Decentralized Energy Distribution Systems

The "Energiewende", i.e. the transition from central to decentralized energy systems, will shape the society of the coming years. The Institute for Energy Systems IES is active in the two key areas photovoltaics and electrical grids.

Concept studies, simulations and measurements are implemented. Furthermore, prototypes are built and individual training courses are offered.


Photovoltaics developed from an ecological statement and niche application to a recognized electrical power generation technology. The photovoltaic competence at the Institute for Energy Systems IES also expanded. Based on the development of measurement systems and the long-term characterization of photovoltaics, the main competences are now in the development of algorithms for yield forecasting. Prototypes are built and individual trainings are organized.

Electricity grids

The transformation of the electricity production structure changes also the requirements on the electricity grids. This can effect an expansion of the electricity network, an more intelligent operation or a change in the consumption behavior. The Institute for Energy Systems IES handles all topics, such as tariff simulations for incentive control or holistic supply concepts for neighborhoods with electricity and heat.

Wind energy

The complex winds in the Alps make the prediction of the wind potential difficult and are one reason why the wind energy application in the alpine region is still in its infancy. The Institute for Energy Systems IES has developed a geographic wind register "Windkataster", which is a unique competence in the localization of the wind energy in the large alpine region. This competence is enhanced by the detailed investigation of individual sites by high-resolution wind simulations.