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Forschergruppe 1511

Due to the liberalization of electricity markets and the increasing use of renewable energies, European electric transmission grids are operated closer to their limits. To ensure safety and reliability of operation under these stringent requirements, the DFG research group 1511 at the Technical University of Dortmund explores innovative protection and process control applications, in particular to avoid large-scale system failures (blackouts).

Project duration: 01.09.2014 - 30.09.2018

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This research group aims at developing a coherent, wide area solution for system monitoring and protection of electrical energy systems, ranging from new algorithms to innovative information and communication technology implementations. Protection and control functions for generation-grid-configurations, transmission corridors and coordinated power flow control arise from this interdisciplinary research of nine institutes from electrical engineering, information technology, computer science and statistics.

In a joint effort, a novel, hybrid simulation approach for power and ICT systems is developed, which is employed to examine and validate individual concepts in a holistic manner, using realistic generation and transmission scenarios.

Work package 1 analyzes and optimizes the hybrid simulation environment for power grids and communication networks. The co-simulation platform INSPIRE (Integrated Co-Simulation of Power and ICT Systems for Real-Time Evaluation), implemented during phase one of the research group, provides a basis for validating applications, developed by other work packages.

Measures of decentralized grid control on basis of a multi agent system are evaluated in work package 3. In this course the Communication Networks Institute (CNI) engages in the design and analysis of efficient, load reducing networking concepts for inter agent communication, considering Quality-of-Service (QoS) requirements.

Work package 6 deals with fault tolerant and real-time capable execution and communication platforms in order to guarantee realiable operation of the power grid. With regard to communication networks, it is focussed on the application of Software-Defined Networking (SDN).


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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