Local energy markets as a link to energy system transformation

Overview and Research Question

The joint project with ewi Köln analyses local energy markets as a link between regional and central energy system transformation. The sub-project of the HFT Stuttgart is concerned with the model-based analysis of regional power generation systems based on the simulation platform SimStadt. EnSys-LE addresses the question of how local and national energy systems behave in relation to each other. For four representative districts in Germany, the potential for renewable energies is investigated and how it compares to the national targets for renewable energies.


The first step is an economic analysis of the basis for regulation and market organisation, which takes into account central and decentralised developments in the entire energy system. Based on this, a model framework will be developed between the HFT and ewi, which maps decentralised and centralised market structures with the necessary high degree of technical detail by further developing and coupling a total of three existing models. Finally, this model framework will be used for the parallel and interacting simulation of energy supply scenarios in four exemplary counties as well as of the electricity and heat system at the federal level in order to derive an assessment of selected forms of market organisation and regulation.

Targeted results

The research project serves to advance the state of the art in the field of local energy markets and their linkage to supra-regional markets. A key result will be, for example, the extent to which local renewable energy sources are over- or under-invested in relation to national targets.

ManagementProf. Dr. Bastian Schröter (zafh.net), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Volker Coors (ZGG)
Partner (external)Energy Economics Institute at the University of Cologne gGmbH (EWI)
FundingFederal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
Call for proposalFederal Gazette
Duration15.03.2019 - 30.09.2021, extended until 30.03.2022


Name and position Field Email and phone Room
Scientific Director of the IAF Computer Science and Geodesy +49 711 8926 2708 7/030
Professor Centre for Sustainable Energy Technology +49 711 8926 2371 7/028
Academic Staff Member (GeoInformatics) Photogrammetry and GeoInformatics +49 711 8926 2320 2/344