Austrian Institute of Technology


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AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria's largest non-university research organization with more than 900 employees. The company takes a leading position in the Austrian innovation system and a corresponding key role in Europe. AIT provides research and technological development to realize basic innovations for the next generation of infrastructure related technologies in the fields of Health & Environment, Energy, Mobility and Safety & Security. These technological research areas are supplemented by the competence in the area of Innovation Systems. In the field of electricity networks and distributed energy resources AIT's main expertise is in low and high voltage technology, power quality, safety and reliability analysis. Furthermore, AIT provides an excellent national and international network. It is represented in several technology platforms, namely the National Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria (NTP), the National Technology Platform on PV. It is also involved in the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI), the EERA Joint Programmes on Smart Grids and PV and several Implementing Agreements of the International Energy Agency (ISGAN, IEA-PVPS). AIT has long term experience in active integration of distributed generation in distribution networks and related applications. AIT developed and optimized network driven methods for active networks operation and related simulations including the technical evaluation and validation of the concepts. Related to these topics, AIT has participated and led a number of national and international research projects such as: DISPOWER, DERlab, MetaPV, DERRI, DG DemoNet, EcoGrid EU, eBadge and iGREENGrid.

AIT's Role in ELECTRA IRP: The main task and focus of AIT will be the set-up of a proof of concept environment and the related evaluation and validation of the ELECTRA controllable flexibility including WP7 lead. Additionally the AIT contribution includes the definition of distribution network observability for network control approaches as well as required data for network monitoring. For the development of the controllers AIT will focus on controlled flexibility in distribution systems and the interaction with the transmission system mainly related to voltage control.

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Key Personnel Involved: Brunner H., Strasser T., Bletterie B., Brundlinger R.