Electrical Energy Systems

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    Department of Electrical Engineering, P.O. Box 513

    5600 MB Eindhoven


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    Flux 2.133

    5612 AP Eindhoven


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Introduction / mission

Welcome to our group focusing on the future of energy systems, where sustainability and energy intertwine to shape a better world. Our vision encompasses a multitude of advancements aimed at achieving a sustainable society. From renewable generation to distributed power units, electrification, and energy efficiency, we are dedicated to transforming the way we harness and utilize energy. Join us on this transformative journey as we explore innovative technologies and approaches that will power our future with clean, reliable, and efficient electricity. Together, we can create a brighter tomorrow for generations to come.  

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Transforming electricity grids towards a future-proof, sustainable energy supply

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Grand Challenges 

With the rise of renewable energy sources, the controllability of electricity production becomes more challenging. Unlike traditional power plants, renewable sources like solar and wind exhibit higher variability and intermittency. This poses a challenge in maintaining a stable and reliable electricity supply. On top of that, the amount of flexible consumption, such as demand response programs and smart grids, is expected to rise. This introduces complexity in managing and optimizing the electricity system. The ability to coordinate and incentivize flexible consumption becomes crucial to balance the supply and demand of electricity effectively. In addition, in future electric systems, decision making, and control actions will be distributed across all levels of the electricity system. This shift from centralized control to decentralized decision making requires robust communication networks, advanced data analytics, and coordination mechanisms to ensure optimal system operation and stability. As the energy landscape evolves, power flows will change direction and become more fluctuating. Distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar panels and small-scale wind turbines, introduce bidirectional power flows into the grid. These fluctuations pose challenges for grid stability, voltage regulation, and protection. Also, the transformation of the electricity system brings about new loads, such as electric vehicles and heat pumps, which increase the strain on the network infrastructure. Aging infrastructure also presents challenges in accommodating new loads and managing power fluctuations effectively. Upgrading and modernizing the network becomes essential to ensure reliability and resilience. 

Addressing these challenges requires a comprehensive approach that includes technological advancements, policy frameworks, and collaborative efforts between stakeholders. Innovation in grid management, energy storage, demand-side management, and grid infrastructure will be key to building future electric systems that can adapt to changing dynamics and meet the demands of a sustainable and reliable energy future. 

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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