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2016-03: Planning of smart distribution grids
September 21st-23rd, 2016


Technical University of Dortmund
Institute of Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics,
Dortmund, Germany


Prof. Christian Rehtanz and Dr. Ulf Häger
Institute of Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics,
Technical University of Dortmund

Description of the course

Distribution grids for electrical energy are facing numerous new requirements and challenges caused by increased amount of installations of distributed generation as well as new loads. Besides the general fact that these devices increase (and DGs even reverse) the power flows significantly causing the need for grid extensions in the distribution grid, another aspect is that fluctuating energy sources make the power flows highly volatile. New technologies become available which provide new opportunities to face these challenges. All these aspects can be summarized under the label “Smart Grids”. Related to Smart Grids there are so called “Smart Market” activities, which create values by managing loads and DG to provide market products.

The first objective, which will be dealt with on the first day of the course, is to understand the impact of new Smart Grid technologies and Smart Market activities on distribution grid planning and to learn how to model these devices/activities in the planning process. The second objective (day two) is to learn about modern planning tools that consider the new challenges of distribution grid planning. The third objective of this course (day three) is to understand how planning of new grids should be combined with asset management to gain mutual benefits from the investments in new grid infrastructure.

Contents and Schedule

Wednesday, September 21
09:00 – 09:15    Registration
09:15 – 09:30 Opening Session
09:30 – 11:00 State of the art in Distribution Grid Planning (EWZ)
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Modelling of Smart Grid Devices and their impact on DG-planning (Andreas Underbrink, ABB)
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 Modelling of Distributed Generation and its impact on DG-planning (Christian Wagner, TU Dortmund)
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00 Modelling of Smart Markets and E-Vehicles and its impact on DG-planning (Stefan Kippelt, TU Dortmund)
Thursday, September 22
09:00 – 10:30    Agent-based distribution grid planning (Jan Kays, Amprion)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Distribution grid planning based on time-series simulation (Andreas Ulbig, Adaptricity AG)
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 On exploring the game in distribution system planning under uncertainty (Gerardo Blanco, FPUNA)
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:30 Mapping the investment strategies options in distribution system planning under uncertainty (Gerardo Blanco, FPUNA)
Friday, September 23
09:00 – 11:00    Techno-economic modelling and assessment of smart, multi-energy districts and microgrids (Nicholas Good, University of
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 Condition-based Asset Management (Lars Jendernalik, Westnetz)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Integrated Grid Planning and Asset Management (Christoph Engels, FH Dortmund)
15:00 – 16:00 Final Discussion


f+e office block Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Straße 20
44227 Dortmund,Germany


The course fees include lectures attendance, documentation (cd and binder), coffee breaks and lunches. The Course Secretariat will send an invoice/receipt to each registered participant, after the reception of the filled Registration Form, together with the bank transfer.
Other information can be found at:
or by phone
Dr. Ulf Häger +49 (0)231 9700 980
or by email
Dr. Ulf Häget

Registration form:

Further information

See the Leaflet