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ENSURE II - “Neue EnergieNetzStrUktuRen für die Energiewende”                                                                   

With the energy transition, the electrical power system's requirements are changing. For this reason, experts from science, industry, and civil society organizations are developing a systemic approach for future power supply systems. In order to achieve the Paris climate agreement, Germany wants to use mainly renewable energies until 2050. The shift toward a sustainable energy system leads to some complex challenges:

  • volatile feed-in,
  • new energy-transportation tasks,
  • sector coupling,
  • shut down of large power plants that ensure today’s system stability.

ENSURE is working on a future power supply system that is suitable for the new challenges. In addition, the path from today's to the future system is outlined.

Our contribution

The shift in power generation results in less controllable units in the transmission system and more controllable units in the distribution system. Therefore system operation must be adapted to the new conditions concerning ancillary services and system stability. In order to counteract the lack of control options in the transmission grid, one potential approach is to control DERs in clusters to provide ancillary services for the transmission grid or a higher voltage level in general.

For this reason, a distribution network control system, which enables the control of the power flow between two voltage levels, is developed. Through the control system, ancillary services can be provided from the distribution grid to the (sub-)transmission grid. For example, in the transmission system's emergency state, the power flow between the transmission and distribution grid could be adjusted to prevent a system-wide blackout. The control system uses Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) as actuators. This type of control system is defined as Cross-Voltage-Level Power Flow Control (CPFC).

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Beyond pure simulative testing, the control concept will be investigated in the Smart Grid Technology Lab through power hardware-in-the-loop simulations.


  • Project Duration: 2020 – 2023
  • Funding by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Funding number: 03SFK1V0-2

Project Partner

Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V., DVGW-Forschungsstelle am Engler-Bunte-Institut (EBI) des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie, Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln gGmbH (EWI), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Forschungsgemeinschaft für Elektrische Anlagen und Stromwirtschaft e.V., Fachhochschule Westküste, Germanwatch e.V., Hitachi Energy, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH, OFFIS e.V., Öko-Institut, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG, Siemens AG, SWKiel Netz GmbH, Technische Universität Ilmenau, TenneT TSO GmbH


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".

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