Mission: The future

Identifying the technology trends of tomorrow early and actively shaping them is Reinhausen’s goal. For this purpose, Reinhausen is currently participating in these seven funded future projects.


Sensors for all


How is the distribution transformer around the corner doing? The energy provider cannot say exactly; after all, there are a hundred more in the local grid! But wouldn’t it be useful to know more about this equipment in the medium-voltage and low-voltage grids, especially if the grid requirements increase in the future? Monitoring with intelligent sensors, like in high-voltage and extra-high-voltage grids, is just too expensive.

GOAL

The MAKSIM project wants to change that. It is investigating how cost-effective sensors based on MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) from other areas can be used to enable cost-effective, mass-capable systems for digitalizing the asset management of distribution grids.

PERIOD

09/2018 — 08/2021

PARTNERS

MR, zusammen mit RWTH Aachen, Fraunhofer FIT, Bosch und weiteren Partnern

FUNDING INSTITUTION

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

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Fraunhofer FIT

Decoupled local grids


Worst-case scenario: A blackout all across Germany! But does the light really have to go out everywhere? Intelligent coupling between the upstream power grid and the local grid of a community might enable a continued supply of power locally. It does not always have to be an emergency, though. If more and more new sources are added, coupling could also stabilize the grids by eliminating voltage imbalances. This can also serve the role of an accumulator by absorbing energy peaks and outputting them again later.

GOAL

The FlexNet-Eko project is researching exactly this type of grid coupling. FlexNet-Eko (“Flexibilisierung des Netzbetriebs durch entkoppelte Ortsnetze”) means making grid operation more flexible using decoupled local grids. This should reduce overloads in the power grid, helping communities become more independent from it.

PERIOD

02/2019 — 01/2022

PARTNERS

MR, together with MITNETZ STROM, TU Dresden, Mittweida University of Applied Sciences

FUNDING INSTITUTION

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

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über das Projekt FlexNet-Eko

No chance for Hackers


On the afternoon of 23 December 2015, there was a power outage for several hours in the Ukraine. 700,000 homes were affected. It was caused by a hacker attack. This example shows that energy grids are critical infrastructure and must be specially protected. And defense against cyber attacks is becoming increasingly urgent given the growing demand for networked communication and operating equipment.

GOAL

The research project hopes to develop an “Energy Safety and Secure Module” (ES3M) for secure communication in energy transmission between the infrastructure and control center, using expertise from cryptography.

PERIOD

10/2018 — 09/2021

PARTNERS

MR, together with OTH Regensburg, EDV Jost, GAI Netconsult and Amprion

FUNDING INSTITUTION

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

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Fachhochschule Regensburg

The grid of the future

The fact is that the energy revolution is impossible if energy grids are left as they are. For the supply of electricity to remain reliable and affordable into the future, we need new solutions to integrate many decentralized sources. Because electricity must continue to come reliably from the wall socket in the future.

GOAL

The Kopernikus project ENSURE (new ENergy grid StructURes for the Energy revolution) is developing an innovative power grid of the future. Here, Reinhausen is handling the design and development of new electronic power equipment as well as the use of existing equipment in the grid to enable higher utilization. As part of the project, Reinhausen is equipping old transformers in the Etzenricht substation of TenneT GmbH with ETOS ® and sensors, ensuring sustainability by optimising the service life of important equipment.

PERIOD

2019 — 2022

PARTNERS

MR, together with RWTH Aachen, Karlsruhe Institute of  Technology, Siemens AG, Schleswig-Holstein Netz AG and others.

FUNDING INSTITUTION

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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Kopernikus-Project ENSURE

DC to AC Current


Running even more electricity through existing lines? Even in the medium-voltage grid, DC transmission can contribute to safer grid operation and thus to solving the challenges of the energy revolution.

GOAL

AC2DC? No, it’s not a band—it is the name for the research project investigating the options for converting existing AC cable sections into DC connections. In the project, new technology is used and an innovative, future-proof concept for managing electrical grids is also examined. This should allow an increase in transmission power in the distribution grid.

PERIOD

04/2020 — 03/2022

PARTNERS

MR together with TU Dresden

FUNDING INSTITUTION

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

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TU Dresden

Attractive Transmission Towers


Would you like to have a transmission tower of up to 60 meters in height right outside your front door? The answer, in most cases, is
usually “No”. But in order to make the energy revolution happen, more
and more routes are necessary to transport electricity to populated
areas. What can be done?

GOAL

The European Composite Power Pylon project is looking for alternative tower designs that blend inconspicuously into the landscape. The goal is for the new high-voltage pylon to be environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and, from a technical perspective, superior to conventional
transmission towers. The support arms are made of silicone-shielded
hollow composite insulators which bear the weight of the transmission
lines and simultaneously take on the role of electrical isolation.

PERIOD

04/2019 — 03/2021

PARTNERS

MR, together with Bystrup SME, Valmont SM A/S, Nexans, RPC with RFR, Dervaux SA

FUNDED BY

The European Union

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Projekt Composite Pylon

Recharge faster


Where am I supposed to charge? How long will it take? Those are the questions people always ask when they are thinking about buying an electric car. If we are all supposed to be driving electric cars in the future, then we desperately need charging stations where the “refueling” process does not take much longer than for a traditional combustion engine.

GOAL

Where am I supposed to charge? How long will it take? Those are the questions people always ask when they are thinking about buying an electric car. If we are all supposed to be driving electric cars in the future, then we desperately need charging stations where the “refueling” process does not take much longer than for a traditional combustion engine.

PERIOD

10/2019 — 09/2022

PARTNERS

MR, together with Fraunhofer IISB and chargeIT mobility

FUNDING INSTITUTION

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

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Reinhausen


YOUR CONTACT

Would you like to learn more about the funded projects?

Katharina Völker, Project Manager Technology & Trends, would be happy to help:
  K.Voelker@reinhausen.com

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