Research Projects


Buildings as efficient and interoperable components of the future energy system

Start: 10.2023

End: 09.2026

Buildings should be able to interact with the energy system (electricity grid and market). Charging processes, batteries, and heat pumps should, for example, be controlled in a way that is reasonable for the energy system. An unsolved problem is the scalability and integration of energy management solutions into the energy system.

So far, many individual solutions have been developed for individual buildings and neighborhoods. Based on former EU projects, in the WeForming project, a reference architecture will be developed and demonstrated in 6 pilot projects. One of these pilot projects is the Smart East quarter in Karlsruhe, where car-sharing electric vehicles, batteries, and photovoltaic systems are optimally coordinated. The quarter contributes to a stable, efficient, and renewable energy system.

The FZI develops algorithms for optimal schedules for regenerative electric vehicles and batteries in the Smart East quarter in Karlsruhe. The FZI is also involved in developing the European reference architecture for intelligent buildings.


Tobias Riedel

Research Scientist
Division: Intelligent Systems and Production Engineering

Research focus

Climate Action Innovation

The research focus Climate Action Innovation aims to actively promote climate protection and create sustainable solutions in energy, mobility, production, and supply and disposal via IT innovations. Security aspects of the solutions are considered from the very onset.

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