Energy: Networks, Storage and Generation

Energy Efficiency and Green Energy for Industry, Households and Transport

The climate crisis has been calling for this for a long time, and the conflict with Russia makes the issue even more explosive: Saving energy is the order of the day. 

In various focal areas, the partners of the performance center are working on ways to save energy – especially from fossil fuels – and replace it with renewable energy sources.

At the Performance Center, we research more climate-friendly technologies for the future or optimize the production of companies in terms of energy consumption.

For example, the Green by IT group is involved in researching and developing innovative technology concepts for the use of renewable energy. Wendeware AG, a spin-off of Fraunhofer ITWM, takes over the marketing of the software for the implementation of the energy transition and further develops the technologies relevant for the future.

In the transfer centers and research and development labs of the performance center, projects on the following topics are processed:

Energy Generation


Yield Forecasts for Photovoltaic Systems

In the PVCAST project, a forecasting service was developed that predicts the production of a photovoltaic system for the next seven days. The specification of the plant, such as module and inverter types or the orientation and inclination of the plant, no longer plays a role.


Simulation of the Physics of Wind Turbines and Rotor Dynamics

The EU project  »UPWARDS – Understanding of the Physics of Wind Turbine and Rotor Dynamics through an Integrated Simulation Framework« started in April 2018 with the goal of enabling the development of larger and better designed wind turbines, thereby increasing wind energy capacity across Europe and the rest of the world.


Green by IT

The Green by IT group is engaged in the research and development of innovative technology concepts for the use of renewable energy.

Energy Storage


Increasing the Efficiency of Battery Storage Systems and Heat Pumps

In the state project ENERDIG, everything revolves around saving energy. The researchers are using digitization and AI, among other things, to increase the efficiency of battery storage systems and heat pumps.


Hydrogen Supply

The energy transition can only succeed if many decentralized storage options and new energy carriers are used. That is why the European Regional Development Fund ERDF is funding the AMMONPAKTOR project to explore the potential of ammonia as a hydrogen storage medium.


Development and Testing of Battery Cells

In the ABBA-VEEB project, based on the BEST simulation software, a much broader applicable design platform for both virtual design and virtual testing of current battery cells for e-mobility is being developed and fundamentally tested.

Energy Networks


Quantum Computing for the Energy Industry

In the BMWI funded project »EnerQuant«, we develop algorithms for qubit-based quantum computers and quantum simulators to solve an energy fundamental model with stochastic influence quantities. As a basis of the project, we define a simple fundamental model, which we translate into a quantum mechanical problem that can be efficiently solved on a quantum simulator.


Control Concepts for Energy Networks of the Future

In the project »MathEnergy«, the research team is developing, in particular, cross-grid, model-based monitoring and control concepts for planning and operating the electrical transmission and distribution grid.


5G Infrastructures for Cellular Energy Systems With AI

The BMWi-funded project »5Gain - 5G Infrastructures for Cellular Energy Systems Using Artificial Intelligence« aims to develop and evaluate 5G concepts for cellular energy systems.

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Batteries for E-Mobility

In the project »MultiscaleBEV«, researchers are working on customized and intelligent solutions in the virtual product development of e-vehicles. The focus is on optimized battery models: they should demonstrate high computational efficiency, be reliable and be able to be used early in the development process.


Novel Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

In the chargeBIG project, we are developing a new type of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles together with the MAHLE Group and eliso GmbH. It is cost-efficient, highly scalable and at the same time grid-serving. The aim is to electrify parking garages on a large scale as cost-effectively as possible, i.e. to equip all parking spaces in a parking garage with a charging option.


Software-Toolbox VMC®

Vehicles are on the road for different reasons. Simulations and models based on the VMC® software solution show, for example, which drive is worthwhile for which application.

In addition, the software solution can also be used to plan public transport as energy-efficiently as possible.

Energy Efficiency in Production


Energy and Cost-Efficient Drinking Water Supply

With the COpt2 project, we are following up on the successful BMBF project H2Opt with the aim of saving energy and costs in the operation and planning of drinking water supplies. We simplify and improve the workflow of water utilities and develop new ideas to prevent drinking water failure.

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Optimization of Overall Processes in the Chemical Industry

In this project, a new approach to the planning process of chemical plants is developed by means of a transparent optimization strategy. Only those solutions are calculated and further analyzed that represent the best compromises for the desired goals and objectives.


Economic Optimization of Flexible Electricity-Intensive Industrial Processes

The aim of the project »FlexEuro« is to develop methods and prototypes that support decisions on the commercialization of flexibility in electricity consumption.

Building Supply


Energy Management System Amperix

The manufacturer-independent energy management system Amperix establishes an energy hub for households and industry with its optimized control of battery storage systems, heat pumps and charging stations for e-vehicles. As a decision-making basis for the control, all energy flows in a household are recorded by the Amperix.



How can the energy transition towards renewable energy producers be achieved efficiently? This is the question addressed by the German-Dutch research project GRID-Friends.


Data and Analysis Platform for Increasing Energy Efficiency

The aim of the project is the development and establishment of a digital open data platform »Open Energy Meter Data« for energy consumption data as well as the implementation of transdisciplinary data-based use cases with the participation of the disciplines electrical engineering, technomathematics and computer science.


Climate Protection and Economic Efficiency in the Energy Supply of Buildings

When a building is planned, the best concept for the building energy should also be planned faster and easier in the future. Our optimization software calculates hundreds of energy scenarios within seconds and visualizes the most promising ones in a comprehensible way.


Energy and Supply in the Division »Optimization«

The share of renewable energies continues to increase and presents us all with new challenges. The Fraunhofer ITWM's Optimization department develops planning software that combines the domain knowledge of experts with mathematical optimization algorithms.

Energy Market



The ENets project team is creating mathematical forecast models of how the demand for electricity will develop over the course of the year in order to optimally design the power grid of the future.



For a power grid to be stable, the amount of energy fed into it and the amount of energy drawn from it must match. Reliable forecasts are needed to plan this. The team in the AGENS project is using artificial intelligence (AI) to develop algorithms that optimize such forecasts.


Risk Controlling for Energy Companies

Energy companies are exposed to a multitude of risks, the control and management of which are elementary components of corporate management. The Fraunhofer ITWM offers risk controlling software which is not limited to standards.