fortiss is the research institute of the Free State of Bavaria for software-intensive systems and services with headquarters in Munich. The institute currently employs around 180 employees, who collaborate on research, development and transfer projects with universities and technology companies in Bavaria, Germany and Europe. Research is focused on state of the art methods, techniques and tools of software development, systems & service engineering and their application to reliable, secure cyber-physical systems, such as the Internet of Things (IoT). fortiss has the legal structure of a non-profit limited liability company (GmbH). Its shareholders are the Free State of Bavaria (as majority shareholder) and the Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research.

Currently, we are offering a Bachelor thesis (Computer Science/Informatics): 

Smartmeter for Electricity Network Supporting Decentralized Energy Management System (m/f/d)

In this work an alternative possibility for an energy-efficient use of the currently available (renewable) energies will be investigated, which works without interaction with other systems and nevertheless enables a network-supporting operation. The current energy quality (frequency, phase angle, current, voltage, etc.) is measured with the aid of a suitable SmartMeter, and a dynamic indicator is determined and broadcasted by the SmartMeter on the basis of which local components can decide whether to switch on or off or modulate in order to contribute to a stabilization of the external infrastructure and accordingly to changes in energy quality. The dynamic indicator is correlated with a real time price, allowing financial rewarding to appropriate reaction of the local components. The focus of the study is the SmartMeter and its functions. Its functionality will be evaluated by implementation in a grid system with flexibilities with intelligent controllers, reacting on the dynamic indicator.

Your tasks: :

  • Literature Review
                   - Network supporting operation
                   - Current approaches / technologies ­
                   - Grid codes / SmartMeter requirements
  • Use Case Development and requirement elicitation
  • Concept and Technology integration­ Measurement of energy quality
                  - Reception of indicators from external devices ­
                  - Commutation of different energy state variables to dynamic indicators ­
                  - Merger of different indicators ­
                  - Broadcast of dynamic indicator ­
                  - Record and display of energy flow in indicator histogram
                  - Price assignment, calibration­
                  - Display and communication of energy flow and price
  • Prototypical implementation and evaluation

Your profile:

  • Studies of informatics or similar
  • Knowledge of Java, git, Maven
  • Experience with Raspberry Pi (of advantage)
  • Interest in energy-related topics
  • Very good German and English skills

Our offer:

  • Varied and future-oriented field of activity
  • Demanding activities in a research-intensive environment with international exchange opportunities
  • Young, dynamic and team-oriented working atmosphere
  • Space for new ideas, for assuming responsibility, as well as for personal and professional development
  • Cooperation with industry and the research facilities of the Technical University of Munich
  • Please note that this Bachelor thesis is not remunerated

Did we catch your interest?

Please submit your application with a motivational statement, a detailed CV and a current transcript of records.


Contact: Dr. Markus Duchon