To content
Department of Social Sciences
Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research


Collaborative Data and Risk Management for Future Energy Grids –a Simulation Study

Duration: 01 May 2015–30 April 2018

Bildlogo mit dem Text "KoRiSim"

Research question

Within the framework of this project, the foundations are to be laid for cooperative information and risk management in electricity grids of the future.

The project is funded by the BMBF and is being carried out at the TU Dort­mund in an interdisciplinary manner by:

  • Institute for Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics
  • Technology Studies Group

Our industrial partner is Dort­mun­der Energie- und Wasserversorgung GmbH (DEW 21).

Research goals

The aim is to develop a simulation framework that maps both electro-technologically and sociologically relevant aspects of future-proof electricity grids. This enables us to conduct experiments with different scenarios from the point of view of both consumers and operators. In the process, various control measures are examined to see to what extent they are suitable for ensuring stable grid operation, depending on the degree of information available.

Research method

Based on interviews and literature studies, a model of a distribution network is to be developed that explicitly includes the consumer.

The implementation within the framework of an agent-based simulation is parameterised with the help of empirical data.  From a sociological point of view, the simulation model represents the choice behaviour of agents on the basis of individual utility maximisation.  Finally, it will be linked to the technical simulation of an electricity grid at the distribution grid level, which is being developed by the Institute for Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics. In this way, the project will take an explicitly socio-technological look at the energy transition.


The publications of the project can be found in our Sociology Working Papers.