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SUSTAINABLE DISTRIBUTION GRID MONITORING IN REAL-TIME

“It is our mission to enable distribution system operators to operate the grid in the most efficient way using our innovative tools. Here we always focus on the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of the solution.“

Artur Löwen, CEO and Energy[r]evolutionist

GRIDHOUND

Gridhound is a start-up / spin-off of the RWTH-Aachen and the E.ON Energy Research Center. We offer a solution for an innovative and cost-effective monitoring of power distribution grids.

With the machine-learning approach to monitor and estimate the status of the medium and low voltage grid in real time, Gridhound actively accelerates the energy transition and enables distribution system operators to proactively avoid problems and optimize grid operation.

Distribution network operators worldwide are facing the challenges of integrating an increasing number of renewable energies while at the same time the consumption also changes, e.g. by the increasing electrification of transport and heatingcooling never risking network stability.

As a team, we target this challenge by combining the know-how and agile approach from software development with the development of energy systems.

Machine-Learning for Distribution Grids

Full grid transparency at the lowest cost

Monitoring –
Measuring instead of simulating

A digital network model and relatively few measurement points are all that the artificial intelligence of Gridhound needs to provide an accurate and transparent real-time state estimation.
Compared to traditional methods, we also achieve precise results with much less hardware usage.
We can also determine the optimum points for installing measurement in the field so that the network can be operated efficiently and transparently at all times.


(Sensitivity-) Analysis and recommendation

By combining the experiences of our IT system and energy system engineers, we are able to provide detailed analyzes and recommendations for operation. The sensitivity analysis (SeAn) determines the optimum measurement location for the installation of hardware for the state estimation in the normal switching state. The sensitivity analysis is the starting point for the optimal placement of sensors and based on this newly created grid transparency offers high-quality  action recommendations in daily grid operation.

Automation – “Active Distribution Management Systems”

With the vision of an Active Distribution Management System, Gridhound is well on its way to helping distribution system operators accelerate towards smart grids. A first step is the establishment of the necessary real-time grid transparency, followed by the evaluation and analysis of these results for relevant and meaningful action recommendations to help the power grids to acquire the necessary intelligence with a human-monitored automation.
Read more about our EU Projekt „ADMS“ .

FIELD TESTS & CASE STUDIES

Currently we validate and optimize our system in several international field tests

Quote Johannes Larsen

Johannes Larsen

Senior Expert Renewable Energies at Bayernwerk
Head of Competence Team EEG/EnWG (legal affairs) at E.ON Competence Center

“The technical, regulatory and economic complexity of the energy industry in Germany has increased rapidly in recent years and is still subjected to an ongoing process of change.
This makes it increasingly challenging and at the same time more exciting for all actors and industries affected by them to cope with the rapidly changing requirements and interactions in the energy industry.
As a network operator, I pay special attention to automation and digitalization of the grid and its systems, to meet the growing demands of the energy transition from a technical and economic perspective in the future. Gridhound provides a new and exciting approach to address the state estimation in medium and low voltage power grids.”

Being the largest regional network operator in Bavaria, Bayernwerk Netz GmbH secures energy supply in large parts of the Free State. Around 2,700 employees at more than 20 locations ensure a secure supply and work on the energy system of tomorrow. As of today, the company already transports up to 60 percent renewable energy in its grid.

ESB Networks, Ireland, is responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of all medium and low voltage grid infrastructure in the country. ESB ensures that electricity reaches the homes and businesses of 2.3 million electricity customers safely and efficiently, and has so far invested more than € 6 billion.

e-distribuzione (formerly Enel), Italy is a multi-national energy company active in the electricity and gas markets of Europe and Latin America. The Enel Group is represented on four continents, generating a net installed capacity of more than 89 GW of energy and distributing electricity and gas over a network of around 1.9 million kilometers.

PROJECTS & RESEARCH

We are part of 3 EU Horizon 2020 Projects which we would like to introduce here:

SOGNO aims to develop a cost-effective automation solution for distribution system operators to fully monitor and control the infrastructure. The SOGNO system will be equipped with innovative sensors, data analysis techniques and 5G-based ICT solutions that support VNBs to operate in real-time and generate actionable insights for further planning.

ADMS is a Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) project with the goal of bringing an operational product to market within 3 years. ADMS will support the 2,400 distribution system operators in Europe in the active management of renewable energy sources, and aims to increase renewables by 25%, while improving grid stability by 20% in line with regulations.

Consumers and utilities are increasingly using renewable energy sources such as sun, wind and biomass to reduce CO2 emissions. However, utilities are challenged to maintain a stable supply from these weather-dependent and highly diverse generation sources. The RESERVE project develops and tests new technologies that enable a stable supply of purely renewable resources.

A Spin-Off of the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH-Aachen

“Gridhound is a spin-off of RWTH Aachen and it is connected to my Institute, the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems. Gridhound is bringing new ideas in the world of network automation with special focus on Distribution Grids. Distribution Grids are currently going through a big transformation and Gridhound is one of the few players that is developing solutions that really go into the heart of this transformation. As a new player in this market, Gridhound presents solutions that are not influenced by legacy products or by old vision. Gridhound is also very flexible in its development process so that it can quickly adapt its offer to the different customers. Grid operators can be small or big and this calls for different solutions and products. Gridhound is able to accommodate the diverse needs with a family of unique and innovative solutions.

Prof. Antonello Monti, Institute Director

OUR PROJECT PARTNERS

We cooperate with strong partners from research and industry, which share our vision of a cost-efficient and reliable operation of medium and low voltage distribution networks.

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Altea Power Monitoring Solutions is a young and innovative company specialized in the development of innovative sensors for voltage and current measurement in low, medium and high voltage networks.

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MAC’s core business resides in the provision of complete integrated web-enabled wireless platform solutions based on recognized standards in wireless communications and flexible platforms solutions for web-enabled network management. John O´Flaherty, Managing Director: “Gridhound is an excellent and highly responsive company with innovative state-of-the-art tools and services for electricity grid monitoring, prediction and control, helping Utilities to increase their efficiency and ROI.”

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Ericsson is the leading provider of Communication Technologies and Services seated in Stockholm, Sweden. Ericsson is pursuing a vision of a connected future which will enable everyone to reach their full potential. Robert Farac Senior System Designer, Cloud Infrastructure at Ericsson: “I am working in Ericsson and have been working with Gridhound for few years in several European research projects and common initiatives to deploy our ideas in utilities and operations. As Gridhound is a university start-up, it provides the out-of-the-box technology solutions that are needed in the market. Gridhound has several contacts with the market through their trials and projects with utilities. They are very open for collaboration and gladly exchange their ideas and opinions.”

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CRE is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization which represents the interests of the Romanian energy industry. Their main objective is to promote active engagements of Romanian public and private energy companies in European partnerships, European co-financed projects as well as the European decision making.

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News

Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator

Gridhound is part of the Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator Program! The official nomination of this year's participants is still pending, but we are pleased to announce in advance that we will be there. About Rockstart Rockstart was founded…

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homeandsmart.de - Article about Gridhound

Mariella Wendel from homeandsmart.de has published an article about Gridhound: Gridhound gives classic power grids more intelligence More and more decentralized energy producers want to contribute to the rising demand. The market…
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From LEGO-Bricks to Grid Solution

From LEGO Bricks to Grid Solution - An Interview with Grihound CEO and Energy[r]volutionist Artur Löwen. Machine learning coupled with grid management - the Founder and CEO of Gridhound is working to solve the challenges of distribution…
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Entech Demo Day by :agile accelerator

Gridhound Pitch at Entech Demo Day by :agile accelerator - November 2017  

ADMS-EU-Projektmeeting #3

We had two very productive days with review and planning in the third project meeting of our project ADMS - Active Distribution Managemen System at the E.ON Energy Research Center of RWTH Aachen University. The partner and host, the institute…

Meet Gridhound at the European Utility Week in Amsterdam!

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TEAM

Artur Löwen

CEO and founder Artur Löwen has more than 15 years of experience in software development, e.g. for database-based CAD applications (such as Helios3D) and 3D visualization, of which he has worked more than 7 years in the energy sector.

Artur LöwenCEO and founder

The idea for Gridhound originated during his work at the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems at the E.ON Energy Research Center of RWTH Aachen University, when a European distribution network operator postulated the need for affordable capacity management for medium- and low-voltage grid monitoring. This input, coupled with the resulting implications for the future viability of the networks, led to the idea of ​​transferring machine learning methods into network operation, thereby addressing the challenge of distribution system operators with an absolutely innovative approach.
Two years later, after intensive research, planning and a proof of concept in the form of a dissertation, Gridhound was launched.

Professor Antonello Monti

Professor Antonello Monti is the head of Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems of the E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University.
For Gridhound he acts as an idea provider, visionary and consultant/adviser and shares a deep connection with Gridhound.

Professor Antonello MontiVisionary and Advisor
Nicole Gerlach

Nicole Gerlach acquired extensive experience along with international expertise in the setup, marketing and successful sale of complex products and services in her previous employments in private companies and public services. Her skills in Business Development, Marketing and Sales form a valuable link between man and technology.

Nicole GerlachBusiness Development and Marketing
Behzad Zargar

Behzad Zargar focuses on monitoring techniques for distribution networks, integration of RES as well as the control of energy systems. He started his work on his dissertation at RWTH Aachen University in 2017.

Behzad ZargarElectrical Power Engineer
Ricardo Hernandez Montoya

Ricardo Hernandez Montoya is a Software Engineer with experience in internet technologies, mobile and cloud applications as well as DevOps methods. He develops the backend in close cooperation with our Energy Systems Engineers.

Ricardo Hernandez MontoyaSoftware Systems Engineer
Khaled Tabbakh

Khaled Tabbakh works as a software developer and has been a certified Microsoft Solution Developer since 2013 as well as a specialist in web technologies. He is passionate about Internet technologies, databases and cross-browser applications. For Gridhound, he mainly works on client-side web applications and oversees the EU project SOGNO.

Khaled TabbakhSoftware Developer
Subhodeep Charkraborty

Subhodeep Chakraborty is doing his M.Sc. in Electrical Power Engineering and is writing his thesis at the Institute for Theoretical Information Technology at RWTH-Aachen. He works on the algorithm development and modeling of the machine learning process. At the interface to software development, he prepares the algorithms for integration.

 

Subhodeep CharkrabortyMaster Student Electrial Power Engineering

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Student Assistant or Intern (f/m) as
– Electrical Engineer for Smart Grids

– Software Engineer

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