Transfer Center

»Smart Ecosystems«

The center's activities are focused on the challenges of digitization, in particular the trends of integration, end-user programming, downloadable security concepts and adaptation.


Focus of the Transfer Center:

In the center »Smart Ecosystems« new methods and techniques of software engineering are tested in concrete application scenarios.

It is divided into three different research areas:

  • »Smart Embedded Systems«
  • »Digital Villages«
  • »GreenPowerGrid«


Associate Partners:

  • Fraunhofer ITWM and IESE
  • TU Kaiserslautern (AmSys, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology)
  • German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI

»Smart Embedded Systems«

In this area, the main focus is on developing adaptive systems and development platforms for these systems.

In this cluster, a virtual integration room for software systems will be created, enabling what-if analyses and the cooperative construction of open embedded systems.

»Digital Villages«

Software ecosystems are platforms that are operated by one party but create added value in that other providers can use this platform to implement their own applications without discrimination. This increases the benefit of the platform for all parties involved.

In the context of the Smart Rural Areas program and the projects Digital Villages, Digital PILLR and Digital Villages Bavaria, such a software ecosystem was implemented to improve the infrastructure and quality of life in rural regions through digital services.

Centre 3 will intensify its activities in this area and integrate further areas of application of the Digital Villages Platform, for example training offers, craftsman service and a payment system.


Within the demonstration project »GreenPowerGrid« a distributed battery photovoltaic power plant with over 100 units is being built in cooperation with regional partners. The distributed batteries are centrally managed via an Internet platform in such a way that maximum self-supply and maximum use of the photovoltaic potential and storage possibilities in the region can be combined into a local green electricity supply.

myPowerGrid consists of a central Internet platform for aggregating, controlling and optimizing the use of distributed storage facilities and a local energy management system that records energy flows on site and dynamically controls the storage facility according to the timetables.



The project addresses the central question of whether and how intelligent networking of energy generating, storage and distribution systems can lead to a general increase in the share of renewable energies at falling costs.

This is being investigated in the demonstration project »GreenPowerGrid« together with regional partners. The following aspects are of particular interest to researchers, private individuals and energy supply companies:

  • the interaction of the technical components
  • the behaviour of providers and operators
  • the energy costs in the »green circuit«