Renewable Management and Real-Time Control Platform
The ReMaP platform has three features. The first is that it builds on and combines the existing research and development platforms at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Swiss Federal Laboratory for Materials Science and Technology (Empa).
At the PSI, researchers are developing the Energy System Integration (ESI) platform, which is focused primarily on the development of processes related to the production and use of methane and hydrogen from surplus renewable electricity.
At Empa, researchers are developing the NEST, move, and Energy Hub (ehub) demonstrators. NEST is a prize-winning modular research and innovation building in which new technologies, materials, and systems can be tested in realistic conditions. move is a demonstrator for future mobility, in which the practical use of electric vehicles charged by batteries and vehicles powered by hydrogen and methane can be investigated. ehub is an energy research and technology transfer platform that can be used to study and optimize the management of energy flows at the district level. In particular, ehub underlies NEST and move and therefore allows energy flows in the housing, work, and mobility sectors to be combined and optimized.
The relationships between the ReMaP platform and ESI at PSI as well as NEST, move, and ehub at Empa is shown in the following figure. The figure also shows the various processes and components that are already integrated into ESI and ehub and available to researchers.
The second feature of the ReMaP platform is that it is both hardware- and software-based. It aims to provide unified interfaces to energy conversion and storage components at PSI and Empa, to their models, as well as a centralized data archive. The unified interfaces allow researchers to study processes and components through simulations before actual experiments are carried out. In addition, the unified interfaces enable researchers to carry out hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulations, in which some processes and components are simulated, while others are represented by hardware.
Finally, an important feature of the ReMaP platform is that it is being developed in close collaboration with industrial partners:
- Smart Grid Solutions, in close collaboration with Super Computing Systems, is responsible for the development of the platform infrastructure and the connections to ESI at PSI and ehub at Empa.
- Adaptricity is primarily responsible for simulations of distribution grids.
- National Instruments assists with its broad know-how in control, measurements, and simulations as well as hardware.
Collaborating closely with industrial partners is crucial to the success of the project. We are interested in initiating further mutually beneficial collaborations with industrial partners. If you are interested in discussing a collaboration, please contact the ReMaP project manager, Dr. Gianfranco Guidati.