The Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria’s largest non-university research institute, is a specialist among European research institutes in key infrastructure issues of the future. As an Ingenious Partner to industry and public institutions, AIT is already researching and developing the technologies, methods and tools of tomorrow paving the way for the innovations of the day after tomorrow. Research areas of AIT are Energy, Mobility, Safety & Security, Health & Environment and Foresight & Policy Development.
Research Area Electric Energy Infrastructure:
The increased use of renewable energy sources means that new players are being integrated into the electricity network. The stochastic characteristic of generation by photovoltaics and wind can lead to voltage fluctuations in the electricity network. The department is developing intelligent control strategies for integrating an increasing amount of new, distributed generation into the existing network infrastructure while maintaining a high standard of power supply and network stability.
Using modelling and simulation techniques, our research teams are helping the industry to develop new electronic network components and analysing their interaction with the power grid. The department is thereby laying the foundations for the smart grids of the future – intelligent electricity networks designed to ensure energy-efficient and cost-effective system operation.
Photovoltaics is one of the key technologies for the sustainable generation of electricity and will be a significant part of the future energy mix.
The energy department boasts considerable scientific expertise in this fast growing market, covering the entire solar power spectrum from solar cells and photovoltaic modules to system integration. Our experts use experimental and numerical methods to optimise existing technologies and develop new module generations. The emphasis is on performance simulations, life cycle analysis and the integration of photovoltaic systems into buildings or vehicles. One prominent field is thin-film technology, which promises considerable cost benefits owing to low material and energy requirements during production.
The EV and EVSE testing facilities embedded in the AIT SmartEST laboratory are designed to test and evaluate the integration of e-mobility into the smart grid environment. For this evaluation not only the power quality of charging processes is analysed, in order to invest the effects for the grid, but in addition to that multiple actors of the e-mobility environment can be simulated and coupled with the real hardware in the laboratory.
This HIL approach, including the fully closed loop between simulation (e.g. low voltage grid simulation) and real hardware (e.g. charging stations and electric vehicles), enables an holistic approach to test and support the design of future smart grid and e-mobility components.
Research Infrastructure and Laboratories:
Distributed generation laboratory (AIT DG Lab) and Power Service Center (AIT PSC)
The Distributed generation laboratory and the Power Service Center of AIT offer a comprehensive portfolio to test and analyse components and systems from small power electronic converters up to high power and high current devices. The laboratories enable standard test procedures on power system devices and renewable energy components to be performed as well as research and development on hybrid switches, power converters and power system networks.
The main activities of AIT DG Lab are the development of solutions for efficient realisation of decentralisation with the focus on “Power Quality and Safety“, while the main activities of AIT PSC are providing development infrastructure, focusing on the development of efficient and cost effective components.
Peer-reviewed scientific journals papers:
- T. Strasser, F. Pröstl Andrén, G. Lauss, R. Bründlinger, H. Brunner, C. Moyo, C. Seitl, S. Rohjans, S. Lehnhoff, P. Palensky, P. Kotsampopoulos, N. Hatziargyriou, G. Arnold, W. Heckmann, E. Jong, M. Verga, G. Franchioni, L. Martini, A. Kosek, O. Gehrke, H. Bindner, F. Coffele, G. Burt, M. Calin, J. Rodríguez-Seco, “Towards Holistic Power Distribution System Validation and Testing – An Overview and Discussion of Different Possibilities”, in e & i Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, Springer, vol. 133, no. 8, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s00502-016-0453-3.
Peer-reviewed conference papers:
- T. Strasser, F. Pröstl Andrén, G. Lauss, R. Bründlinger, H. Brunner, C. Moyo, C. Seitl, S. Rohjans, S. Lehnhoff, P. Palensky, P. Kotsampopoulos, N. Hatziargyriou, G. Arnold, W. Heckmann, E. Jong, M. Verga, G. Franchioni, L. Martini, A. Kosek, O. Gehrke, H. Bindner, F. Coffele, G. Burt, M. Calin, J. Rodríguez-Seco, “Towards Holistic Power Distribution System Validation and Testing – An Overview and Discussion of Different Possibilities“, in proceedings of CIGRE SESSION 46, (paper no. C6-202, Paris (FR), 2016.
- C. Seitl, C. Messner, H. Popp, J. Kathan, “Emulation of a High Voltage Home Storage Battery System using a Power Hardware-in-the-Loop Approach“, in proceedings of The 42nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON2016), Florence (IT), 2016.
- P. Jonke, J. Stöckl, Z. Miletic, R. Bründlinger, C. Seitl, F. Pröstl Andrén, G. Lauss, T. Strasser, “Integrated rapid prototyping of distributed energy resources in a real-time validation environment”, in proceedings of 2016 IEEE 25th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE), pp. 714-719, Santa Clara, CA (US), 2016.
- A. Veichtlbauer, O. Langthaler, D. Engel, C. Kasberger, F. Pröstl Andrén, T. Strasser, “Towards applied Security-by-Design for DER units”, in proceedings of 2016 IEEE 21st International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), Berlin (DE), 2016.
- F. Pröstl Andrén, T. Strasser, O. Langthaler, A. Veichtlbauer, C. Kasberger, G. Felbauer,
“Open and interoperable ICT solution for integrating distributed energy resources into smart grids”, in proceedings of 2016 IEEE 21st International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), Berlin (DE), 2016.
- C. Zanabria, F. Pröstl Andrén, J. Kathan, T. Strasser, “Towards an integrated development of control applications for multi-functional energy storages”, in proceedings of 2016 IEEE 21st International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), Berlin (DE), 2016.
- B. Lundstrom, S. Chakraborty, G. Lauss, R. Bründlinger, R. Conklin, “Evaluation of System-Integrated Smart Grid Devices using Software- and Hardware-in-the-Loop,“ in proceedings of 2016 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), Minneapolis, MN (US), 2016.
- C. Messner, J. Kathan, C. Seitl, S. Hofmüller, R. Bründlinger, “Efficiency and Effectiveness of PV Home Storage Systems Experiences from laboratory tests of commercial products,” in proceedings of European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), Munich (DE), 2016.