Regionalization of Energy Supply on the Distribution Grid Level using the Model Location Kirchheimbolanden (RegEnKibo)

Project Description

In the course of the “Energiewende”, the existing centralized energy supply system will get more decentralized due to strongly volatile input of renewable energy into the distribution grid level. The research project is aimed at studying how energy supply can be regionalized on the distribution grid level in order to minimize the exchange of electric power between the transmission grid and distribution grid and to reduce the required grid extension activities. The model location for the research project is the city of Kirchheimbolanden in Rhineland-Palatinate.


Innovative Approach

The innovative project approach consists in the interim storage of the regionally produced power that cannot be consumed directly by optimized operations management schemes in the gas grid and in keeping the energy in the region in the medium term. For this operation mode that is also referred to as sector coupling, a power-to-gas facility with three-phase methanation and cogeneration plants are studied as converters between power grid and gas grid.


Project Duration:

June 01, 2015 - May 30, 2018

Project Partners:

e-rp GmbH (project coordinator), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (institutes involved: Institute of Electric Energy Systems and High-Voltage Engineering, Engler-Bunte Institute, Institute for Control Systems), DVGW test laboratory at the Engler-Bunte Institute of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, (KIT), Bingen Transfer Office  (TSB), Viessmann Group, city of Kirchheimbolanden

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Contact Person:

Prof. h. c. Dr.-Ing. Mathias Kluwe

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