Institute of Control Systems (IRS)

M. Sc. Patrick Sauter

  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
    Campus Süd
    Institut für Regelungs- und Steuerungssysteme
    Geb. 11.20 (Engler-Villa)
    Kaiserstr. 12
    D-76131 Karlsruhe

Curriculum Vitae

Studies of electrical engineering and information technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Bachelor’s thesis at the Institute for Information Processing Technology (2010). Master’s thesis at the Institute of Control Systems (IRS) on the development of a non-perceptible driver assistance system for the optimization of the vehicle’s longitudinal dynamics (2013). Since 2013, scientist at IRS.


Modeling and optimal control of volatile multi-carrier energy distribution grids

In the course of the german “Energiewende”, the complete structure of energy supply is changing. Energy is increasingly produced from regenerative sources, such as wind power, biomass, and photovoltaics (PV), as well as by conventional methods, such as local cogeneration plants. All these methods of energy production are decentralized and frequently located on the distribution grid level. Regenerative energy sources in particular are of highly volatile character due to the weather. Load of the distribution grids is increased and extension by storage systems is required. Decentralized production, storage, and conversion into other forms of energy, such as heat or gas, require new concepts for the monitoring and control of these domain-overlapping energy systems.

Research is aimed at modeling and optimal control of multi-carrier energy distribution grids. A multi-carrier energy distribution grid model covers all potential energy distribution grids of a region. In addition to the electrical power grid, this may be a gas grid, a district heating grid, or even a hydrogen grid. For such grids, a suitable model form was developed first. With it, all these distribution grids, their couplings, and decentralized supply and storage in all energy domains can be described. Based on such models, methods are developed for an optimal control of the coupled grid. To reduce supraregional grid extension, it is focused on minimizing balancing power from the transmission grid.


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