FZI Living Lab smartEnergy

Research topics at the FZI Living Lab smartEnergy

Our research focuses on IT-driven solutions for the efficient operation of energy systems with a high share of renewable energy sources:

  • Intelligent cross-linkage of various components in buildings through information and communication technologies with the aim to efficiently manage energy
  • Collection and aggregation of information about the electric and thermal energy demand in buildings, information on the availability of renewable energies in the grid, on the decentralised provisioning as well as on time and load dependent tariffs for the efficient control of energy flows
  • Design and development of energy management systems for the control of building infrastructure that is able to react to various signals or conditions without significant impairment to the user; this makes it possible to adjust energy demand and supply through intelligent measuring and control mechanisms to the situation in the grid
  • Standardisation of device and grid interfaces, development of technologies for the automation of the load management, derivation of efficient optimisation methods as well as conception and realisation of adequate user interaction interfaces
  • Design of communication architectures and optimization algorithms, in particular in context of (BSI-defined) smart metering systems with Smart Meter Gateways and Smart Meters.

The increasing share of buildings with decentralised energy supply units and the increasingly interconnected infrastructure of modern buildings form a good basis for research in the above fields.