RWTH Aachen is among the leading European scientific and research institutions, with its 260 institutes in nine faculties. 43,721 students in 152 courses of study are registered for the winter semester of 2015/16, including 7,904 international students from 125 countries. Teaching at RWTH Aachen is first and foremost application-oriented. Its graduates are therefore sought-after as junior executives and leaders in business and industry.
The University’s innovative capacity is further reflected in the high number of business start-ups (currently more than 1,400). As a result, around 32,000 jobs have been created in the region in the last 25 years.
The E.ON Energy Research Centre, a public private partnership between E.ON SE and RWTH Aachen University funded in 2006, fosters innovative energy research with a strong link with industry in an interdisciplinary approach, with five institutes from four different faculties.
Within this research centre, the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems (ACS) focuses on research for the automation, modernisation and restructuring of electrical energy distribution systems. This research area deals with solutions for monitoring, maintaining and developing complex power systems. Both the simulation of dynamic processes in complex network systems as well as development of a stable and secure communication infrastructure are areas of expertise of the scientists working at ACS. The Institute is developing the science and technology for the transition to the next generation energy grid based on network distributed control systems, agent-based control, distributed observer and measurements, complex system theory and control under uncertainty. During 2014 the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology approved the merge of ACS with the Chair for Operating Systems creating the first chair in the Faculty that operates both in the Energy area and the ICT area to better address the modern challenges given by Energy Systems.
The key scientific research areas of the ACS institute are the following:
• Future power grids as cyber-physical Infrastructures
• Electrical power distribution and utilization in buildings, neighbourhoods and urban energy systems
• ICT solutions for advanced energy services
• Distributed monitoring and control of electrical power grids
• Advanced simulation methods based on High Performance Computing and Real time simulation and Hardware in the Loop testing
Gridhound, www.gridhound.de, develops innovative solutions for the current challenges of power distribution system operators. As a spin-off of the RWTH Aachen University, Gridhound incorporates the latest research in its products. It provides tools for grid monitoring, prediction and control, helping utilities to increase their efficiency, thus accelerating the transformation of the today’s power grids into Smartgrids. The focus of Gridhound is on costeffectiveness, sustainability and ease of use for its products to optimize the operation, extension, upgrade and maintenance of the grids.
Gridhound, as an SME, provides GMU (Grid Monitoring Unit) as a cloud-based data-driven monitoring service for DSOs. Using a new monitoring idea that has been developed and is in the process of being filed as a patent, Gridhound can perform this monitoring task with very few measurements, no need for system model during operation, and with very low computational cost.
Altea Power Monitoring Solutions, www.alteasolutions.com, is a privately held company focused on the development of new technologies for use in distribution lines and "Smart-Grids". The company is based in The Netherlands, with a development, testing and production facility in Switzerland and recently in Italy. Our mission is to design, develop and test current and voltage sensors and fault location systems for medium voltage distribution grids.
Altea brings together seasoned executives in new business development and engineers with broad experience and tenure in the Energy Industry. The management team, which has successfully founded and operated cutting edge emerging technology firms coupled with an innovative and solid engineering group, has designed, developed and produced Smart Grid products poised for rapid market acceptance and penetration.
The National Microelectronics Applications Centre (MAC), www.mac.ie, was established in 1981, by the Irish Government, to provide consultancy and complete innovative development and exploitation of electronic, software and e-business/e-government technological solutions.
MAC is an SME with a 34 year track record of delivering to tight schedules with industry, SMEs and public agencies to assess and assist entrepreneurial and innovative technical solutions. To date, MAC has delivered 225 leading edge product developments, 35 Web/online services, 175 process applications, 470 consultancy projects, 29 pan-European technology development consortia and 3,000 new idea evaluations. These have enabled the growth of several multi-million Euro companies. We have completed numerous evaluations, studies and outsourced R&D projects for European companies where we act as the innovator and designer of their future services and product set.
Universita di Bologna, www.unibo.it, which is almost 1000 years old, is known as the oldest University of the western world. Nowadays, UNIBO still remains one of the most important institutions of higher education across Europe and the second largest university in Italy with 11 Schools, 33 Departments and about 87.000 students; it is organized in a multi-campus structure with 5 operating sites (Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini), and, since 1998, also a permanent headquarters in Buenos Aires.