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Infrastructure for cellular energy systems using artificial intelligence

With the effort to limit global warming, energy systems, as a major source of CO2 emissions, are undergoing unprecedented change. One of the most important measures in this context is the conversion from conventional energy production to renewable energy sources. This is already significantly changing the structure of the energy system today. Increasingly decentralized, local generation plants and offshore wind farms, with a generation focus far away from loads, are penetrating the historically grown structure of the energy system. In addition, the electrical energy system is increasingly merging with the heat and mobility sectors, with electric vehicles and heat pumps as well as combined heat and power plants changing the load and feed-in behavior. Volatile feed-in causes an imbalance between energy production and withdrawal, which increasingly endangers the stability of the energy grid. In order to counteract this development, new concepts of grid management as well as a comprehensive, continuous monitoring and control of energy systems down to the energy distribution network level are required. This in turn leads to significant demands on the quality of service of superimposed ICT infrastructures, particularly with regard to transmission latencies, availability and scalability.

In this project a concept for cellular energy systems is developed and evaluated, whose regional load and generation behavior is optimized by machine learning methods, that consider grid and environmental data. The focus of this cellular concept is on a predominantly autonomous coordination of its individual technical units via agent systems. For the communicational connection of technical units within a cell, the 5G regional network slicing concept is used to ensure system reliability and quality of service.

A 5G campus laboratory will be established on the campus of TU Dortmund to develop a digital twin of the field test area in the center of Dortmund. Here the developed concept for cellulare energy systems and its AI-based management that communicates via 5G is tested for later integration into the field test area. The obtained results will be used to evaluate the cellular concept practical suitability.

Schematic pricture of the 5 Gain-System © ie3

Project Partners: TU Dort­mund University (ie3 and CNI), Adesso AG, DEW21, urban ENERGY, PHYSEC, Stadt Dortmund, Frauenhofer ITWM, RWTH Achen

Project Duration: 12/2019 – 12/2022


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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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