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Berlin University of Technology was founded in 1879 and has since developed into one of the largest universities of technology in Germany. Research and education at TU Berlin cover a wide range of disciplines with an orientation toward science and technology. In particular in those areas, the university enjoys a high reputation. In Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, TU Berlin achieved in sum the best overall score among all German universities in the most recent 2007 and 2010 editions of the Research Ranking of CHE (Centre for Higher Education Development). Regarding third-party funding, TU Berlin is among the top ten universities in Germany.
TU Berlin has a distinct international character. Of a total of about 30,000 students, around 6,000, come from 130 countries. TU Berlin has a multitude of worldwide cooperation agreements including 21 double degree programs with universities in Chile, China, France, Korea, Poland, Russia and the UK. TU Berlin is further proud of being a full member of two out of the three ‘Knowledge and Innovation Communities’ of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) for the competence areas of climate as well as information and communication technology. The EIT was founded by the European Union in 2008 as a key university-industry initiative for reinforcing innovation capacity and excellence.
The university is subdivided into seven schools covering areas of engineering sciences, natural sciences, architecture, economics and humanities.
The Chair of Sustainable Electric Networks and Sources of Energy (SENSE) has been started by Prof. Kai Strunz in 2007 and is part of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. The interests and competence of our about 10 researchers and Ph.D. candidates is centered on the modeling of heterogeneous energy systems with a focus on the smart grid. We have performed research in the areas of plug-and-play interfacing of renewable energy, cache energy control for storage, technical-economic evaluation of storage in electric power systems, benchmarking the performance of distributed energy resources, hierarchical optimization for independent system operators, and multi-scale modeling of power systems.
On the one hand, we contribute to important European initiatives as for example as a Work Package Leader in the Framework Program 7 (FP7) projects MERGE (Mobile Energy Resources in Grids of Electricity) and SuSTAINABLE or as the Activity Lead for the project European Virtual Smart Grid Laboratory in the European Institute of Technology. On the other hand, we create energy solutions applied to the situation in Germany or the city of Berlin. Examples include the project NET-ELAN funded by the Federal Department of Economics and Technology (BMWi) on the road-mapping for electric vehicle grid integration in Germany, or smart grid modeling for Berlin.
Specific responsibility in SuSTAINABLE:
SENSE is the leader of WP7 dealing with scalability and replicability of the SuSTAINABLE concept. It contributes to the definition of an overall control and management architecture that addresses the large scale integration of DERs in distribution systems via WP2. As task-leader in WP3 SENSE develops functionalities for TVPP realization to enable a co-coordinative action between different distribution networks that can also influence power transfer over a part of the transmission system. In WP 4 SENSE contributes in Power quality planning for flexible distribution systems which will be afterwards tested through simulations in WP5. The developed TVPP will be validated in representative networks in Germany where cases with high penetration of RES in the distribution grids are considered.
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SuSTAINABLE is a European project under the
Seventh Framework Programme
for Research and Technological Development with contract No: 308755