Welcome to the Department of Energy Management and Power System Operation

Department Head

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Braun

Head of the Department

Director Grid Planning and Operation Division at Fraunhofer IEE


E-Mail: e2n[at]uni-kassel.de
Phone: +49 561 804-6201

The e²n department was founded in September 2012 in the Department of Electrical Engineering / Computer Science.

The department "Energy Management and Operation of Electrical Networks" (e²n) as part of the KDEE and in close cooperation with the Fraunhofer IEE represents in research and teaching the technically and economically optimized design, control and operation of the future decentralized energy supply system (Smart Grid) with a high share of renewable energies as an important challenge of the energy transition to ensure a secure, cost-efficient and sustainable energy supply.

The main focus is on technically and economically optimized concepts and processes for the analysis, design, control and operational management of electrical grids, in particular:

  • Control and design of generators, consumers, storage units and network resources for the provision of energy and network services.
  • Methods for energy and grid management / automation solutions in decentralized supply structures with different aggregation and incentive concepts
  • Methods for automated network planning / optimized system design
  • Solutions for robust system behavior in case of failure and for network reconstruction

Essential methodological focal points are the development of methods for modeling and simulation for the analysis and description of the system in all time scales and system levels as well as the multi-criteria optimization of the design, control and operation management (incl. methods of complexity reduction).

The department is part of the Competence Center for Decentralized Electric Power Supply Engineering (KDEE) and is closely linked to the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (IEE) at the Kassel site through personnel links. The cooperation is based, among other things, on jointly supervised student theses and doctorates, offering of courses by Fraunhofer scientists, research projects and the mutual provision of infrastructure. This makes it possible to offer excellent research opportunities and wide-ranging courses.