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Research and Development

Due to the increasing globalization of the markets in recent years and the associated question of securing the site, automation in manufacturing companies has continued to gain importance.

For the development of automation and rationalization solutions our research and development department with extensive know-how is at your disposal.
Customer-specific solutions are always being developed in a wide range of industries, such as the automotive industry, mechanical engineering and secondary raw material recovery centers, as well as industrial metrology and sensor technology.

When it comes to automation solutions, we always focus on people. For this reason, when designing rationalization and automation projects, great importance is attached to the close involvement of the customer and the determination of the optimum degree of automation. Thus, the project goal is complemented by the increase in know-how at the customer.

We offer our customers the advantage that they receive a consistent solution from planning to implementation from a single source. For this purpose, we offer a very broad range of project planning, which covers feasibility studies, potential analyzes, product design up to technology development and prototype realization. The always tailor-made solutions are characterized by pragmatic approaches in which efficiency, productivity and flexibility are in the foreground.

WindNODE - The showcase for intelligent energy from the northeast of Germany

As part of the energy turnaround in Germany, a steadily growing share of electricity production from renewable energy sources. At the same time, the phase-out of nuclear energy and the reduction of power generation from fossil fuels are promoted. We are convinced that only a municipal energy management system is capable of making this expansion ecologically and, above all, economically viable.

Project duration: December 2016 to November 2020

This project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy

WindNODE aims to further develop this Municipal Energy Management System (KEMS), which aims to capture measurements and visualize energy networks (including heat, electricity, gas). Furthermore, a simulation environment will be created to analyze the cost-effectiveness of integrating regenerative generation systems and battery storage in a network. The KEMS should provide different insights. For example, what boundary conditions for the integration of e.g. P2G plants (power-to-gas) are necessary for them to work economically. Thus, the existing networks of municipal utilities are made “intelligent” and the operator is thus able to be able to use previously unused renewable energy sources and to be able to make a contribution to the energy transition. At the same time economic incentives should be formed. Only in this way can it be ensured that both energy producers and energy consumers expand their interest in the energy transition. An essential element is the testing of new, cross-technology business concepts for the commercialization of energy, in particular of control power (for example, primary control power) of the combined total power plant. Project technical support is provided by Stadtwerke Cottbus as industrial partner and b-tu Cottbus-Senftenberg for scientific support.
The demonstrator Municipal Energy Management System (KEMS) at the Cottbus location will be a model solution in a large model region (“shop window”) for a climate-friendly, safe and efficient energy supply, with high shares of fluctuating power generation from wind and solar energy. The focus is on the intelligent networking of generation and consumption as well as the use of innovative network technologies and network operating concepts. Focusing on digitized flexibilisation, it will make a tangible practical contribution to addressing the technical, economic and regulatory challenges of the energy transition of the coming decades. The project demonstrates and addresses central challenges of the energy transition such as system integration, flexibility, security of supply, system stability and energy efficiency as well as the development of intelligent energy networks and market structures.

Application planning of municipal CHP systems

Software tool for scheduling of municipal CHP systems with integration of memory components.
An R + D joint project between IBAR Systemtechnik GmbH and BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg

The starting point
According to the plans of the Federal Government, electricity generation in Germany should be up to 80 percent renewable energy by 2050. This development has become indispensable in terms of security of supply, value for money, public acceptance and climate and environmental protection. Unfortunately, due to the minimum load restrictions of combined heat and power systems (CHP), these energies have only limited control, so that on the one hand surplus energy can not be fully utilized and on the other hand increased amounts of energy can not be provided.

The idea
The challenge is therefore to make the energy generated from solar and wind energy storable, in order to synchronize them with the strongly fluctuating energy demand.

The joint project
The R & D team of IBAR Systemtechnik GmbH has taken up this challenge and worked on the development of a standardized software tool for the integration of storage components into industrial and municipal CHP systems. The technological know-how of IBAR Systemtechnik GmbH was combined with the scientific know-how of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. Experiences from previously implemented automation solutions were coupled with experience from the areas of efficiency enhancement and flexibilisation of power plant technologies as well as the integration of renewable energies into the existing energy supply. As a result, municipal CHP operators would in future be able to ensure a stable and sustainable energy supply. It would also be possible for energy suppliers to develop new plant-specific applications and test them close to the plant.
A scalable interface would allow all plant complexes to be implemented. The developed tool would release recommendations for additional storage components to install, which in turn could be integrated into the system.

A view
The project was funded by the Ministry of Economy and European Affairs of the State of Brandenburg and the EU. The responsibility for the content of the publication lies with the author. It forms an important contribution to a future secure and efficient energy system based on renewable energies. Since such a product is not yet on the market, both partners would have a time and technological lead in project realization.

A challenge for the engineers of tomorrow - Brandenburg innovation specialists

Investing in research and development is an integral part of our corporate philosophy. In the environment of the Senftenberg University of Applied Sciences and the BTU Cottbus, we initiated innovative research projects that brought us new processes, products and, most importantly, young engineers to the company. Working student contracts with our students in writing their bachelor and master theses have already enabled us to attract a large number of well-educated and highly motivated employees.
We also want to focus more on this type of recruiting talent in the future. Our work students and innovation assistants work primarily on the development of our energy control center, which can save resources in the long term and with which we want to accompany the city of Cottbus technically and technically. Another R & D project focuses on research and analysis activities for the development of software for resource planning and control of power-to-gas plants (P2G). The aim is to enable the efficient use of surplus and otherwise unusable renewable energies. These forward-looking projects are funded by the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family from the European Social Fund (ESF) of the State of Brandenburg.

Development of a software tool for "power to heat" (P2H) plants

The R & D joint project “Module development software tool for resource planning and control of” Power to heat “(P2H) plants for the efficient use of surplus, otherwise unusable renewable energies” of the IBAR Systemtechnik GmbH and the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg contains two main thematic priorities which build on each other and complement each other:

Subproject of IBAR Systemtechnik GmbH:
“Development of a modular software tool for resource planning and control of” power to heat “systems for the efficient use of excess, otherwise unusable RE.”
Development focus is the programming technology development of energy-related algorithms and models into a software for the operational planning / control of P2H systems. ”

Subproject of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg:
“Development of algorithms for the software tool of resource planning and control of” power to heat “systems for the efficient use of surplus, otherwise unusable RE.”

In a future energy supply system with 80% and more shares of energy provision by EE, system services (SDL), such as the provision of control power in close interaction with new intelligent storage concepts at all supply levels, will become increasingly important. The power to heat concept is the conversion of electricity into heat in a supply system that can generate heat from either electricity or fossil fuels. A classic example is the district heating system of a municipal utility.
P2H offers the possibility of integrating electricity from renewable energy sources at low investment costs before it would otherwise have to be regulated. The technical components used are mature. P2H provides significant economic and carbon savings. Heating networks are particularly suitable as a “reservoir” for EE and low calorific waste heat potentials. Necessary supply structures are present above all in the area of municipal utilities. P2H can also reduce the must-run capacity of conventional power plants in the electricity market. A situation has arisen which particularly requires public utilities to adapt flexibly and quickly to the needs of the market and thus to the very needs of the improvement in results.

This R & D project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).