Flexible Electrical Networks
Flexible Electrical Networks (FEN) Research Campus

Research for the Electricity Grids of Tomorrow

The efficient and sustainable transformation of our energy systems requires the development of innovative technologies for the electricity grids of the future. These must be able to handle large shares of energy from renewable and decentralized sources. The Flexible Electrical Networks Research Campus (FEN Research Campus for short) is addressing precisely this challenge and is thus making a major contribution towards a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply.

The FEN Research Campus is a partnership involving a number of institutes of RWTH Aachen University as well as national and international partners from different sectors of industry. Their transdisciplinary research focuses on the development and integration of direct current (DC) technologies. The university institutes and companies have joined forces to do research on the enabling technologies, such as high-efficient DC‑DC converters for the medium voltage distribution grids. Their research interests range from grid planning and operation to automation and control, standards and norms, cloud platforms for smart energy services, components and power electronics. In addition to technological issues, the research campus also addresses societal acceptance as well as biological, ecological, urban development and economic aspects.

The industrial partners are translating the research results into innovative products and services. Moreover, the research campus is actively involved in international exchange programmes and offers initial and continuing training opportunities for students through lectures and project work at RWTH Aachen University.

This research cooperation involving partners from both science and industry under one roof of the FEN Think Tank on the RWTH Aachen University Campus Melaten enables a direct and intensive transfer of knowledge. Moreover, the location of the Research Campus in Aachen in the border region between Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium is perfect for making its work known to other European Member States.

A special computer for real-time grid simulation at the E.ON ERC laboratory at RWTH Aachen University.

Flexible Electrical Networks (FEN) Research Campus

This flyer is about the Flexible Electrical Networks (FEN) Research Campus in Aachen. It is one of nine inserts that complement the brochure entitled “Research Campus Funding Initiative”. The FEN Research Campus aims to develop innovative technologies for the electricity networks of the future.

2 pages / flyer

Language: English

Partners in the Research Campus

  • RWTH Aachen University
    • Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems (ACS)
    • Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate (EBC)
    • Institute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN)
    • Institute for Applied Geophysics and Geothermal Energy (GGE) 
    • Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics (IAEW)
    • Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics (IAW)
    • Institute of Electrical Machines (IEM)
    • Institute for High Voltage Technology (IFHT)
    • Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA)
    • Institute for Urban and Regional Planning (ISL)
    • Institute of Political Science (IPW)
    • Institute of Landscape Architecture (LA)
    • Institute for Power Generations and Storage Systems (PGS)
    • Text Linguistics and Technical Communication / Human-Computer Interaction Center (TKTK/HCIC)
  • Aachen University Hospital
    • Institute of Occupational Medicine (IASA)
  • AixControl GmbH
  • ASM Terni S.p.A.
  • B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH
  • Cryptotec AG
  • E.ON SE
  • ESA Elektroschaltanlagen Grimma GmbH
  • ESKA Erich Schweizer GmbH
  • Fuji Electric Europe GmbH
  • GE Energy Power Conversion GmbH
  • Hager SE
  • Hitachi Europe GmbH
  • Hyosung Corporation AG
  • Infineon Technologies AG/Infineon Technologies Bipolar GmbH & Co. KG
  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  • MR Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH
  • Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
  • National Instruments Germany GmbH
  • Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
  • Schaffner Deutschland GmbH
  • Siemens AG
  • Sprint Capital Japan Ltd.
  • Vacuumschmelze GmbH & Co. KG
  • Westnetz GmbH