Software-specified autonomous networks: SOFIE research group takes up work
The research group "Software-Specified Autonomous Networks" (SOFIE) headed by Prof. Albrecht Gensior from the Power Electronics and Control Group has been working on issues of energy management and the combination of power electronic systems and electrical machines since the beginning of 2023.
Local energy supply networks ensure access to electrical energy wherever access to the public energy supply network is not available or is interrupted. Services that would otherwise be provided by the public grid, such as the provision of load peaks or short-circuit current to trigger protective devices, must then be provided by the local infrastructure. Power electronic network devices play a special role here, since their behavior can be determined to a large extent by software.
Due to the increasing spread of power electronic systems, for example in the form of power converters for regenerative generation plants or charging stations for electric vehicles, power electronic systems have an increasing influence on the behavior of energy supply networks. This is particularly evident in local grids with very few or no conventional power generators.
The research group "Software-Specified Autonomous Networks" , which is supported by the Free State of Thuringia with funds from the European Social Fund, is located in this technical context: Under the leadership of Prof. Albrecht Gensior from the Power Electronics and Control Group, interdisciplinary research is being conducted on issues of energy management and the combination of power electronic systems and electrical machines, with the participation of the Small Electrical Drives Group headed by Prof. Andreas Möckel and the Power Systems Group headed by Prof. Dirk Westermann. The project, which is accompanied by an industrial advisory board, will run for three years and started at the beginning of 2023.
Prof. Albrecht Gensior
Head of Power Electronics and Control
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