Project flexQgrid

The energy system is changing

The large power plants are increasingly being replaced by smaller decentralised units that use renewable energy sources. In addition, the demand for electricity is rising due to the increase in electric vehicles and electric-powered heating systems. This also has an impact on the distribution grids in which these units are connected.

Distribution grids that were previously passive and distributed the electricity from large power plants are now becoming active. There are already areas where, at certain times, more electricity is generated than consumed. This can lead to congestions, so that nowadays generation units in a wide area are limited and renewable energies are not being used to the maximum. Our goal is to change this.

flexQgrid. The grid of the future becomes real.

What happens in the grid? This is one of the fundamental questions in flexQgrid. In which state are the utilities currently? How will the grid be utilized tomorrow? The grid will become transparent and we will be able to forecast critical situations and avoid congestions through an intelligent interaction of all components. To this end, we are jointly developing systems and concepts over a project period of 3 years, which operate in the three traffic light phases of the so-called grid traffic light. We gain practical experience in tests in the NETZlabor of Netze BW in Freiamt and in laboratory tests at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

  • Project duration: November 2019 – October 2022
  • 9 partners from grid operation, industry and science
  • 1-year field test from summer 2021
  • One field test municipality

Our Mission

We connect all players within the energy processes and test our solution in real-life in cooperation with citizens.
We enable the energy transitionby integrating a maximum of renewable energies into the grid.
We integrate all decentralised units and continue to guarantee secure grid operation.

Freiamt – the field test area in numbers

Installed renewable generation capacity
Sunshine hours in 2018


Wie das Forschungsprojekt flexQgrid die Netzführung einbindet

Das Netz der Zukunft wird real: Im Forschungsprojekt flexQgrid integrieren wir technische Innovationen in den realen Netzbetrieb, um die Herausforderungen der Energiewende zu meistern. Diese resultieren insbesondere aus der Zunahme erneuerbarer Energien, die im Gegensatz zu konventionellen Kraftwerken Strom dezentral im Verteilnetz einspeisen sowie aus neuen Verbrauchern wie Elektromobilität. Um unsere Lösungen für diese Herausforderungen im realen Netzbetrieb umzusetzen, berücksichtigen wir reale Rahmenbedingungen, reale Akteure aber auch reale Anforderungen an die Netzführung – Zuverlässigkeit und Versorgungssicherheit.

Good atmosphere at the ceremonial starting signal for flexQgrid

On February 28, 2020, we celebrated the launch of the flexQgrid project and the handover of the notice of funding from the BMWi.


Developing the grid of the future together.We are working on our solutions in a strong consortium of nine partners for the next three years to make the grid of the future a reality. The partners from the fields of grid operation, industry and science yield years of expertise in their respective fields to the project. The individual elements - components and players in the energy world - are thus optimally combined to create a joint solution for the future grid.