When it comes to R&D, there’s a lot going on at the Institute for Electrical Power Engineering (ieet), at the Technical University of Hamburg. To familiarize students with future energy management, the institute has initiated a project that works with microgrids and their behavior under load conditions in both normal and emergency scenarios.

The implementation runs on a demo exhibit. Different modules, each with its own energy supply and consumption characteristics, are modularly interconnected with a “grid demonstrator”. Within each module, consumers or generators can be switched on or off either individually or in groups. The resulting impact on the entire interconnected energy network become immediately visible. In the event of a blackout, battery storage within the affected microgrid begins to supply power, or another microgrid (or group of microgrids) automatically compensates for the simulated undersupply. Every status update is available and can be used to demonstrate the possibilities of a modern and intelligent energy grid, and the technology required to achieve this.


In the wake of growing decentralized energy generation and widely dispersed energy consumption, this simulation, which features industrial components, is not just a gimmick, but real science for the secure energy supply of the future.

At Bachmann, we have always supported academic research and are pleased to realize this project together with the TU-Hamburg, which has been designed to benefit students. As a technology expert in the fields of automation and energy management, we can provide the necessary controller modules and visualization components for implementation. This allows students to achieve an optimal project setup and, therefore, deliver a realistic simulation.

We look forward to reporting on the project as it progresses over the upcoming weeks.