, electrons and ions play the leading role in electrochemical energy storage devices and converters such as batteries and fuel cells. Proton...

Im Focus: A unique data centre for cosmological simulations

Scientists from the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich have establised "Cosmowebportal", a unique data centre for cosmological simulations located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The complete results of a series of large hydrodynamical cosmological simulations are available, with data volumes typically exceeding several hundred terabytes. Scientists worldwide can interactively explore these complex simulations via a web interface and directly access the results.

With current telescopes, scientists can observe our Universe’s galaxies and galaxy clusters and their distribution along an invisible cosmic web. From the...

Im Focus: Scientists develop molecular thermometer for contactless measurement using infrared light

Temperature measurements possible even on the smallest scale / Molecular ruby for use in material sciences, biology, and medicine

Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with researchers of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)...

Im Focus: Optoelectronic Inline Measurement – Accurate to the Nanometer

Germany counts high-precision manufacturing processes among its advantages as a location. It’s not just the aerospace and automotive industries that require almost waste-free, high-precision manufacturing to provide an efficient way of testing the shape and orientation tolerances of products. Since current inline measurement technology not yet provides the required accuracy, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT is collaborating with four renowned industry partners in the INSPIRE project to develop inline sensors with a new accuracy class. Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the project is scheduled to run until the end of 2019.

New Manufacturing Technologies for New Products

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Plants are networkers

19.06.2017 | Event News

Digital Survival Training for Executives

13.06.2017 | Event News

Global Learning Council Summit 2017

13.06.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

A new technique isolates neuronal activity during memory consolidation

22.06.2017 | Life Sciences

Plant inspiration could lead to flexible electronics

22.06.2017 | Materials Sciences

A rhodium-based catalyst for making organosilicon using less precious metal

22.06.2017 | Materials Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>