Energy Distribution

We make “smart grids” robust and efficient

Supply and demand in the power grid must always be precisely balanced. In future, however, more and more generators will deliver electric power, the production of which is hard to predict – such as wind farms and photovoltaic plants. This means the grids must become smarter and maintain a balance themselves. “Smart grids” of this kind are a central element in the energy transition.

IAV assists its clients with innovative grid studies focusing on aspects, such as the intelligent integration of decentralized power-generating systems into power grids and strategies for operating EEG (German Renewable Energy Act) feeders and conventional generators in the most economical way possible. We also identify the basics for optimizing grid planning – by generating and analyzing realistic load flow profiles. On top of this, we conduct feasibility studies on grid stabilization measures, such as FACTS and controllable local grid transformers, as well as on load management and energy storage systems.

Our grid studies are based on our recognized expertise in computing grids – such as load flow and short-circuit computations, harmonics analyses as well as analyzing dynamic processes. For this purpose, we use standard modeling software as well as tools and simulation methods which have proven their worth over decades at IAV – a global market leader in automotive engineering. In this time, our experts have gathered vast experience in handling complex systems, such as e-vehicles. Today, this expertise benefits customers from the energy industry. Apart from power grids, our computations also cover gas grids, and we can take account of the complex interactions occurring in both systems.

We use our expertise to improve the efficiency and robustness of power grids. This benefits regions with overloaded grids and regions with a high share of renewable energies and underdeveloped grids.