Grid utilization – a joint project with Stadtwerke Ilmenau GmbH
In each project, the participating institutions contribute their strengths and core competences in a wide range of research fields. Fraunhofer IIS’s main contribution is its expertise in communications and communication systems, gained for instance in the areas of 3GPP standardization or LPWAN technologies such as mioty®.
Just how beneficial the collaborative partnership is to the projects is perfectly illustrated by the current collaboration with Stadtwerke Ilmenau GmbH, the local municipal utility company. In some town districts, the company requires more precise data on actual grid utilization. Without this valuable data, the company sometimes cannot be sure whether charging stations or heat pumps installed at new houses can be connected to the power grid, or if doing so will trigger an overload. The InSignA High-Performance Center provides a solution that draws heavily on the sensor and preprocessing technologies from Fraunhofer IZFP, the mioty® transmission technology from Fraunhofer IIS, and data analysis from Fraunhofer IOSB. “This digital power grid project is a particularly fine example of how our various competences dovetail with each other,” Robert says.
»Our projects pool the strengths of all participating institutions. In this way, we can complete projects together that the individual participants wouldn’t be able to manage alone.«
- Jörg Robert, Deputy Head of EMS
Innovation Hub ideas competition for SMEs
The collaboration helps SMEs like Stadtwerke Ilmenau GmbH, which don’t have the resources to finance their own research departments. One such special initiative is the InSignA Innovation Hub, or iHUB for short. This is where SMEs can submit ideas for projects as part of a competition, with a jury selecting which projects proceed. A key goal of the project, and of the InSignA High-Performance Center in general, is to encourage companies to approach and collaborate with the research institutions. And what happens next in the medium term? “The project is really still just getting started. The plan is to stabilize the collaboration and further raise our profile,” Robert says.
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