An ESP for power grids 

Inventors of the Year 2021 | Category Outstanding Invention
What started in Wildpoldsried, Germany, as a first small testbed for island power grids, developed into Siemens’ first microgrid project with 100% renewable generation on Galapagos Islands. We drove innovation as a constant up-scaling of the number of converters. Currently, we are supporting Hawaii in stabilizing their grid while integrating a rising share of renewables.
Ulrich Münz, Principal Key Expert for Control Systems and Head of Autonomous Systems & Control at Siemens Technology in Princeton, United States.

Renewable Integration

If we as societies want to achieve our climate goals, we need to raise the share of renewables in our energy systems. But this causes challenges to grid operators: How can they still provide resiliency and avoid blackouts? Ulrich Münz and Joachim Bamberger invented a software that automatically stabilizes such grids. For Galapagos Island, they already enabled 100 percent renewable integration. Currently, they are working with Hawaii to ensure the lights stay on while they achieve their sustainability targets.