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Intelligent Energy Systems and Active Networks


  • European Union is focusing on integrating smart grid technologies in energy systems to achieve system adequacy, energy efficiency, low-carbon and sustainability, circular economy and user comfort.
  • Power system’s architecture and its operation is changing due to large share of renewables and distributed energy resources (DERs).
  • More interaction between different energy sectors, new storage possibilities and new loads like electrical vehicles, heat pumps, and electrolysers are expected.
  • Enabling energy flexibility and efficiency for economic savings in integrated energy systems using ICT tools and big data from advanced metering infrastructures.
  • Advanced distributed management systems (ADMS) for smartening active distribution grids are highly essential.


  • New load flow patterns in distribution grids, power quality compliance, power system protection and control requires new approaches.
  • Handling of big data from smart meters and devices, for flexibility estimation, enhanced controllability and observability of energy networks.
  • Integration of ancillary services and distribution system flexibility from DSO level into TSO operation.
  • Most of the energy vectors are dis-aggregated and active only in specific markets, and the time scales and capacity allocation for operation and control of energy assets and networks are varied.
  • Need for active consumer engagement, incentive mechanisms to consumers/prosumers and their adaptability in responding to variable tariffs, emerging energy market platforms, policies and regulations.
  • Lack of operational mechanisms and decision support systems for different energy vectors to expand to other energy markets.

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Contact Information

Programme Leader

Associate Professor Birgitte Bak-Jensen
Direct phone: +45 9940 9274
E-mail: bbj@et.aau.dk

Vice programme leader

Associate Professor Florin Iov
Direct phone: +45 9940 9266
E-mail: fi@et.aau.dk

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