Grid Monitoring Unit

Country
Germany
Sustainable development goals
  • Industry innovation and infrastructure
  • Responsible consumption and production
Project link
https://www.gridhound.de/

About the project

Gridhound is a spin-off of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH-Aachen) and the E.ON Energy Research Center. They offer a solution for a cost-effective monitoring of power distribution grids with a focus on reducing unnecessary energy consumption.

More project information

Gridhound is a spin-off of the RWTH-Aachen and the E.ON Energy Research Center. They offer a solution for a cost-effective monitoring of power distribution grids with a focus on reducing unnecessary energy consumption. Gridhound, uses a machine-learning approach for monitoring and estimating the status in distribution networks in real time to actively advance the energy turnaround and enables distribution network operators to proactively avoid problems and optimize network operation.

The executive summary of the system indicates that the Grid Monitoring Unit (GMU) performs grid voltage estimations with very few measurements. The application is trained with a large set of data matching different grid operating conditions and weather conditions. In operation the GMU maps the actual operating conditions to the patterns learned during training. To reduce the computational complexity, the distribution system is divided into several sections and the GMU performs separate voltage estimations for each section. 

With this technology, Gridhound is also helping the EU Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS) project - a Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) project with the goal of bringing an operational product to market within 3 years. ADMS will support the 2,400 distribution system operators in Europe in the active management of renewable energy sources, and aims to increase renewables by 25%, while improving grid stability by 20% in line with regulations. Gridhound is also part of three EU-Horizon-2020 projects together with the research center, all with the goal to allow more renewable energy sources in the grid and enabling the DSOs to solve the challenges of e-mobility.

Gridhound GMU, funded by the EU though FINODEX Startup Accelerator, is contributing to the SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) as well as the SDG 11 (Responsible Consumption and Production) as it allows DSOs to limit energy wastage as well as become more efficient in monitoring their grid systems.