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Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Collaborative Data and Risk Management for Future Energy Grids –a Simulation Study

Duration: 01 May 2015–30 April 2018

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Research question

Within the framework of this project, the foundations are to be laid for cooperative information and risk management in electricity grids of the future.

The project is funded by the BMBF and is being carried out at the TU Dort­mund in an interdisciplinary manner by:

  • Institute for Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics
  • Technology Studies Group

Our industrial partner is Dort­mun­der Energie- und Wasserversorgung GmbH (DEW 21).

Research goals

The aim is to develop a simulation framework that maps both electro-technologically and sociologically relevant aspects of future-proof electricity grids. This enables us to conduct experiments with different scenarios from the point of view of both consumers and operators. In the process, various control measures are examined to see to what extent they are suitable for ensuring stable grid operation, depending on the degree of information available.

Research method

Based on interviews and literature studies, a model of a distribution network is to be developed that explicitly includes the consumer.

The implementation within the framework of an agent-based simulation is parameterised with the help of empirical data.  From a sociological point of view, the simulation model represents the choice behaviour of agents on the basis of individual utility maximisation.  Finally, it will be linked to the technical simulation of an electricity grid at the distribution grid level, which is being developed by the Institute for Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics. In this way, the project will take an explicitly socio-technological look at the energy transition.


The publications of the project can be found in our Sociology Working Papers.


Location & approach

The  Technical University of Dortmund campus is located near the Dortmund West autobahn junction, where the A45  (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the A40 (Ruhrschnellweg B1). The most convenient autobahn exits are found on the A45 in Dortmund-Eichlinghofen (closer to the south campus) and on the B1 / A40 in Dortmund-Dorstfeld (closer to the north campus). The university is signposted at both exits.

The TU Dortmund has its own S-Bahn station ("Dortmund Universität") on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund’s central station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf’s central station via "Bahnhof Düsseldorf Flughafen". This makes the university directly accessible from the cities of Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg. Furthermore, the TU Dortmund may be reached via buslines 445, 447 and 462.
Individual timetable information for public transport is also available on the website of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, and the Dortmund Transport Authority also offers an interactive route network map.

One of the landmarks of the TU is the H-Bahn overhead monorail which connects the two campuses. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between the stops Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund Universität S. Line 2 shuttles every 5 minutes between the stops Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

To get from the Dortmund airport to the campus, we recommend taking the "Airport Express" to Dortmund's central train station (20 minutes), and then boarding the S-Bahn there.  A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometres away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.