Energy Management

Research on information and communication technologies for the intelligent management of energy flows

Due to the increasing decentralisation of power generating modules with highly fluctuating resources as well as the growing coupling of thermal and electrical energy, efficient management systems for the deployment, the consumption and the storage of several forms of energy in distribution networks, buildings and plants is needed.

The FZI House of Living Labs serves as an ideal platform to research solutions for the energy system of the future in the fields of mobility, office, private household, and industry. The focus lies on the efficient control of decentralised deployment, the storage as well as the usage of thermal and electrical energy. The increasingly networked infrastructure of modern buildings therefore offers ideal conditions and necessitates the deployment of standardised procedures for the integration of devices and systems.

The challenges of industrial production are rather similar: In order to efficiently optimise the energy demand and the peak loads involved as well as the efficiency in the planning of plants and their control due to varying operational requirements, the FZI researches knowledge-based evaluation and control functions for the production.

The advantage of energy management is thus to provide flexibility in energy generation and load flexibility without significant impacts on the user and thus to make an essential contribution to the stability of the power grid for the imminent energy transition.

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Dr.-Ing. Birger Becker

Vice Division Manager



Birger Becker studied Informatics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) from 2003 to 2009. He completed his diploma thesis entitled "Control of Smart Home Architectures Involving Intelligent Electric Consumers and Mobile Storage" at the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) and worked there as a research associate from 2009 to 2011.

In April 2011 Birger Becker moved to the FZI. He established the department Intelligent Information and Communication in Technical Systems (IIK) and has been its department manager since 2011. He was significantly involved in the establishment of the FZI House of Living Labs and is head of the FZI Living Lab smartEnergy. In 2014 he finished his dissertation (Dr.-Ing.) on the topic "Interactive Building Energy Management".

In March 2016 Birger Becker founded EnQS GmbH as a spin-off of the FZI and developed the FZI Living Lab smartEnergy to a test laboratory according to BGI 891. The EnQS team supports its customers with long-term experience in applied energy research. The focus is on providing software and services for the selection, integration, and validation of communication and (decentralized) energy management solutions.


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