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.
Based on the experiences from several simulations, demonstrations and test facilities of smart grid technologies in Austria, there is a need for a development and test environment for automation concepts and smart grid control units. New technologies have to be tested in safe environments before they are used in field tests, in order to prevent possible problems there. The “Intelligent Low Voltage Grid” is a simulation of a low voltage grid, where loads and generators are emulated. The low voltage grid consists of a local transformer and four houses, of which two of them have photovoltaics. The topology of the grid can modified. Through the software, accelerated profiles can be run and the functionality of the hardware is defined. It allows the following concept topics to be tested in the system: algorithms for controlling a tap changer, island mode within the grid, building automation concepts, smart metering and automatic switch state detection. This project is a close cooperation between Siemens Austria and Vienna University of Technology.


Demoanlage (Foto: Friederich Kupzog)


About Alexander Wendt

Dr. Alexander Wendt is a project assistant at TU Vienna, Institute of Computer Technique (ICT). After his study of technical physics at the TU Vienna in 2007, he worked as a Safety Engineer at Frequentis AG. From 2010 to 2016, he worked on his Ph.D. the area of cognitive architectures. His research focuses on the areas of artificial intelligence as well as smart grids. Since 2011, he works in different projects in the field of Smart Grids. The focus is in the development of software architectures, which are implemented as a server, agents or control programs in Smart Grids projects. Since 2014, he works on the adaptation and implementation of cognitive architectures into control systems of buildings and other applications. He has published 20+ papers. At the IECON 2013, he was session chair for the sessions “Cognitive Architectures and Multi-agent Systems” and “Smart and Universal Grids”. He was invited to the ERF 2016 (European Robotics Forum) on the “SPARC Workshop on cognitive robotics”, where he was responsible for the group handling cognitive architectures.
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