One of the big technical challanges for the coming years will be the realization of "smart grids". In within that "internet for energy" there have to be coordinated energy-production, energy-storage and energy-consumption. The classical energy-networks will be overlayed by automation an telecommunication networks and thats a typical application for telematics.
Smart Grids = electrical infrastructure + communication + automation
Smart Grids = electrical infrastructure + telematics
(Source: Paul K. Houpt, Principal Scientist GE Globar Research (USA), Plenary Lecture IFAC World Congress Milan 2011)
Prediction of variable feed by regenerative energy (wind, sun)
Tolerance agains transient disturbances
Keeping the range of tolerance for
Modelling the complex, widespread overall Control-System (producers, consumers, storages)
Prediction of System-Delay and its Compensation
Linking to market mechanism and Energy-Stock-Exchanges
> complex tasks in automation of distributed control systems
> that information has to be gathered in realtime, transmitted, and appropriate action has to be taken
> there is a need for advanced telematics systems
The ZfT did work in a wide spectrum of international and national telematics projektcs
in industrial production (e.g. ReTraRo, SMART),
in environmental monitoring (e.g. EU-project Bees/mobile Robots),
in teleMedicine (e.g.as part of BMBF sponsored excellence cluster Medical Valley EMN),
in aerospace (e.g. ESA-project on groundstations networks, NaKoFo, pico and nano satellite networks),
and developed advanced solutions for relevant areas of "Smart Grids"
Sensor Networks, „Smart Meter“,
Distributed Control Systems, Delayed Control,
Interaction of Communication and Control System in realtime critical Situations,
Efficient Man-Machine-Interfaces for remote control.