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02/14/2024 | Campus-Meldung

pandapower: Tool for optimizing power grids reaches 500,000 downloads

pandapower is an easy-to-use tool for modelling, analyzing and optimizing power grids with a high degree of automation. It was developed at the University of Kassel and the Fraunhofer IEE in Kassel. Thanks to its international use and integration into various processes, the software has already achieved 500,000 downloads since its release in 2016.

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"We are overwhelmed by the response that pandapower has received worldwide," says Prof. Dr. Martin Braun, who heads the Department of Energy Management and Operation of Electrical Grids at the University of Kassel and the Grid Planning and Operation research department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology IEE.

The application is based on a combination of the Python libraries pandas (processing network elements and results in table structures) and pypower (a tool for calculating power flows). As independent open source software under a BSD license, pandapower offers unlimited freedom and flexibility for developers and users. By using the standard Python libraries, pandapower achieves high computing speeds on notebooks, is portable to different operating systems and offers simple problem-shooting in the event of data errors. Converters are available for various network data formats (e.g. PowerFactory, CIM CGMES). Fraunhofer IEE offers support for other formats such as PSS Sincal, Neplan and Integral.

Our aim was to create an easy-to-use yet powerful tool that helps experts to analyze and optimize complex power grids. The success and demand for pandapower show that we have achieved this goal," says Dr. Leon Thurner, who completed his doctorate at the University of Kassel and developed the application together with his colleagues Dr. Alexander Scheidler (Fraunhofer IEE), Dr. Florian Schäfer (University of Kassel) and Roman Bolgaryn (University of Kassel).

With the ongoing further development of another open source solution pandapipes by Fraunhofer IEE and the University of Kassel, the analysis and optimization of heat, gas and water networks is also supported.

Interested parties can find more information about pandapower at: (Homepage)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Braun

Department of Energy Management and Operation of Electrical Networks

University of Kassel

Mail: +49 561 804-6202

Phone: martin.braun[at]uni-kassel[dot]de