Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

First international research cooperation / researchers optimise power line communication systems

19.10.2012
Application-oriented research and development projects are a strong focus of Hochschule Ruhr West, University of Applied Sciences. Great importance is attached to cooperation with companies from the region and the surrounding area of Mülheim an der Ruhr and Bottrop.
Now, for the first time, a research agreement has been concluded with a Chinese partner, China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI). As part of this research project, visiting scientist Hongjian Gao will be joining the Institute of Computer Science at HRW (Bottrop) in October for two years.

To meet the growing demand on a reliable and cost effective communications network over the MV/LV distribution network for smart grid application, based on new concept, CEPRI has launched a R&D project to research key technologies of a new generation smart grid PLC System concept. that can offer reliable communications and meet soft real-time requirements of various smart grid services. In this project CEPRI has chosen HRW as a cooperation partner to jointly work on several topics.

At the HRW Institute of Computer Science, Prof. Gerd Bumiller and his team are currently working on developing a new generation of power line communication systems (PLC) for smart grid applications. In other words, making the transmission of data necessary for intelligent power grids possible via the power grid itself. Up until now, the fast transmission of data via power line has primarily taken place within buildings. Neither the reliability nor the range achieved with this technology are good enough for automation of the grid. With smart metering, other PLC systems are also used. Take, for example, the project Mülheim zählt (“Mülheim counts”) from RWE. The required ranges are achieved here, however the data rates and reaction times of the system fall short of the requirements for high-quality automation tasks in the power grid. HRW is currently carrying out research at its base in Bottrop, exploring exactly what technology is required to close this gap.
Collaboration with the Chinese will ensure the results are quickly incorporated into the definition and standardisation of the technology for the Chinese market. Based on this, the results are also to be incorporated into an international standardisation of the technology. The cooperation between Hochschule Ruhr West, under the management of Prof. Gerd Bumiller, and CEPRI, initially planned for a two-year period, is focussing on developing a new generation of power line communication (PLC) systems. The scientists are primarily concerned with the research and development of key technologies for increasing reliability, accessibility and real-time capability. The new system is intended for a broad range of smart grid applications, including real-time and security-relevant applications, on the power distribution network at medium- and low-voltage levels.

“China is one of the fastest growing economic regions in the world. And Germany is China’s biggest European trade partner, which presents enormous potential for my research fields of power line communication and smart grids. I am delighted that we have been given this opportunity to work together with our Chinese partner on new solutions for a better utilisation of smart grids. Through this direct partnership, we can maintain the necessary level of expertise for continued successful access to the Chinese market, with the potential to develop an international standard,” explains Dr.-Ing. Gerd Bumiller, Professor of Energy and Information Technology at Hochschule Ruhr West.

“Smart grids represent one of the most important industrial sectors in China this century and reliable PLC technology will significantly contribute to their quick design and distribution. We are looking forward to collaborating with Hochschule Ruhr West in this field. The expertise of both partners will set an important foundation for the success of our joint research endeavours,” says Dr Weilin Liu, Project Manager at CEPRI.

Hongjian Gao, visting scientist from Beijing, explains: “I see my participation in this research project as a superb opportunity. On the one hand, I am able to contribute towards developing key technologies for the Chinese market in the area of power line communication and, on the other, everything that I am learning at Hochschule Ruhr West, as well as the overall international experience, is of great personal and professional value.”

“I am very pleased that Hochschule Ruhr West has been able to continually increase its research activities over the past three years since its foundation and to have now reached the stage that we are receiving research assignments from international partners,” concludes Prof. Jörg Himmel, Vice President for Research and Transfer at Hochschule Ruhr West.
About CEPRI:
CEPRI, established in 1951, is a comprehensive, multi-discipline research institute, and is active in R&D and standardisation in bulk power grid analysis & control, high voltage, power grid automation, power electronics, power grid construction, electrical measurement, renewable energy, power distribution & utilization, information and communication technology, etc. By Sept. 2012, CEPRI had 2093 permanent employees, over 84% of whom have professional degrees. CEPRI is directly affiliated to the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC).
About Hochschule Ruhr West
Hochschule Ruhr West (HRW) is a state university with sites in the Ruhr cities of Mülheim an der Ruhr and Bottrop. Our main focus is on the areas of Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Science and Commerce. We currently offer Bachelor degree programmes for the following subjects: Applied Informatics, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Business Administration – Industrial Service Management, Business Administration – International Trade Management & Logistics, Energy and Water Management, Energy Informatics, International Business – Emerging Markets, Mechatronics, Man-Machine Interaction, Industrial Engineering – Energy Systems, Industrial Engineering – Mechanical Engineering, as well as Business Information Technology. Most of the Bachelor degree courses can also be taken as part of a dual study programme. We also offer Master degree programmes in Technical System Modelling and Business Economics.

Heike Lücking | idw
Further information:
http://www.hochschule-ruhr-west.de

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht UT professor develops algorithm to improve online mapping of disaster areas
29.11.2016 | University of Tennessee at Knoxville

nachricht New standard helps optical trackers follow moving objects precisely
23.11.2016 | National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

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

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

Im Focus: MADMAX: Max Planck Institute for Physics takes up axion research

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.

The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...

Im Focus: Molecules change shape when wet

Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water

In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...

Im Focus: Fraunhofer ISE Develops Highly Compact, High Frequency DC/DC Converter for Aviation

The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses

02.12.2016 | Medical Engineering

Plasma-zapping process could yield trans fat-free soybean oil product

02.12.2016 | Agricultural and Forestry Science

What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?

02.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>