Consortium

Technische Universität Ilmenau

The TU Ilmenau is responsible for the overall project management as consortium leader.

Power Systems Group

The focus of the power systems group is on system-technical considerations of the electrical power supply system. In this context, the department deals with future requirements for power transmission and distribution, the integration of new basic technologies, optimal system operation, and the modelling and analysis of the entire power system from the transport system level to the system on the final consumer side.

Energy Usage Optimization Group

The energy usage optimization group deals with questions of energy forecasting and energy usage optimization for electrical and multimodal energy systems. In addition, the department deals with the modelling and simulation of the energy supply systems electricity, gas and heating/cooling. Furthermore, new methods for demand and feed-in forecasting, for optimal energy use planning in case of uncertainties as well as for the generation and simulation of specific energy scenarios are examined.

MOTIVATION

We are motivated by the opportunity to derive a model for implementing the energy transition for the whole of Germany starting from Thuringia.

CONTRIBUTION

For us, the project is a success if we can show how a CO2-free energy system can be implemented and feasible concepts arise from it.

Role and tasks

  • Overall project management and consortium leadership
  • Cross-sectoral ancillary services: Development of a system design for the provision of ancillary services for cross-sectoral grid operation and demonstration of deployment and security concepts for CO2-free energy supply
  • Preparation of demonstration: Conception of demonstrators, in which the developed approaches are implemented and examined for feasibility
  • Ensuring the overall integration of the partial aspects into the overall concept

Fraunhofer IOSB

Advanced System Technology (AST)

We research new cybernetic methods and procedures for an optimal control of complex systems and convert them into innovative management applications, e.g. for cross-sectoral energy systems. Our excellent research work is adjusted to the future topic of "digitalization" across all industries. In public contract research, we are excellently positioned at state, federal and European level.

MOTIVATION

We want to actively shape the transformation of the energy system for an economically and ecologically optimal, safe and socially accepted energy supply for electricity, heat, gas and mobility.

CONTRIBUTION

For us, the project is a success when we have successfully developed, examined and prototyped the models, methods and tools for energy system planning and analysis as well as the coordinated optimal management of cross-sectoral energy supply systems. Thus, we can make an important contribution to a CO2-free energy supply.

Role and tasks

We are dedicated to energy system analysis and optimization as well as to IT infrastructures and IT systems. Our tasks here are in the area of research of relevant methods and procedures, the conception, planning, creation and implementation of simulative studies.

This creates:

  • simulation and optimization models for cross-sectoral energy system analysis and planning
  • optimization models for operational energy planning
  • a CO2 monitoring system
  • a RES storage portfolio management system

Hochschule Nordhausen - University of Applied Sciences

Institute for Renewable Energy Technology – in.RET

The in.RET bundles the existing professional resources in the field of renewable energy technology at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen. The institute currently comprises 6 professorships in the fields of electrical and thermal energy technology, power and work machines as well as project planning of technical systems and the energy economics, which are supported by 25 employees. The bundling of professional know-how enables the interdisciplinary processing of research projects from the areas of component and system development, the generation and storage of energy and their cross-sectoral use in the energy system.

MOTIVATION

Climate change is coming - we have to act now to enable future generations to survive on our planet. Our motivation is to advance the energy transition in all sectors.

CONTRIBUTION

For us, the project is a success if our models help decision-makers in politics and business to make the right decisions for the transformation towards a CO2-free Thuringia.

Role and tasks

The University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen is working on the Thuringian-specific scenarios and models for a cross-sectoral, CO2-free energy supply.

  • Definition of a research scenario "Thuringia", identification of energy and flexibilisation potentials in Thuringia
  • Determination of energy demands for Thuringia in 2050
  • Review of the impact of cross-sectoral resource and energy use planning

ThEFI & ZET

The Center of Power Technology (ZET), as an inter-faculty unit, forms the technological basis for the Thuringian Energy Research Institute (ThEFi) at the Technische Universität Ilmenau. At the ThEFi, we conduct research in 12 specialist areas in the fields of energy system and environmental technology. In terms of content, the entire process from energy generation and distribution, energy storage and control to energy conversion is mapped in concrete fields of application.

MOTIVATION

We conduct research on innovative energy supply technologies, new forms of electrical grids and storage operation, effective drives for vehicles, machines and systems as well as solar systems and wind power plants and their optimization.

CONTRIBUTION

For us, the project is a success if we can provide an appropriate infrastructure for ZO.RRO to develop prototype concepts for the realistic testing of basic technologies for cross-sectoral grid structures and act as a test platform for technical solutions and interfaces.

Role and tasks

The ZET provides technical equipment and spatial resources such as the real-time simulator for energy systems or the dynamic grid control center for the implementation of the ZO.RRO project.

IFE

The Ingenieurbüro für Energiewirtschaft Dr. Dirk Schramm GmbH (engineering office for energy management IFE), was founded in 1993 and currently employs 35 staff at the Steinbach-Hallenberg, Erfurt and Meiningen locations. We act as a technical and economic management consultancy both, as a back office for grid operators, municipal utilities and regional energy suppliers as well as in the field of energy efficiency management for industrial and municipal companies.

MOTIVATION

Global warming, species extinction ... it is high time for concrete action. Conventional energy consumption must be drastically reduced and, if possible, converted to renewable energies.

CONTRIBUTION

The conversion to a renewable energy supply in one of the world's leading economies is a particularly high challenge. As IfE GmbH, we confirm our contribution by participating in the ZO.RRO project.

Role and tasks

  • In cooperation with Trianel and ThEEN, we identify the load shifting and efficiency potentials of Thuringian industrial and commercial companies.
  • The results and experience from our many years of activity in energy efficiency consulting are also incorporated into the ZO.RRO project.
  • In addition to technical expertise, IfE GmbH's mobile measurement technology is available to identify potential and support the preparation of demonstration projects.

KoCoS

The KoCoS Technology Group as a globally active group of companies, which develops, produces and sells measurement and test systems for equipment in the field of electrical power supply and laser-optical inspection systems for quality monitoring. Every day, KoCoS uses the expertise of its employees to solve challenging and unusual tasks in consulting, development, production and sales.

MOTIVATION

KoCoS has been working on optimizing the energy supply since its foundation. Our drive is to make the energy supply of the future safer and more environmentally friendly with our innovations. We have increasingly been able to realise this claim on a global scale.

CONTRIBUTION

The aim of KoCoS in the project is to develop a prototype in order to provide the project with the necessary hardware and software. In the long run, we want to develop the prototype into a series product. If we are able to globalise the product afterwards, this can be considered a complete success.

Role and tasks

  • Development and set up of a new product group: Suitable communication and measurement strategies for the complex acquisition and decentralized control of the different types of energy must be found
  • Contribution of the experience to the international sales organization: After the realisation of the prototypes, the boundary conditions must be clarified in an international environment with different legal situations and any necessary adaptations must be implemented or organized.

ThEEN

The Thuringian Renewable Energy Network (Thüringer Erneuerbare Energien Netzwerk, ThEEN) is the expert network for renewable energies, energy storage, energy efficiency and sector coupling. We have around 80 members from industry, science and public institutions and represent more than 300 companies through our member associations. The ThEEN leads an innovation cluster in the Free State of Thuringia.

MOTIVATION

We want to develop Thuringia into a lighthouse of the systemic energy system transformation.

CONTRIBUTION

For us, the project is a success if we conceptualize the exemplary implementation of a cross-sectoral CO2-free energy system with companies from the industrial, commercial and service sectors in Thuringia.

Role and tasks

  • ThEEN is working together with Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences on the Thuringia-specific parameters for a future CO2-free energy system.
  • The potentials of selected companies are assessed and evaluated in cooperation with IfE and Trianel, and concepts are developed to subsequently demonstrate CO2-free production in Thuringia.
  • ThEEN heads the communication office of the project and is responsible for the integration of Thuringian companies and multipliers from the economy and for public relations.

Trianel

The municipal utility cooperation Trianel was founded in 1999 to bundle the interests of municipal utilities and to strengthen their independence and competitiveness in the energy market. Today, this idea is followed by more than 100 municipal stakeholders and partners from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The approximately 300 employees support municipal utilities in energy trading and procurement, renewable energies project development and in digital transformation.

MOTIVATION

A key challenge of the present is to significantly reduce CO2 emissions and to promote decarbonization, particularly in the energy system. A step to achieving the climate protection targets in the energy sector will be the flexibilization and intelligent linking of decentralized generators, storage facilities and grids. For this reason, we would like to develop concepts and test them for their practical suitability.

CONTRIBUTION

Our aim is to gain knowledge about industrial and commercial consumers and their potential for flexibility at the distribution grid level. In this way, we would like to help distribution system operators to plan their grids in a better way and thus continue to guarantee a high security of supply while at the same time making grid expansion as cost-efficient as possible.

Role and tasks

  • With the help of an empirical survey, it is intended to determine which flexibilities exist in the loads of industrial and commercial enterprises and how these potentials can be optimally used. (Testing of the implementation of battery storage or the installation of buffer storage)
  • Economic efficiency of the measures, identification of options and, if necessary, their implementation
  • Identification of acceptance or regulatory barriers
  • Support for economically feasible flexibility options
  • Transfer of the empirically found results into a cluster analysis (assessment of flexibility options of certain industries and production processes)