"Until now, we've been able to avoid the dangerous dynamic processes in the grid that can lead to blackouts only by taking preventive measures," said Krebs. This emans grid operators have to intervene in the schedules of power plants to prevent imminent bottlenecks, costing up to €1 billion each year. By optimising the line capacity and taking curative measures only in the event of an overload, the new monitoring and control programs can take the necessary counter-measures much more quickly than a plant's human staff.
The €5 million, three year project was part of the German Future-Oriented Power Grids initiative and also included the Ruhr University Bochum, the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF) in Magdeburg, and the Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies, and Image Exploitation, Advanced System Technology Branch (IOSB-AST) in Ilmenau. The transmission grid operators 50Hertz Transmission, TransnetBW, TenneT, and Amprion were associated project partners.
A follow on project called InnoSys2030 will look at whether the systems will also work in actual power grids, while another will be dedicated to the dynamic digital twin of power grids.