Flexible monitoring and control systems for the energy transition and mobility shift in the power distribution grid using Artificial Intelligence

The aim of the project FLEMING is to revolutionize the continuous monitoring of functions and in particular the current use of sensors in distribution networks by using methods of artificial intelligence coupled with an improvement of the associated sensor technology, and thus contribute significantly to the success of the energy and mobility turnaround in Germany.

Initial situation

The focus of German climate and energy policy is on the massive and comprehensive integration of renewable energy plants and the integration of charging stations for electric mobility into the existing power grid. The resulting numerous load fluctuations, e.g. due to decentralised solar systems, as well as the temporally and spatially concentrated energy demand due to charging infrastructure lead to a very high load on the electrical equipment and components up to an overload. At the same time, network operators are exposed to increasing efficiency and cost pressure.

Solution and expected result

The achievement of the described objectives is to be demonstrated by means of two exemplarily selected application scenarios. On the one hand, a thermal sensor system based on several infrared cameras will be used on switchgear. In the second application scenario, the dynamics of switch drives will be investigated using different sensors. A transferability of these shown results to further sensor applications, which are located between these two antipodes, is conceptually worked on.

Benefits for the target group

In order to achieve the objectives of the energy and mobility turnaround while maintaining supply quality, network operators need an improved understanding of the current state of the existing network and its components. This enables potential damage and system failures to be detected or predicted at an early stage or avoided through improved control.


  • Electrical, Precision and optical Engineering
  • Energy/Water/Disposal/Recycling
  • Research and Development

Topic Area

  • Information Management

Research Focus

  • Informationslogistik

JRF Guiding Topic

  • Society & Digitization
  • Industry & Environment


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Funding information

Supported by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag. The research in this paper is part of the project FLEMING, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) (project number 03EI6012D).