AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria’s largest non-university research organization with more than 1.200 employees. It takes a leading position in the Austrian innovation system and a corresponding key role in Europe. The AIT Energy Department has long term experience in development, analysis and integration of storage and power electronics-based generation from distributed energy resources in power distribution and transmission networks, both from a unit perspective and from a system level point of view. AIT is also very active in R&D of automation and ICT concepts for Smart Grids. AIT provides an excellent national and international network. It is represented in several technology platforms, namely the National Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria (NTP) and the ETIP SNET. It is also involved in EASE (European Association for Storage of Energy), EERA Joint Programmes on Smart Grids and PV and several Implementing Agreements of the International Energy Agency (ISGAN – International Smart Grid Action Network – leading the task transmission and distribution interaction, Photovoltaic Power System Programme – PVPS). AIT has been involved in most of the storage projects that have been commissioned so far in Austria. AIT has considerable research experience in integrating DER into electricity networks and has participated and led a number of national and international research projects such as: ERIGrid, IRP ELECTRA, iGREENGrid, LEAFS, DeCAS, DG DemoNetz project chain, Co-Opt, emporA, DG-EV-HIL, Interplan, Interflex, Integrid, etc.
Leveraging their expertise in power systems and storage, AIT will take a pivotal role in all feasibility studies to be carried out in this project. AIT has on one hand extensive experience defining requirements for storage systems and correspondingly testing them against specifications. On the other hand, feasibility studies for batteries have been carried out already for several use cases and end customers, namely wind farms, DSOs and TSOs. Likewise, AIT will provide valuable requirements for EMS to account for present and future ancillary services, that enable multiple revenue streams for storage units, and thus making their business case more attractive.
AIT also has wide experience with HiL setups (p-HiL, c-HIL), that have been used for all aforementioned tasks. Most of our testing campaigns include an initial step corresponding to a HIL setup where the network is simulated via a real time system that facilitates extensive testing under many conditions and different grid models.