Energy & IT research group, Institute of Computer Technology - Vienna University of Technology

Energy & IT is a research group at the Institute of Computer Technology at the Vienna University of Technology. We work in research projects of two domains, on one side power engineering and information technology (IT) on the other side, with our goal of connecting both fields of research. The CO2-complex of problems, rising energy demand, and use of IT are causing a fundamental change of electrical energy usage. The tasks of IT inside the energy system starts with sensory data acquisition of usage data, including databases, electrical energy services, up to global distributed control mechanisms of distributed energy resources.




6. Symposium

Communications for Energy Systems

Der Einsatz von Smart Grid Technologien in der Praxis ist mit Fragestellungen verbunden, die Energietechniker, Informatiker und Energiewirtschaftler gleichermaßen betrifft. Auf der nunmehr sechsten ComForEn werden aktuelle Forschungsarbeiten diskutiert, die wesentliche … Continue reading

Projektabschluss ICT4RobustGrid

Multi-agent systems (MAS) are able to cope with complex tasks in various areas of daily life. An application field is the electric power grid and research approaches towards smart grids. Due to the increased complexity, sole control by the human seems impossible and thus high-performance assistance control systems are required. In order to use multi-agent systems, an efficient and fault-tolerant ICT infrastructure that is feasible for the task of remote control solutions, is needed. ICT4RobustGrid analyses existing structures and compares them with the requirements of a MAS and provides a road map for a possible transition from a centralized to a decentralized control system in the power supply grid. Continue reading

ComForEn 2015 Call for Papers


6th Symposium on Communications for Energy Systems


07. September 2015:  Workshops + Evening Event
08. September 2015:  Symposium
11. September 2015:  Industry Day

Coordinated with:
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Energy&IT team member Faschang wins IEEE Video Competition

From October 21st till 24th 2013 the IEEE SmartGridComm Conference took place in Vancouver, Canada. In the course of this conference the IEEE Student Video Competition took place as well, where the award for the best Smart Grid application video was granted to Mr. Mario Faschang for his … Continue reading

INiTS Award 2012 – innovative wissenschaftliche Arbeiten prämiert

Am 8. November 2012 wurde der INiTS Award zum achten Mal verliehen. Die Arbeit von Mario Faschang vom Energy&IT Team der TU Wien wurde zweifach ausgezeichnet. Das Universitäre Gründerservice INiTS prämierte im Rahmen der Preisverleihung am 8. November jene wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten, die besonders großes Potenzial für eine erfolgreiche Unternehmensgründung haben. Die Preise wurden in den Kategorien "Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie", "Life Science" und "Allgemeine Technologien" vergeben. Darüber hinaus wurden erstmals die Special Awards "greentech" und "Woman Award" verliehen. Continue reading


Georg Kienesberger, Dipl.-Ing. - Head of Group

Georg Kienesberger received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in computer science from the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, in 2009. From 2005 to 2010 his research interests were mainly in the field of control flow analysis. Besides his academic career he also worked in industry including, for instance, Siemens Austria, where he developed a custom network monitoring solution, and Alcatel-Lucent, where he worked as a consultant in the fields of network management systems, software engineering & design and high availability solutions. Furthermore he worked as a lecturer at the SAE Technology Institute.

Since 2010 he is with the Institute of Computer Technology at the Vienna University of Technology where he started working in the Energy&IT group. He is working on various projects in the field of Smart Grids and information and communication technology for energy systems in general, where he is also involved in teaching. Additionally, he is responsible for project management and in 2012 became the head of the Energy&IT group. His current research concentrates on Smart Grid architectures with a special focus on security and privacy in this area.

Evangelia Xypolytou Dipl.-Ing. – Assistant

Evangelia Xypolytou was born in Greece in 1984. She started her Studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the year 2002 at the Polytechnic school of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her specialization was Telecommunication systems and her diploma thesis regarded the optimization and development of microstrip antennas. She studied further in the field of automation-energy technology and her master thesis regarded the energy production from geothermal fluids and the case study of a geothermal field in northern Greece. She worked as supervisor for electromechanical installations and on hardware and software development for automation systems. Since October 2013 she is researcher in the Institute of Computer Technology in the field of Smart Grids; distributed energy resources, demand side management and communication technologies.

Alexander Wendt, Dipl.-Ing. - Assistant

Alexander Wendt was born in 1981 in Sweden. After high school and a year of study at the University of Linköping, Sweden, in 2002 he began studying Technical Physics at the Vienna University of Technology. His focus was applied and computer-supported physics. The degree program was completed in 2007. Between 2007 and 2010 he worked as a Safety Engineer at Frequentis AG. Since 2010 he is working on his dissertation in Cognitive Automation and situational awareness. His research focuses on the areas of artificial intelligence, knowledge representation, and database systems. In cooperation with the company Frequentis AG, he was active in the project GÖPL (Public Private Joint Situation Report), with the task of evaluating data base systems. Since mid-2011, he has worked in the field of Smart Grids in a project in cooperation with Siemens AG, where he is responsible for the development of network communication.

Marcus Meisel, BSc. - Assistant
Marcus Meisel, BSc. since 2007 project assistant in the Energy&IT Group at the Institute of Computer Technology at the Technical University of Vienna and currently works there as project manager of (SG)2, ICT4RobustGrid, RASSA-Prozess, and Whitepaper Secure Smart Grids and also is the person in charge of gender equality. He graduated in the Software & Information Engineering class of 2009 and continued his studies in the master program Software Engineering & Internet Computing, where his master’s thesis is currently reviewed. Latest projects are focused on the specification of web services for a secure smart grid (SmartWebGrid), the development of promising demand response scenarios up to 2020 (SmartResponse), the measurement of different technical customer electricity usage solutions (C2G), the simulation of geographically shiftable energy of buildings, electrical vehicles, and data centers (GeoGreen), the simulation of integrating electrified vehicles into the power grid (VehicleGrid), and the measurement and targeted modulation of electrical loads as a logical network, a virtual power plant (GAVE), the Integral Resource Optimization Concept (IRON). Apart from his work as a project assistant, his current responsibilities are gender equality, comprehensive communication of project teams, documentation, and the web presence of the Energy&IT Group.



ProAktivNetz analyzed how distributed Renewable Energy Sources (RES) can be
optimally integrated in real network operation, considering planned shutdowns or ProaktivNetz_Poster

unforeseen disturbances within the distribution grid. Reacting to these occurences, and the correlation
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The exploratory project includes the evaluation of the usefulness ofeigenlastCluster new approaches for the increasing of self-consumption of electricity and heat in buildings of municipality of Großschönau.  Models for battery  and for H2 storage of the company Fronius, as well as a … Continue reading


Multi-agent systems (MAS) are able to cope with complex tasks in various areas of ICT4RobustGriddaily life.An application field is the electric power grid and research approaches towards smart grids. Due to the increased complexity, sole control by the human seems impossible and thus … Continue reading


In thermischen Gebäudesystemen werden mittlerweile zwar Daten gesammelt, die Auswertung im laufenden Betrieb geht allerdings über reine Alarmierung bei Fehlern nicht hinaus. Für gängige Systeme mit solaren Heiz- und Kühlkomponenten sollen Algorithmen entwickelt werden, die Fehler und Ineffizienzen automatisch und möglichst systemunabhängig aus den laufenden Monitoring-Daten erkennen. Die Algorithmen werden in ausgewählten Pilotanlagen getestet. Monitoring-Infrastruktur ist bereits vorhanden und nicht Teil des Projekts.

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SolarCoolingOpt - Primärenergetische Optimierung von Anlagen zur solaren Kühlung mit effizienter Anlagentechnik und innovativen Regelstrategien
Solar Cooling Opt

Solarthermische Kühlanlagen sind nur dann energetisch sinnvoll, wenn sie deutlich weniger elektrische (Hilfs-)Energie benötigen als konventionelle Kompressionkältemaschinen. Leider ist dies bei den bisher gebauten Anlagen in vielen Fällen nicht der Fall. Daher zielt dieses Projekt darauf ab, den Primärenergieverbrauch von solarthermischen Kühlanlagen durch verbesserte Anlagenkonzepte, verbesserte Komponenten und Regelstrategien zu reduzieren.

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B2G - Smart Grids Modellregion Salzburg – Building to Grid
Building to Grid

In Smart Grids wird erwartet, dass sich Gebäude – unterstützt durch Gebäudeleittechnik und Informationstechnologie – kooperativ einfügen und ihre bislang ungenutzten Freiheitsgrade (verschiebbare Lasten, Lastabwurf, Teillastbetrieb, etc.) nutzen, um den Netzbetrieb zu optimieren. In existierenden Lösungen sind Netzoptimierung und Gebäudeoptimierung voneinander entkoppelt, dies soll durch intelligente, kommunizierende Gebäudeleittechnik geändert werden. Ein Experiment soll die Grenzen und Möglichkeiten intelligenter Gebäude in einem Smart Grid aufzeigen.

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SmartLV Grid
DG DemoNet Smart LVGridUpcoming challenges for low voltage grids include a high penetration of distributed energy resources and electric vehicles. The project aims to enable an efficient and cost effective use of existing grid infrastructures based on a three-step concept: intelligent planning, on-line monitoring, active grid management. Communication-based systems for automatic control concepts for low voltage networks will be developed and evaluated by putting them into practice. Continue reading
GAVE - Gemeinde Großschönau als virtueller Energiespeicher

GAVE analysiert erstmals in Österreich die Effektivität und Benutzerakzeptanz von automatisiertem elektrischen Lastmanagement. Private, öffentliche und gewerbliche Stromkunden in einer Gemeinde in Niederösterreich werden mit entsprechender Technik ausgestattet und beteiligen sich an einem Experiment. Es soll gezeigt werden, dass effektives Lastmanagement und Kosteneinsparungen ohne Einschränkung des Benutzerkomforts möglich ist.

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Smart Response - Demand Response for Austrian Smart Grids
Smart Response

Automated demand response has the potential to be an essential future tool for maintaining the balance of supply and demand in electrical energy systems with a very high density of generation from renewable sources. This project is tackling the problem of missing demand response implementations in Austria by analyzing demand response as a multidisciplinary phenomenon with technical, social, economic and ecologic aspects, in order to identify barriers and starting points for future developments.

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BED - Balancing Energy Demands with Buidlings
Ausgleich des Energieverbrauchs mit Gebäuden

Durch die zunehmende Verbreitung energieeffizienter Gebäude und den darin angewendeten Technologien verlagert sich die Deckung des Primärenergiebedarfs zusehends von der direkten Nutzung fossiler Primärenergieträger hin zur indirekten Nutzung durch elektrische Verbraucher (z.B. Kompressions wärmepumpen, Lüftung).

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V2G - Erstellung eines Umsetzungsplans zur Vehicle to Grid Interfaceentwicklung
Vehicle to Grid

Das Projekt wird Konzepte zu Interaktionsportalen (Visualisierung und Bedienoberfläche) für Elektromobilitätskunden in der Smart Grids Modellregion Salzburg erarbeiten, und Anforderungen und Cost/Benefits einer zukünftigen Vehicle to Grid Implementierung in Form einer Machbarkeitsstudie bewerten. Daraus wird ein Umsetzungsplan für konkrete Softwarelösungen (experimentelle Entwicklung) sowie Demonstrationsvorhaben erstellt.

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DemoanlageIn the context of numerous demonstration activities and pilot deployments of Smart Grid technologies in Austria, the need for a testing environment for automation components, smart grid controllers and their parameterization became obvious. The test facility "Intelligent Low Voltage Grid" allows various smart grid use cases to be analyzed and demonstrated. It provides a real low voltage grid with down scaled power and reduced configuration. Continue reading
OREANIS - Optimal Regional Energy-Balancing in Electrical Grids through Intelligent Storages
OREANIS - Optimierter Regionaler Energieausgleich in elektrischen Netzen durch intlligente Speicherung

Die verstärkte Nachfrage nach Energiedienstleistungen erfordert sowohl den Ausbau als auch die Umstrukturierung heutiger Energiesysteme. Vor allem in Österreich werden diese zunehmend verteilt organisiert sein und mehr und mehr auf erneuerbaren Energiequellen basieren.

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NTP SG Austria - Nationale Technologieplattform Smart Grids
NTP SG Austria

There are many existing opportunities for the Austrian industry in the area of Smart Grids (e.g. for component development, software systems, steering tools).

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SimTech Concept - Simulation Technology Laboratory Concept
SimTech Concept

The SimTech Concept is the business plan and theoretical conception of a distributed power system research laboratory for real-time simulations as well as actual power systems hardware.

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VehicleGrid - Integration von e-mobility in das elektrische Netz
Vehicle Grid

Das zentrale Ziel des Projekts "Integration of low emission vehicles with the electric distribution grid" ist es, grundsätzliche Möglichkeiten der Energiebereitstellung durch Akkumulatoren von alternative Antriebskonzepte wie hybridbetriebene Kraftfahrzeuge, Brennstoffzellenautos, Elektrofahrzeuge unter Einbeziehung intelligenter Kommunikationssysteme (intelligenter Energiesysteme) für Österreich abzuschätzen und weiterzuentwickeln.

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SmartSynergy - Synergiepotentiale in der IKT- Infrastruktur bei verschiedenen Smart-Grid-Anwendungen
Smart Synergy

Für Smart-Grid- und E-Mobilitätsanwendungen müssen verschiedenste Daten bzw. Informationen flächendeckend erfasst und verteilt werden. Unterschiedliche technische Anforderungen (z.B. Bandbreite, Echtzeit-Fähigkeit, Datensicherheit, Verfügbarkeit und Redundanz etc.), wirken sich wesentlich auch auf die Errichtungskosten der IKT-Infrastruktur aus. Die synergetische Nutzung der IKT-Infrastruktur für mehrere Anwendungen sowie die Validierung der tatsächlich realisierbaren Synergiepotenziale sind Hauptziele im Projekt.

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C2G - Consumer to Grid
Consumer to Grid

The C2G Experiment Platform is the central data hub, where online and static data from the “real world”(the selected customers) is coming together, is analysed and pre-processed to generate multimodal information output for the customer.

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DAVIC - Distributed Automation Via Implicit Channel

The main objective of the DAVIC project is to meet the rapidly increasing demand of the electrical energy using existing infrastructure of electrical power generation and distribution in an innovative and more efficient way. The increasing mismatch of energy supply and demand reveals the need for having a robust IT and communication solution in the energy sector to intensify information exchange in the grid. DAVIC is a simulation platform using OmNet++ as underlying tool.

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IRON - Integral Resource Optimization Network

IRON zielt auf die Verbesserung der Effizienz des Stromnetzes durch eine integrierte Kommunikations-Infrastruktur ab, die für von Demand Side Management, können Flexibilität bei Verbrauch und verteilte Speicher im Netz verwendet werden.

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DG DemoNet Concept - Distributied Generation Demonstration Network
DG DemoNet

The main goal of the "DG DemoNet Concept" project is to analyze the possibilities for implementing different technical solutions for enabling a very high DG penetration of the medium and/or high voltage grid.

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REMPLI - Real-time Energy Management via Powerlines and Internet

Das REMPLI System bietet eine Echtzeit-Erfassung und Steuerung für die Energieverteilung und -verbrauch und verwendet dafür Stromleitungen und Internet für die Kommunikation.

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MyJEVIS - My Java Envidatec VISualization

In Kooperation mit der Envidatec GmbH wurde die Plattform MyJEVis (Java Envidatec Visualization) am Institut für Computertechnik zum Sammeln, Visualisieren und Analysieren von Energiverbrauchsdaten unterschiedlichster Einrichtungen entwickelt.

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