KESS – Municipal Energy Supply System of the Future

One of the main challenges of the conversion to renewable energy is the volatile character of the regenerative primary energy sources. That is why conventional energy conversion methods, efficient energy storage, provision of conventional residual load, and smart electricity distribution are crucial for municipal energy supply systems.

Within the interdisciplinary project KESS, technologies and concepts for a flexible power production, power distribution, and energy storage in interconnected decentralized systems will be studied. The goal of this project is to develop energy supply systems that incorporate the respective region’s energy requirements and local energy suppliers.

The participating researchers from the areas of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and information technology, philosophy, and economic sciences will develop the basis for a regional, flexible, and steady energy supply system. For the purpose of this project, a power station will be built for demonstration purposes and to validate the technological developments.

The chair of communication science will study the perception and acceptance of decentralized power generation systems in different stakeholder groups, for example, decision makers, consumers, and citizens. The focus of the empirical studies will lie on different types of primary energy as well as on various means of energy storage and transfer.

Project information:


Strategy Fund of RWTH Aachen University

Funding sum:

1,4 Mio. Euro

Funding period:

December 2014-December 2017


Barbara Zaunbrecher, M.A.

Project partners:

  • CWD RWTH Aachen - Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Jacobs
  • IKDG RWTH Aachen - Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Manfred Wirsum
  • ISK RWTH Aachen - Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Eva-Maria Jakobs/ Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Martina Ziefle
  • PGS RWTH Aachen- Univ.-Prof. Dr.h.c. Rik W. De Doncker
  • IST RWTH Aachen - Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Jeschke
  • FCN RWTH Aachen - Dr.rer.soc.oec. Reinhard Madlener