Fraunhofer IFF is developing software tools with SIEMENS AG that optimize electricity infrastructures’ interaction with other infrastructure sectors. In the future, these tools will enable infrastructure operators, such as public utilities, to continue operating their systems stably even if the growth of electric transportation and distributed injection plants increases demand. This will make it possible to postpone or even avert potentially necessary grid upgrades sometimes.
Integration between charging infrastructure and electricity grid operation is the focus in the first phase. Depending on the situation, this will enable reducing loads from charging, thus permitting a maximum charge rate by means of smart control without any risk of overloading the existing infrastructure. The focus of development is on modules for smooth integration in control systems, the optimal method of ascertaining acceptable loads and the provision of interfaces required to ensure a smooth exchange of information between the components involved. The goal is extensive automation as a function of the processes, system managers having the final say.