The research on Intelligent Power Grids focuses on design and operating methodologies for future electricity delivery systems with special emphasis on smart autonomous distribution networks and their interaction with the upper level as well as the connected customers. The actual power delivery performance depends on the reliability of the components used in the network. Research effort is put into effects caused by substitution of HV lines by cables and online monitoring of medium voltage cables with respect to degradation. The research also focuses on power quality classification, interaction between the network and customer devices, data handling, application of advanced signal processing of electrical signals, and on agent based controls.
The research on Pulsed Power Technology concerns three interrelated systems: the power modulator, the interfacing plasma and the target process. The power modulator performs time compression and time distribution of high power pulses. The plasma, distributed in time and in space, is the interface between modulator and process. Examples of such processes are sustainable energy generation, combustion enhancement e.g. for automotive, intelligent chemical processing, re-use of materials and cleaning of off-gases, waste water and liquids.
Furthermore, research is performed on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). Shielding structures and additional metal to reroute interference current around equipment have to be designed, with constraints as being cost-effective and least-intruding, and providing protection over a broad band of frequencies and a wide range of amplitudes. Sensors for reliable measurement of current and voltage in difficult EM environment are being developed.