Easy Smart Grid is Partnering up with various Organizations already

SoLAR project – First demonstration of our technology

Allensbach is a community on Lake Constance with just over 7000 inhabitants and strong ambitions for active climate protection. With a representative population density and residential building structure, it can - and wants to be - a model for a successful energy transition in Germany.

In the demonstration project “SoLAR” a real estate with 22 households will be equipped with Easy Smart Grid technology, supported by the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Local PV and a CHP generation will be integrated with heat pumps, electric vehicle chargers and showcase household appliances to balance the volatility of renewables and minimize grid load. Easy Smart Grid technology creates a local energy market to maximize consumption of locally generated energy, while minimizing control and storage complexity and thus cost.

FUSE - FUture Smart Energy: Smart grid support

Future power grids must adapt to challenges of renewable energy: Wind and sun generation depend on weather and is produced at small scale and de-centrally. As a result, generation volatility and bidirectional energy flow require completely new information and communication technology (ICT).

The Finnish-German consortium (German partners funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - BMWi) FUSE uses novel approaches such as artificial intelligence and local markets to monitor and optimize the grid and its maintenance.

Easy Smart Grid contributes its technology of decentralized demand management to this project to develop its capability to increase energy network efficiency and security of supply.

Collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS)

Göttingen (Prof. Dr. Marc. Timme, head, Network Dynamics)

Under the leadership of the (German) Federal Ministries for Education and Research (BMBF), for the Environment (BMU) and for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), a call for proposals has been launched in 2013. A consortium of five top-level research organizations in Germany as well as five application partners, iniated by the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (Prof. Dr. Marc. Timme, head, Network Dynamics and Dr. Dirk Witthaut, Project Leader Modern Power Grids) and coordinated by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research submitted a project proposal to analyze the Collective Nonlinear Dynamics of Complex Power Networks (CoNDyNet). One of the planned activities is the modelling and understanding of systems like those used in Easy Smart Grid and developing techniques to ensure stability.

Research cooperation with the Institute for Program Structures and Data Organization (IPD) at KIT

In cooperation with Dr.-Ing. Erik Buchmann, Institute for Program Structures and Data Organization from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), we use extensive simulations to develop and evaluate Easy Smart Grid algorithms that allow an optimal load balancing and pricing. Furthermore, we compare the Easy Smart Grid with energy auctions, optimization techniques and other conventional Smart Grid approaches.Dr.-Ing. Erik Buchmann is head of a Young Investigator Group and member of the Institute for Program Structures and Data Organization (IPD) at KIT. His research interests include the management and processing of any kinds of imprecise, individual-related, large-volume data sets, e.g., from wireless sensor networks, location-based systems or smart-grid installations, together with the impact on the privacy of the individuals concerned.

Research cooperation with EIFER (European Institute for Energy Research)

The European Institure for Energy Research EIFER (EIFER, EDF-KIT, EEIG) and Easy Smart Grid GmbH collaborate on a technical and economic study of decentralized frequency driven demand-side management.  Easy Smart Grid economic feature will be added to the existing UFLS (Under Frequency Load Shedding) fridge simulation realized by EIFER, in order to have a concrete quantification of the benefit/barriers of oru solution on a concrete example.

Besides, this study will also help us to value the flexibility potential that can be activated through the fridges (or other household appliances) and its influence to the penetration of renewable energy in the grid.

EIFER intends to work on economic analysis of decentralized frequency driven demand side management, especially on island systems and wishes to explore Easy Smart Grid approach to potentially enlarge its propositions.

More than ten years ago, EDF and the University of Karlsruhe (now: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT) decided to establish a common research institute devoted to energy and the environment in Karlsruhe, called EIFER, European Institute for Energy Research. Considered as the first R&D international center of the EDF Group, complementing the assets of the EDF Research & Development with around 2000 researchers, its mission is to develop a strong connection with the German academic institutes, mainly with KIT and build a high level German and European partnership network.

EIFER is a widely recognized research institute, with more than 110 employees from 14 different nationalities, developing a multidisciplinary know-how around the topics of “Sustainable Cities” and “Distributed Energy”, together with high level scientific and industrial partners, and contributing to several national and European public funded projects.