The energy system is changing
Today, large power plants are increasingly being replaced by smaller decentralized plants that use renewable energy sources. Furthermore, the demand for electricity is rising due to the increase in electric vehicles and electric-powered heating systems. The grid of the future will be characterized by many of these decentralised units. This also has an impact on the distribution grid in which these plants are connected.
This is because distribution grids, which were previously only passive and distributed electricity from the large power plants into your home, are now becoming active. There are already areas in which at certain times more electricity is generated than consumed. On sunny days, the distribution grid cannot transport all the electricity produced from renewable sources, so that nowadays larger units are being shut down. Renewable energies are therefore 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 main questions in flexQgrid. In which state is the grid currently? How will the grid components be utilised tomorrow? The grid becomes transparent and we can forecast and avoid situations in which the grid and its resources are overloaded by an intelligent interaction of all components. Therefore, we are jointly developing solutions that operate in the three traffic light phases of the so-called grid traffic light. We gather 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 (3 years)
- 9 partners from grid operation, industry and science
- 1-year field test from summer 2021
Integrating as much electricity from renewable energy systems as possible into the grid - that is the goal of the nationwide unique flexQgrid project. According to the motto 'switch on flexible consumers when wind and sun are available'“.
Martin Konermann, Technical Director Netze BW GmbH
With flexQgrid, we want to show that flexible units in the distribution grid can also eliminate congestions using market instruments.
Alois Wichtlhuber, member of the board of Entelios AG
It will be interesting to use the results obtained in simulations in the field test and validate and specify models and statements for the grid of the future using real data.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Leibfried, Head of the Institute for Electrical Energy Systems and High-Voltage Technology at KIT
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.