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Distributed generation and renewables - Power Quality

The project will demonstrate how the integration of power electronics equipment in Distributed Generation (DG) units can actively improve the stability and quality of supply of electric power distribution networks in order to increase the penetration of DG and Renewable Energy Sources.

Long-term scenarios of the austrian electricity system

Economic analyses and scenarios of the evolution of the Austrian electricity supply system until 2050 in consideration of various technology options in order to provide energy services optimally from society's point of view.

Active operation of electrical distribution networks with high share of decentralised power generation

Conceptual design, preparation and development networks areas with active grid operation and a high share of distributed generation. Create the premises for the implementation of innovative demonstration networks by involving of all relevant players.

Use of thermal cooling technologies and optimal combination with other heat energy consumers to use during summer the available district heating based on renewable energy sources: example of the municipality of Mureck

Optimal use of heating energy from a biogas CHP in the municipality of Mureck through demand side measures; the multifunctional energy centre Mureck on the way towards thermal air-conditioning: Multi-Mukli

Technological as well as economical optimized Biomass CHP systems with regard to state-of-the-art technologies.

Analysis and presentation of representative biomass CHP systems with an electric power output of less than 2 MW. Variation of parameters and identification of potential optimized interactions between specific units. Identification of the economically and thermodynamically most optimized interconnection based on state-of-the-art technologies.

Integral Resource Optimisation Network - Concept

An integral control network for optimizing the resource "electrical energy". Concept for new, innovative services for the power market based on the latest advances in the field of modern information- and communication technologies.

Construction of a local biogas grid in G├╝ssing - Technical and economical concept for the implementation

Decentralized energy supply systems are a very important contribution for the use of regional potentials as these technical solutions are always fitted to specific conditions. Local biogas grids should complement already existing technologies and be analyzed accordingly.

Feed-in and system integration of biogas in existing gas grids

Method for assessment of technological aspects of biogas supply to existing gas grids. Definition of characteristic numbers for quantitative an qualitative analysis. Aspects of systems integration.

Integration of decentralised renewable energies in existing fossil district heating grids

Analysis of potentials as well as technical / economical and organisational solutions to integrate decentralised heating power production from renewables into existing fossil heating grids.

Integration of wind energy by load management

Simulation of optimal strategies to integrate wind energy in Austria and Germany under consideration of load management to maximize the resulting CO2-savings.

Integration of renewable energy sources for district heating in cities

Portfolio of technologies and action plan for the integration of renewable energy sources for district heating in cities and for enhancing the total efficiency of the supply chain from energy input to energy service.

Fair market conditions for virtual power plants

Analysis of technical, economical and regulatory conditions to get fair terms under competition in the liberalised market for virtual power plants on renewable energy basis.

Virtual Green Power Plant

Preparation and initiation of the implementation of a Virtual Green Power Plant based on renewable energy sources at the Program Responsible Party of oekostrom AG - The conception of a power utility within the Austrian power market.

Upgrading of biogas for the gas distribution system of Salzburg

Development of a cost-effective cleaning unit, free of waste-products, for the upgrading of biogas to natural gas quality. Elaboration of the basis for a demonstration project injecting biogas into the gas distribution system of Salzburg.

Design of pumped storage schemes

Development of a new surge tank system for pumped storage schemes (PSS) for the governing of the changing requirements in electricity networks due to integration of renewable, volatile energy sources.

Virtual power plants and DSM

For the cost efficient and lasting energy supply from ecological sources, wind, photovoltaic and biomass have to be integrated in existing grids. New methods for DSM and virtual power stations are investigated, to improve the control behaviour.

Smart Gas Grids - Intelligent Gas Networks of the Future

The basic principles of "Smart Gas Grids" will be investigated and practical issues and deployment strategies will be studied in detail. Furthermore, together with the relevant stakeholders, a "Vision- and Strategy Paper" and a draft for a "Strategic Research Agenda" will be developed.

Sustainable energy supply for Austria

Rapidly increasing energy consumption and decreasing resources of fossil fuels lead to dramatical economical, ecological and social problems.This study identified the feasible long term potential of renewable energy sources. Then ways were developed how to supply the demand for future energy consumption with renewable energy sources, despite increasing energy services.

Conception of innovative business models for active integration into network of decentraliced units for consumers and producers

Conception of economically and technically reasonable business models for network operators, producers as well as end users who have the chance to come into operation in active distribution networks until 2050.

Self-discharge mechanisms in the vanadium redox battery

The Vanadium Redox Battery is an attractive solution to uninterrupted power supply applications. The battery is very robust and easy to use and an overall efficieny of >85% would be achieveable under conditions when self-discharge is minimized.

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