The move towards renewable energies as well as the progress of digitalisation bring about a fundamental structural change of integrated energy systems. The foreseeable core challenges lie in the fluctuations caused by weather and in the fact that electricity generation is thus not determined by demand, as well as in the decentralisation of energy-technical structures. The EFZN Line of Research “Integrated Energy Systems / Sector Interlinking“ addresses various levels of these challenges:

  • Strengthening small-scale energy plants to play an active role in regulating the electricity grids with decentral structures (PV systems, battery storage, combined heat and power, heat pumps, transformers, inverters etc.)
  • Analysis and optimisation of changes of processes, stakeholders and events that arise from digitalisation and intelligent integration of energy systems
  • Development of control and business management strategies for ICT-based and autonomous decentralised structures
  • Expansion of flexibility potentials in production and demand through sector interlinking (electricity sector, transportation and heat technologies)
  • Application of energy system analysis for energy system planning and for generating orientational knowledge (political, economic and technical aspects).

For this purpose we combine competences from the disciplines of electrical engineering, informatics and natural sciences in the EFZN.

Research infrastructure

The university locations provide scientists in this line of research with comprehensive research infrastructure.

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Research Scientists

Prof. Dr. Carsten Agert

Institute of Physics, DLR-Institute of Networked Energy Systems, Oldenburg

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Egbert Baake

Institute of Electrotechnology (ETP), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Peter Beck

Institute of Electrical Power Engineering and Energy Systems (IEE), Clausthal

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Beer

Institute for Risk and Reliability (IRZ), Hannover

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael H. Breitner

Institute of Information Systems Research (IWI), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Brendel

Institute of Solid State Physics (FKP), Hannover, Institute for Solar Energy Research (ISFH), Hamelin

Prof. a.D. Dr. -Ing. Wolf-Rüdiger Canders

Institute for Electrical Machines, Traction and Drives (IMAB), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Norbert Dichtl

Institute of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (ISWW), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Dinkelacker

Institute for Technical Combustion (ITV), Hannover

Prof. Dr. Achim Enders

Institute for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMV), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Engel

Institute for High Voltage Technology and Power Systems (elenia), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Ivo Feußner

Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences, Göttingen

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Richard Hanke-Rauschenbach

Institute of Electric Power Systems (IfES), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Henke

Institute for Electrical Machines, Traction and Drives (IMAB), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann

Institute for Partial Differential Equations (IWF), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Lutz Hofmann

Institute of Electric Power Systems (IfES), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Köhler

Institute for Thermodynamics (ift), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Wolfgang Kowalsky

Institute for High Frequency Technology (IHF), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Kurrat

Institute for High Voltage Technology and Power Systems (elenia), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnhoff

Department of Computing Science, OFFIS, Oldenburg

Prof. Dr. techn. Reinhard Leithner

Institute of Energy and Process Systems Engineering (InES), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Regine Mallwitz

Institute for Electrical Machines, Traction and Drives (IMAB), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Jorge Marx Gomez

Department of Computing Science, Oldenburg

Prof. a.D. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Meins

Institute for Electrical Machines, Traction and Drives (IMAB), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Mertens

Institute for Drive Systems and Power Electronics (IAL), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Michalik

Institute of Computer and Network Engineering (IDA), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernard Nacke

Institute of Electrotechnology (ETP), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Astrid Nieße

Department of Computing Science, Oldenburg

Prof. Dr.-Ing Jörn Ostermann

Institut für Informationsverarbeitung (TNT), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Ponick

Institute for Drive Systems and Power Electronics (IAL), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Reimers

Institute for Communications Technology (IfN), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Scharf

Institute for Power Plant Technology and Heat Transfer (IKW), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Scholl

Institute for Chemical and Thermal Process Engineering (ICTV), Braunschweig

Prof. Boris Schröder-Esselbach

Institute of Geoecology (IGÖ), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Schumacher

Institute of Control Engineering (IFR), Braunschweig

Prof. Dr. Gunther Seckmeyer

Institute of Meteorology and Climatology (IMUK), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Werle

Institute of Electric Power Systems (IfES), Hannover

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lars Wolf

Institute of Operating Systems and Computer Networks (IBR), Braunschweig