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Head of Smart Grid Technology Lab

Dr.-Ing. Alfio Spina

Work Details

  • Modelling and real-time simulation of distribution grids
  • Controller and Power hardware-in-the-loop simulation
  • Component and system-level validation of smart grid applications
  • IQ Dortmund – Concept design of cross-sector energy supply solutions in Dortmund City
  • iResilience – Intelligent urban infrastructures for the resilient city of the future
  • Smart Grid Technology Lab (SGTL) – Development of a test environment for smart grid technologies
  • Designetz – Solutions, strategies and impulses for the energy system of the future
  • Supporting lecture "Smart Grids (SG)" in summer semester 2020
  • Supporting lecture "Smart Grids (SG)" in summer semester 2019
  • Supporting lecture "Dezentrale Energieversorgung (DEV)" in summer semester 2018
  • Supporting lecture "Betrieb und Aufbau von Netzen (BAN)" in summer semester 2017
  • Spina, Alfio and Rehtanz, Christian. "Power hardware-in-the-loop testbeds for advances laboratory testing of smart grid applications: Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Testbeds für erweiterte Labortests von Smart-Grid-Anwendungen" at - Automatisierungstechnik, vol. 70, no. 12, 2022, pp. 1034-1046.
  • O. Pohl,  A. Spina,  and U. Häger, "Demonstration of Automated Curative Power Flow Control with a Multi-Agent System Using Distributed Series Reactors in a PHIL Simulation," Electric Power Systems Research, Volume 211, pp. 108422, 2022
  • A. Spina, C. Aldejohann, U. Häger and C. Rehtanz “Smart Grid Technology Lab: die erweiterte Testumgebung für das zukünftige Verteilnetz,” VDE Anlagentechnik (in progress)
  • A. Spina, O. Pohl, U. Häger and C. Rehtanz, "A Power-hardware-in-the-loop Setup for Testing Distributed Series Reactors,AEIT International Annual Conference, 23.09.-25.09.2020
  • S. Martinmäki, S. Repo, K. Rauma, A. Spina and C. Rehtanz, "A robust coordinated voltage control in low voltage networks validated through an experimental study - collaboration of an on-load tap changer and a battery energy storage," CIRED Workshop, Berlin, 2020
  • L. Specht, K. Rauma, A. Spina and C. Rehtanz, "Autonomous and cost-efficient operation of a stationary battery energy storage in low voltage networks," CIRED, Madrid, 2019
  • D. Kröger, K. Rauma, A. Spina and C. Rehtanz, "Scheduled charging of electric vehicles and the increase of hosting capacity by a stationary energy storage," CIRED, Madrid, 2019
  • A. Spina, K. Rauma, C. Aldejohann, M. Holt, J. Maasmann, P. Berg, F. Rettberg and C. Rehtanz, "Smart Grid Technology Lab - A Full-Scale Low Voltage Research Facility at TU Dortmund University," AEIT International Annual Conference, Bari, Italy, 03.10.-05.10.2018
  • J. Min, F. Ma, Q. Xu, Z. He, A. Luo and A. Spina, "Analysis, Design and Implementation of Passivity Based Control for Multilevel Railway Power Conditioner," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. PP, no. 99, pp. 1-1, 08.2017
  • A. Spina, R. Palaniappan, D. Hilbrich, U. Häger, C. Rehtanz, "Comparison between CHIL simulation and hardware test of a Dynamic Power Flow Controller," 12th IEEE PES PowerTech Conference, Manchester, UK, 18.6.-22.6.2017
  • M. Colonna, "Conception, implementation and laboratory testing of real-time grid control strategies with energy cross-sector technologies," Master Thesis (in progress)
  • M. Müllers, "Aufbau und experimentelle Validierung eines Teststandes für HPC-Systeme," Bachelor Thesis, Nov. 2022
  • F. Kuhn, “Implementation and validation of control strategies for the flexible operation of distribution networks with energy sector coupling approach,” Master  thesis,  Apr. 2021.
  • M. Alkayali, "Implementation and comparisons of Interface algorithms for Power hardware-in-the-loop setups," Master  thesis,  Jan. 2021
  • I. Lezaun, "Design and implementation of a MQTT–based communication interface for a hardware controller of a stationary Battery Energy Storage System," Bachelor thesis,  Jul. 2019
  • D. Kröger, "Development and Implementation of a Smart Charging Strategy for Electric Vehicles Considering Voltage and Thermal Constraints," Master  thesis,  Jan. 2019
  • J. Spinneken, "Modellierung eines Photovoltaikmoduls auf einem Echtzeitsimulator für netztechnische Untersuchungen von PV-Anlage mittels PHIL Verfahren,"  Bachelor thesis, Jul. 2018
  • S. Eichhoff, "Modellierung und Simulation eines Hochspannungsnetzes mit Impedanzreglern zur Leistungsflussregelung in einer Echtzeitsimulation," Master  thesis,  Jul. 2018
  • D. Schmid, "Konzeptionierung und agentnbasierte Modellierung eines innovativen Netzbetriebs-Agenten unter Berücksichtigung eines regionalen Flexibilitätsmarktes," Master  thesis,  Oct. 2017

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English)