Benjamin Niersbach

Benjamin Niersbach M.Sc.

+49 6151 16-24668
+49 6151 16-24665

Landgraf-Georg-Straße 4
64283 Darmstadt

Office: S3|10 209

Working area(s)

  • Short-Circuit Calculation in Distribution Grids“

More information

  • Replication of decentralized generation plants in the short-circuit current calculation
  • Methods for stationary short-circuit current calculation
  • Is the short-circuit current calculation according to the standard sufficiently precise?

Personal Background

Through an internship in a planning office for renewable energies after graduation, I became aware of the energy technology. In my bachelor and master studies in electrical engineering and information technology, the path to energy technology was already preprogrammed. In my master's thesis I have worked on optimizing the voltage regulation of conventional power plants. Since mid-2016, I have been conducting research in the area of ​​stationary short-circuit current calculation in the field of E5.

Field of Research

Due to the structural changes in distribution networks, new rules of the game are nowadays applied in network planning and in the grid connection of generation plants and consumers. The decentralized generation units, usually renewable energies, are committed to providing services to maintain system security and stability. This has a significant influence on the system behavior of the network.

The maximum short-circuit currents occurring in the event of a fault are decisive for the dimensioning of equipment in the network and must be checked regularly. The consideration and, in particular, the modeling of decentralized generators in the short-circuit current calculation in distribution grids is an important aspect of my research. In cooperation with the distribution network operator Netze BW, different modeling strategies are compared and evaluated. The aim of my research work is the identification of favorable requirements for dynamic network support, the critical evaluation of the short-circuit standard and the issuing of recommendations for short-circuit current calculation in distribution grids.


Kraftwerke und Erneuerbare Energien
Elektrotechnisches Praktikum

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