Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, RWTH Aachen University

The goal of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems ACS is to implement a multidisciplinary research approach able to capture the most recent advances in ICT to support the solution of the most advanced problems in the area of grid dynamics and automation.

In order to achieve this vision the research in ACS is organized around two main pillars:

  • Grid operations
  • ICT for Energy

Thanks to a multidisciplinary team that crosses traditional power systems and modern ICT solutions, the research at ACS can cover, in a unique way, the following scientific areas:

  • Joint analysis and design of power grid and communication infrastructure in future grids
  • Modern control architectures and protection techniques
  • Electrical distribution and usage in home, neighborhood and urban energy systems
  • Distributed measurements and monitoring
  • Data driven solutions for energy systems
  • Future Internet for energy systems
  • Advanced computing for simulation applications
  • Real time simulation and Hardware-in-the-Loop testing
  • System software and computer architectures for parallel co-simulation of power and communication systems

ACS constantly develops and expands an advanced testing facility, a research topic in itself, installed in the ACS laboratory with unique custom solutions for

  • real-time simulation of power grids,
  • hardware in the loop testing,
  • power hardware in the loop testing,
  • mixed power, control and communication simulation.