"Stromausfall ist nicht gleich Stromausfall"

Ein Blackout ist ein extrem seltenes Katastrophenereignis - es ist das Worst-case-Szenario für die Stromversorgung, das "wir nicht für wahrscheinlich halten", beruhigte E-Control-Vorstand Alfons Haber kürzlich bei einem Fachvortrag. "Das ist selten", bestätigte auch der Stromexperte Herwig Renner von der TU Graz, "aber ganz ausschließen kann man es nicht."

Weiterführende Informationen:
         - Präsentation der Studie von Prof. Renner

https://www.kleinezeitung.at vom 14.10.2021
https://www.derstandard.at vom 27.09.2021

OVE Energy Technology Conference 2021

From 6 to 7 October, the OVE Energy Technology Conference 2021 took place this year as a hybrid event with about 200 participants at the voestalpine Stahlwelt in Linz. Prof. Schürhuber talked about the technical challenges of integration of renewable energy sources in his presentation on "Grids and Power Electronics". Furthermore, the evening event was used to award prizes for graduation theses, and the IEAN would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Philipp Hackl as one of the winners of the Prof. Werner Rieder-Preis.

Pictures: OVE/Christian Fürthner

Ferialpraktikumsplätze im Sommer 2022 bei der KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft

Für den Sommer 2022 vergibt die KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft spannende Ferialpraktikumsplätze. Ferialpraktikanten (m/w/d) haben im Kelag-Konzern eine große Bedeutung. Daher suchen wir transparent und auf Basis definierter Zielgruppen die richtigen Ferialpraktikanten (m/w/d) für unseren Konzern – getreu dem Motto "Get the Right"!

Bis 09. Jänner 2022 können sich Studierende und Schüler (m/w/d) online für ein 1-monatiges Ferialpraktikum bewerben.

Nähere Informationen finden Sie auf: www.kelag.at/ferialpraktikum .

Team-building Event

This year's team-building event took the institute's staff to Leutschach on the southern Styrian wine route. In the course of a 12 km “Minigolf-Buschenschank” hike, team spirit was strengthened and the culinary delights of southern Styria were enjoyed.


Daniel Herbst

Excellent completion of PhD studies

We are proud to congratulate our newly graduated doctors Stefan Polster and Mike Lagler for successfully defending their doctoral theses and thus for finishing the doctoral program at TU Graz with distinction


The entire team of IEAN wishes you all the best on your future journey. We are looking forward to meet you both again soon!

You can find the published doctoral theses in the section Theses

Successful completion of the international cooperation project “Hardware-in-the-Loop Testsystem”

The "Hardware-in-the-Loop Test System" project is the first application of a new type of test and validation procedure for faster marketability of grid-compatible inverters for their manufacturers and developers.

The project approval meeting of our international cooperation project with Shanghai Dianji University was successfully held in an online meeting on June 10, 2021. The project was based on a hardware-in-the-loop test system to study test equipment, test methods and test procedures for grid compliance of wind power system. The meeting was chaired by Prof. Guochu Chen from the Dianji University and was attended by several Chinese experts, as well as experts from IEAN, including Prof. Robert Schürhuber and Prof. Lothar Fickert, as well as Dr. Ziqian Zhang and Carina Lehmal BSc. Dr. Zhang and Ms. Lehmal presented the results of the project to the Chinese side.

The Chinese experts expressed their satisfaction with the results of the project and pointed out that the proposed methodology in the project can significantly shorten the testing and certification period for wind power system. The project was successfully approved.

Ziqian Zhang

Effects of the solar storm (05/2021)

On May 12th 2021 a coronal mass ejection (CME) from May 9th 2021 arrived during noon at the Earth. Causing increased transformer neutral point current variation with current amplitudes up to 13.8 A.


The CME was detected at the Lagrange point L1 at 2021-05-12 5:48 UTC. L1 is located between the Earth and the Sun. The solar wind speed increase from 210 km/s to 450-490 km/s.

Source: https://kauai.ccmc.gsfc.nasa.gov/CMEscoreboard/

The IEAN team of Herwig Renner, Philipp Schachinger and Dennis Albert are investigating the effects of geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) on the high-voltage transmission grid in Austria together with the APG and Siemens Energy. For more information on geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) in Austria klick on our website: www.tugraz.at/institute/iean/forschung-dienstleistungen/versorgungsqualitaet-und-versorgungssicherheit/niederfrequente-sternpunktstroeme/

Dennis Albert, Philipp Schachinger

PHIL lab in full operation (05/2021)

Hundred-meter-high wind towers rise above the banks of the Danube and endless photovoltaic panels cover the plains, constantly feeding green energy into the grid. Their stable operation is essential for economic development and for ensuring our quality of life.
Recently, IEAN's PHIL lab was taken into full operation. The PHIL lab's experimental equipment replicates real electrical and mechanical systems to evaluate the stability performance of plants and grids with a high percentage of renewable energies. For this purpose, stability mechanisms need to be investigated and defined in a new way. The results provide theoretical foundations and recommendations for product improvements for manufacturers and a reliable assessment for grid operators.
Using our PHIL lab, we have investigated the fault dynamic behavior of embedded HVDC lines as well as full-scale converters for wind and PV systems. (See links for details) Furthermore, we investigated the stability of large industrial PV projects.
The research results have already been incorporated into a number of projects and serve as a key technology for the safe operation of green energy grids.


Study of stability after low voltage ride-through

Ziqian Zhang

Space Weather Workshop 2021: Geomagnetically Induced Currents and Space Weather Prediction in Austria (4/2021)


See our poster presentation during the online Space Weather Workshop 2021, where we from IEAN and ZAMG present our current research results about geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) and space weather prediction in Austria.
Rachel L. Bailey from ZAMG talks about geolectric field prediction in Austria. Philipp Schachinger and Dennis Albert talk about GIC simulation and measurement in the Austrian power grid, as well as power transformer research.

Join us on the poster session on April 22nd from 5 – 6:30 PM EDT (23:30 MEZ) on Webex https://tugraz.webex.com/tugraz-de/j.php?MTID=m050997056d2e2d903bc3dc008618ddea.
A short overview presentation can be found on our Youtube channel youtu.be/uRB5Bca73p8

Thanks to Siemens Energy and Austrian Power Grid for your support!

Dennis Albert

Cooperation TU Graz with University of Strathclyde and technical exchange with Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences (04/2021)

The Institute of Electrical Power Systems from the Technical University of Graz (IEAN) started a cooperation with the University of Strathclyde from Glasgow in the field of converter coupled systems. We found a large overlap in future research areas despite the partly different circumstances due to geography (off-shore wind power plants vs. large hydropower plants). Here, the integration of converter-fed generation systems and the corresponding stability studies are particularly of interest. Due to the joint research focus we can learn a lot from each other and there is a high interest to enhance the cooperation in the future. For this purpose, there will be regular online meetings and as soon as possible also a personal visit will be aimed.
Another technical exchange took place on 8.4.2021 with Prof. Holger Wrede with his research group "Power Electronic Energy Systems" at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. With the research focus on plant control, system management and dynamic behavior of power-electronic-dominated electrical energy systems, we complement each other in many aspects and will keep in contact.

Philipp Hackl

Project Low Frequency Currents: 7. measuring device installed (3/2021)

On March 15th the 7th transformer neutral point current measurement system from IEAN, TU Graz was installed in the Austrian transmission grid of APG at the substation ‘Westtirol’. These transformer neutral point current measurement in the Austrian transmission grid are used to study geomagnetically induced currents (GIC) and their effects on power transformers. The currents in the western area of Austria are expected to be higher than the currents in the eastern part, due to the rocky soil in this part of Austria. The already measured current support this hypothesis.

Thanks to the APG team at the substation ‘Westtirol’ for your support! Also thanks to our project partners Austrian Power Grid and Siemens Energy for your support in our joint research project Nf-Sternpunkt 2.

More information:

Dennis Albert

Xenius: Solar storms – Research of an mysterious Danger (2/2021)

In a new episode of ARTEs Xenius series, Prof. Renner was again shown to explain the influence of solar storms on power grids. The shooting for this took place in February 2020, among others at the Conrad Observatory near Vienna (earlier news).

The episode is online available in German and French until May 5, 2021:

Philipp Schachinger

Frequenzabfall im Europäischen Stromnetz am 8.1.2021 (1/2021)

Durch Ausfall einer Sammelschienenkupplung in einem kroatischen Umspannwerk wurde eine Kaskade von Leitungsausfällen ausgelöst, die letztendlich zu einer Netztrennung des europäischen Verbundnetzes führte. Durch Erzeugungsdefizit im blau eingefärbten nord-westlichen Netzteil kam es zu einer transienten Frequenzabsenkung von ca. 250 mHz.

Die Primärregelung zur Stabilisierung der Frequenz hat plangemäß funktioniert. Aus der stationären Frequenzänderung von knapp 200 mHz kann das Ausmaß der Störung (Erzeugungsausfall) mit mindestens 3000 MW abgeschätzt werden. Da die Ursache für die Frequenzänderung (Wegfall von Erzeugung) außerhalb des betrachteten nord-westlichen Netzteils lag, konnte die Sekundärregelung die Frequenz nicht automatisch auf 50 Hz zurückführen. Die in den Medien genannten manuellen Abschaltungen von Großverbrauchern waren die Konsequenz.

Lastfluss auf einer grenznahen österreichischen 400-kV-Leitung; man erkennt Primärregelenergie, die in West-Ost-Richtung durch Österreich geleitet wird.

Herwig Renner

Every year...

...the Christmas party is a fixed point on the calendar of the Institute of Electrical Power Systems (IEAN). Following this year's motto that "special times require special measures", we decided to hold our pre-Christmas get-together in 2020 virtually. Prof. Schürhuber summarised the smaller and larger highlights of the institute's year in his speech, the entire IEAN choir sang their way into the Advent season together, a virtual room escape game challenged the brain cells and one or two recited poems rounded off the event. Nonetheless, we are all already looking forward to when the social distance finally can be reduced to a good level and we can sit together again in the usual way.

The IEAN wishes all its friends and their loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2021!

Daniel Herbst

Earthing Measurement Murkraftwerk Graz Puntigam

In close cooperation with the IHS of Graz University of Technology, the IEAN carried out the final earthing measurement of the new Murkraftwerk Graz Puntigam. The aim of the measurement was to check the earthing, equipotential bonding and lightning protection system of the power plant, which is already in full operation.

IEAN and IHS accompanied the project Murkraftwerk Graz Puntigam from the very beginning with regard to the earthing, equipotential bonding and lightning protection system. In cooperation with the planners, a special earthing and lightning protection concept was developed for this power plant, which ensures the protection of persons, animals and property.

Martin Fürnschuß

Earthing Measurement UW Villach Süd

In close cooperation with IHS, IEAN carried out the final measurement of the earthing system of the new substation Villach Süd. The 220/110 kV Villach South substation is designed as an outdoor switchgear, serves as a grid support and is intended to contribute to the continued reliable supply of electricity in the Villach area. IEAN and IHS were involved in the project from the very beginning and contributed important aspects regarding the earthing and equipotential bonding and lightning protection system to the conceptual design of the substation. The aim of this measurement was to check the effectiveness of the earthing, equipotential bonding and lightning protection system to ensure the protection of persons, animals and property. Furthermore, the measurement results serve to verify the calculations of the earthing, equipotential bonding and lightning protection system of the Villach Süd substation carried out at IEAN.

Martin Fürnschuß

Institute Hiking day of the IEAN

The Institute of Electrical Power Systems has an annual institute hiking day to strengthen the team spirit and improve the work climate. This year, on 29 September 2020, it took us to the Rote Wand in Tyrnau, where we found great hiking weather and a wonderful view.

We started at 8:00 a.m. from the institute in the direction of Tyrnau, where a COVID19-compliant group picture was taken at the Rote Wand parking area, before we started the uphill hike towards the summit cross.

On the way, close to the summit cross of the Rote Wand, we spotted wild ibexes. Without being shy and completely in harmony with the beautiful surroundings, our institute director was able to get a little closer to the wild animals.

Arriving at the summit cross we enjoyed the great view which reaches from Hochschwab, Murtal, Gleinalm, Koralm to Schöckl. On the return, we stopped at the Tyrnaueralm Hut at 1350m to get some refreshment after the exhausting ascent. After a total of about 5 hours we reached the car park again and started our journey home.

Manuell Galler


AirCampus is a podcast platform of the four universities of Graz for science communication. In the course of the podcast series at Graz University of Technology, there is now an article about IEAN. In the talk, which lasts about 3 minutes, the research topic of geomagnetically induced currents and their influence on the energy transmission grid is outlined.

Philipp Schachinger

Reorganization of the institute library

The increasing number of scientific journals, technical literature and theses in the inventory of the Institute of Electrical Power Systems required a new structuring of the institute library. The outdated archiving system was replaced by the centrally administered library system of Graz University of Technology. Thus, in addition to books, all diploma and master theses, dissertations and habilitations have been added to the inventory system of the library of Graz University of Technology. During the following reorganization of the institute library, some treasures were rediscovered.

Philipp Schachinger

Lange Nacht der Forschung 2020

Die Lange Nacht der Forschung (LNF) ist einzigartig. Sie ist das größte Event für Wissenschaft und Forschung im deutschsprachigen Raum. Alle 2 Jahre werden an einem Abend in ganz Österreich innovative Erkenntnisse und bahnbrechende Technologien für ein breites Publikum zugänglich gemacht.

Dieses Jahr findet die LNF ausschließlich online statt. Von 9.10.2020 bis 30.10.2020 sind über 600 Beiträge aus ganz Österreich online abrufbar.

Auch das Thema Sonnenstürme, mit deren Auswirkungen sich Bachelor- und Masterarbeiter sowie zwei Dissertation am IEAN beschäftigen, wird in zwei Beiträgen näher beleuchtet.

Wenn es auf der Sonne stürmt

Sonnensturm: Wann kommt der nächste?

Quelle: www.langenachtderforschung.at

Dennis Albert

Support of grid restoration test from KELAG und Kärnten Netz

The grid restoration strategy after large-scale blackouts in Austria focuses on hydro power plants in Salzburg and Carinthia. The management of the grid restoration is not only trained on the simulator, but also regularly tested on the real grid through black start and island grid tests. On September 18, 2020, such tests were carried out by KELAG and Kärnten Netz with the Fragant power plant group. The Institute for Electrical Power Systems (IEAN) accompanied these tests as a scientific partner, carried out part of the measurements and took over the evaluation of the measurement data.

Hardware update for transformer neutral point measuring devices

Changes in the Earth's magnetic field can cause unwanted low-frequency currents in our electrical transmission grid. These currents flow through grounded transformer star points. In a joint research project with the Austrian transmission grid operator APG and Siemens, IEAN measures these low-frequency currents, also known as geomagnetically induced currents (GIC).

In order to be able to measure these currents also in case of future geomagnetic disturbances (GMD), the hardware of some measuring devices was updated on September 23rd and 24th, 2020. IEAN would like to thank the APG staff who supported us with the maintenance.

Philipp Schachinger, Peter Wohlfart, Dennis Albert


Universitätsassistent*in für 3 Jahre, 40 Stunden/Woche, voraussichtlich ab 1. November 2020, am Institut für Elektrische Anlagen und Netze.

Aufnahmebedingungen: Abgeschlossenes Master- bzw. Diplomstudium Elektrotechnik.
Gewünschte Qualifikationen:
Wissenschaftliches Profil im Bereich der Energie- bzw. Regelungstechnik, Programmierkenntnisse (Matlab, Python, FPGA-Programmierung), Erfahrungen im Umgang mit Simulations-Software für elektrische Netze, Erfahrungen in Lehre und Forschung, Teamfähigkeit, Kenntnisse im Projekmanagement, sehr gute Englischkenntnisse, Bereitschaft zur Zusammenarbeit mit der University of Strathclyde incl. mehrwöchigem Auslandsaufenthalt.
Einstufung: B 1 nach Kollektivvertrag für die Arbeitnehmer*innen der Universitäten; das monatliche Mindestentgelt für diese Verwendung beträgt derzeit € 2.929,-- brutto (14× jährlich) und kann sich eventuell auf Basis der kollektivvertraglichen Vorschriften durch die Anrechnung tätigkeitsspezifischer Vorerfahrungen sowie sonstige mit den Besonderheiten des Arbeitsplatzes verbundene Entgeltbestandteile erhöhen.
Ende der Bewerbungsfrist: 7. Oktober 2020
Kennzahl: 4320/20/030

Bewerbung, Lebenslauf und weitere Unterlagen sind unter genauer Bezeichnung der Stelle bzw. der Kennzahl an die Technische Universität Graz, Dekan der Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Wolfgang Bösch, MBA, Inffeldgasse 18/EG, 8010 Graz (vorzugsweise elektronisch an dekanat.etit@tugraz.at) zu richten und müssen bis spätestens Ende der Bewerbungsfrist einlangen.

Solar storms and geomagnetically induced currents

Arte-Documentation: Solar storms and geomagnetically induced currents

On Saturday, 8 August 2020 at 21:45 Arte will broadcast a documentary on solar storms and geomagnetically induced currents. The IEAN team led by Prof. Herwig Renner is investigating the effects of solar activity on the power grid as part of the Low Frequency currents project.

The shooting for this took place in February 2020, among others at the Conrad Observatory near Vienna (earlier news).

Link to the documentation: https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/086943-000-A/sonnenstuerme-die-raetselhafte-gefahr/

Philipp Schachinger, Dennis Albert

From everyday life at the institute

Our IEAN Jour Fixe was held every 14 days since 23.03.2020 COVID-19 using our video conferencing tool. Since we could not hold our first personal Jour Fixe after almost 4 months in our institute library due to the still valid rules of distance, this short meeting was moved to the lecture hall i1.

#stay healthy

Daniel Herbst

Master theses successfully defended

We congratulate the two former master students Andreas Prohammer and Tobias Wöhr for successfully defending their master thesis at IEAN. Both exams were taken via video conference, which has become routine by now.

In his master thesis Andreas Prohammer examined the behaviour of power transformers under asymmetrical DC in the phases of the high and low voltage windings.

In Tobias Wöhr's master's thesis, the behaviour of a synchronous generator and the surrounding grid in the event of a short circuit is examined.

The IEAN team congratulates to your successfully defended master thesis and whises you all the best for your future path. We are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

You can find open bachelor and master theses in the teaching section.

Dennis Albert

Obituary of the TU Graz for Manfred Wurm

Graz University of Technology and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology mourn the death of Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Manfred Wurm, who died on 6 April 2020 at the age of 59.

Manfred Wurm was born on 17 June 1960 in Vienna. After completing his education at the Secondary Technical School Vienna 4, he studied electrical power engineering at the TU Wien, which he completed “with excellency”.

In 1997 he passed the examination to be an acknowledged engineering consultant. In the following year he was granted the status of chartered engineering consultant for electrical and electronic engineering, and shortly afterwards he received the certificate of competence for the operation of an engineering consultancy office for electrical engineering.

Manfred Wurm began his professional career at Elin Union AG with the development of high voltage switchgear. From 1992 to 2000 he carried out various planning tasks as legally responsible director for Umwelttechnik Wien GmbH. He then worked at Cegelec GmbH as a project manager and authorized representative for electrical plant construction, before joining Netz Niederösterreich GmbH, where he developed protection concepts and project planning guidelines for network engineering. In addition, he found time and energy for commissioning activities, fault analyses and coaching activities in the network planning department.

In the academic field, his dissertation with the title “Comparison of methods for determining fault location distance for single-pole fault detection in practical grid operation" is proof of his restless practice-based research interest, which he completed at the Institute for Electrical Power Systems at our Technical University in 2013. His teaching activities at technical universities included guest lectures at Graz University of Technology and TU Wien and - since 2014 - he has been a university lecturer in protection technology, for which he was even nominated for the Best Lecture Award of TU Wien in 2017.

With Manfred Wurm, Graz University of Technology has lost a highly esteemed colleague and popular lecturer. Our condolences and sympathy go to his wife and family.

Lothar Fickert


In the past few days, despite the currently difficult circumstances, five students have successfully completed their Bachelor's or Master's thesis at IEAN.

Congratulations to Benjamin Jauk, Abedin Bytqi, Matthias Rüschitz and Konstantin Tschabuschnig for successfully defending their master thesis. Congratulations also to Peter Wohlfart on the successful completed his Bachelor thesis.

The IEAN wishes you success in your future professional life or in your further studies. You are cordially invited to visit the IEAN again in the future - we always look forward to see you again!

Despite the current circumstances, it is possible to start your Bachelor's or Master's thesis at the IEAN. You can find our currently advertised work on the website. If there is nothing suitable, please contact us by phone or e-mail.

Dennis Albert

Filming in the Conrad Observatory

In the course of filming a documentary on the topic of geomagnetically induced currents in Austria, the IEAN was invited to the Conrad Observatory. Prof. Renner presented our simulation tool in the tunnel and explained the activities of IEAN in this area and the importance of the entire research area.

Philipp Schachinger

Project Neutral Point Current: Measurement system installation in Zurndorf substation, Lower Austria

In January 2020, IEAN installed another measuring device for recording low-frequency neutral point currents in the Austrian transmission grid. In a joint research project with APG and Siemens, the influence of low-frequency neutral point currents on power transformers and the transmission grid is being investigated. These currents are influenced, for example, by changing solar activity and are therefore also called geomagnetically induced currents (GIC). Thanks to APG and Siemens for their support!

Dennis Albert

Earth measurement

In the pre-Christmas season 2019, the Institute of Electrical Power Systems measured the behavior of the earthing system at a 380 kV substation, located directly next to an electrified railway. The reason for this is the extension of the railway and the construction of a pedestrian crossing. The measurement results serve as a basis for the calculations, on which results the earthing systems of the future installations will be dimensioned in such a way that, after integration into the existing earthing system, the protection of persons and property can be guaranteed both in normal operation and in the event of a fault.

Martin Fürnschuß


On 16 and 17 of October the OVE Energy Technology Conference took this year place in Innsbruck. These conferences are an annual fixture for national and international representatives of the energy technology industry. At this event, experts from the economic sector, energy companies and researchers have met at the Innsbruck Trade Fair Centre to present and discuss current topics related to electrical energy storage and storage systems, sector coupling (Power-to-X), flexibility options as well as the reliability of the power supply.

The Institute of Electrical Power Systems was of course present at such an event and was again very well represented this year.

During the evening event, the OVE Energy Technology Award for young scientists and technicians was presented. The prize is awarded to pupils, students and graduates of Austrian educational institutions. This year the master thesis of IEAN graduate DI Manuel Galler was awarded. Mr. DI Galler was invited to present his excellent work during the OVE symposium.

Manuel Galler

Arc safety of transformer stations

The arcing fault in a transformer station is rare, but when it does occur, large amounts of energy are released in a short time. It is therefore important that the safety of people and the stability of the building structure can be guaranteed in this exceptional case. At the end of 2019, the IEAN and IES Institute for Electrical Engineering and Safety Civil Engineering GmbH collected measurement data during arcing type tests, which will improve the future calculation and evaluation of pressure loads in transformer stations.

The video shows the successful verification of the operating safety in slow motion. The arc is ignited in the medium-voltage switchgear on the left side of the station building.

Robert Schürhuber

2nd Technical Colloquium Power Engineering

On 13th / 14th November, the second technical colloquium of energy technology took place at the Institute for Electrical Power Systems at the TU Graz.

Prof. Bernd Oswald from Hannover, Prof. Peter Schegner from Dresden, em. Prof. Lothar Fickert from Graz and Prof. Lutz Hofmann from Hannnover, discussed with Prof. Robert Schürhuber and Prof. Herwig Renner from the IEAN current developments in the field of energy technology and exchanged views on research results. Furthermore, the Grazer culture and gastronomy could impress the guests.

Robert Schürhuber


At the beginning of the week, on 30.09.2019, IEAN visited the Siemens transformer plant in Linz. In addition to a project meeting, the students and employees of the IEAN had the opportunity to visit the plant in Linz. At the Linz location, each transformer is developed and produced individually for the special applications of the customers. From core layering to acceptance testing, all process steps are carried out at the site in Linz.

We thank Mr. Markus Getzinger and his team from Siemens, who made the visit possible and gave us a detailed insight into the development and production of power transformers.

Dennis Albert


The IEAN met on the 23.09.2019 in the Wachau in order to set the course for a successful future of the institute. Under the excellent leadership of Bernhard Ibertsberger, a lively discussion about the challenges and goals of the institute developed in the morning, which was dealt with in detail after lunch in small groups.

Through the open and eye-level discussion, the different interests of the institute members could be cast into a common vision for the development of the institute. The labor-intensive day ended with the one and other wine at a cozy sitting together in a local Heurigen.

The second day was completely devoted to energy engineering with the visits of the nuclear power plant Zwentendorf and the substation Dürnrohr. The Zwentendorf NPP is worldwide unique, because it has never been in service. Therefore, areas of the reactor can be inspected which are normally not accessible due to radiation exposure even after shutdown. Thus, a direct view into the pressure vessel of the boiling water reactor and the committing of the containment is possible.

The second day was completely devoted to energy engineering with the visits of the nuclear power plant Zwentendorf and the substation Dürnrohr. The Zwentendorf NPP is worldwide unique, because it has never been in service. Therefore, areas of the reactor can be inspected which are normally not accessible due to radiation exposure even after shutdown. Thus, a direct view into the pressure vessel of the boiling water reactor and the committing of the containment is possible.

Model of a Francis turbine

After extensive restoration work, a model of a Francis turbine can now be seen in front of the rooms of the Institute of Electrical Power Systems.

Many thanks to ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH for providing the turbine model and many thanks to the IHS mechanical workshop (Anton Schriebl and Christoph Probst) for built-up the metal substructure.

Prof. Schürhuber, DI D.Herbst, DI M.Fürnschuß

Holiday Interns for the Kelag Group

For summer 2020, KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft is offering exciting summer internships. Summer trainees are of great importance in the Kelag Group. Therefore, we are looking for the right summer trainees for our group transparently and on the basis of defined target groups - true to the motto "Get the Right"!

From 7 October 2019 to 7 January 2020, students can apply online for a one-month summer internship.

more information

In the period from 20 August to 30 September 2019, the Institute of Electrical Power Systems was represented by four academics at Tongji University in Shanghai. During the first week, Prof. Dr. Schürhuber, the institute's head, held a special lecture on " From Energy Turnaround to Challenges for High Penetration of Renewable Energy ". Further lectures were given by Em. Prof. Dr. L. Fickert and Dr. Ziqian. Furthermore, Mr. Alexander Atzmueller supported the Institute for Rail Transit in the sense of deepening the scientific cooperation by evaluating technical literature regarding the reliability of the power supply in the metro area.

Zigian Zhang

Prof. Dr. Schürhuber and his special lecture poster
Prof. Dr. Schürhuber`s special lecture
The ceremony at the beginning of the semester of Tongji University

Visit of a delegation of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology

On 21.06.2019 we received a delegation of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology at our institute. The high-ranking delegation of representatives of the government and the automotive industry visited the laboratory facilities of our Institute of Electrical Power Systems, the laboratory of the Electrical Drives and Machines Institute as well as the Nikola Tesla Laboratory of the Institute of High Voltage Engineering and System Performance. The trip of our Chinese partners focused on the latest scientific findings in the field of electric drives, alternative fuels and e-mobility. Our institute presented in the course of its projects around electrical safety as well as protection against electric shock at DC charging stations for electric vehicles.

Ziqian Zhang and Daniel Herbst

Group photo of the delegation with Prof. R.Schürhuber, Prof. L.Fickert and Dr. Z.Zhang
Presentation of the test equipment in the laboratory of the Institute of Electrical Power Systems
Group photo of the delegation in the Nikola Tesla Laboratory (large laboratory hall of the high-voltage laboratory)

New cooperation with Shanghai Dianji University

With the signing of the cooperation agreement on 24.06.2019 a new era of cooperation between the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Shanghai Dianji University and the Institute of Electrical Power Systems of Graz University of Technology has started. The two institutions, represented by Vice Rectors H.Bischof and D. Chen, our dean W.Bösch and professors R. Schürhuber and G. Chen, jointly unveiled a plaque in front of our institute expressing the university exchange. In addition to interesting discussions between the delegation participants and the representatives of Graz University of Technology, various laboratory facilities were also visited. We are already looking forward to a long-term partnership with our Chinese colleagues, for example in projects in the institute's own Power Hardware-in-the-Loop laboratory in the field of renewable energies.

Ziqian Zhang and Daniel Herbst

Signing of the cooperation agreement by Prof. R.Schürhuber and Prof. G.Chen with Vice Rector H.Bischof, Dean W.Bösch and Vice Rector D.Chen
Exchange of guest gifts between the two Vice Rectors
Group photo of the representatives of both universities under the black plaque in front of the Institute of Electrical Power Systems
Delegation of Dianji University in our institute’s laboratory with test equipment for DC charging stations

Excursion to the thermal power plant Mellach

On 27.05.2019 we had again the opportunity to carry out an excursion to the thermal power plant Mellach of the Austrian Thermal Power Association as part of the lecture Electrical Energy Systems 2.

During this excursion, we were able to visit the coal-fired power station, the gas and steam power plant, the control room and the switchgear and receive detailed explanations on function and operation. We also got an interesting insight into the current driving style of thermal systems, which are strongly influenced by redispatch.

In sum, this excursion was an ideal complement to the lecture, in which the theory of thermal power plants was discussed in advance.

IEAN at CIRED 2019 in Madrid

The biggest conference and exhibition on electricity distribution was held in Spain from  3rd-6th of June 2019. The institute of electrical power systems was part of the conference with 6 participants, 7 publications – therefrom 4 as oral presentation -  one tutorial presenter and one special reporter and roundtable-convenor.

participants: Robert Schürhuber, Lothar Fickert, Herwig Renner, Katrin Friedl, Daniel Herbst, Mike Lagler



  • 66 – First results concerning localisation of earthfaults in compensated 20-kV-networks based on travelling waves
  • 416 – Modelling the propagation of harmonic voltages in large medium voltage distribution networks
  • 590 – LV Grid Data Analysis demonstrated at DSO Arbon Energie
  • 963 – Power Quality improvement in a rural grid by grid storage system
  • 1307 – Verification of protective measures for safety of DC charging stations for electric vehicles
  • 1671 – Occupational EMF-Exposure: A Simple Guide for Testing Compliance with Requirements of Directive 2013/35/EU
  • 2119 – Simplified Magnetic Field Evaluation for Workers with Conductor Loops

In memoriam Manfred Sakulin

In deep sadness, we announce that Univ.-Lecturer Dr. Manfred Sakulin, retired associate professor, passed away.

Manfred Sakulin began working at the Institute of Electrical Power Systems of Graz University of Technology in 1970 and decisively influenced the profile of the institute, which he led temporary from 1997 to 1999, until his retirement in 2007. Many of the areas of work and activities represented at the institute were initiated and built up by him. More than 100 diploma theses and dissertations supervised by him give evidence of his long-lasting influence on the Austrian power system community. A huge number of today's decision-makers in the electrical energy industry has attended the lectures and exercises of Manfred Sakulin.

He was a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of electrical energy systems and is known in particular as a pioneer of flicker measurement. His work and expertise in this field has been acknowledged all over the world, including countries such as Saudi Arabia and India.

Although he created the basis for various standards by his work in numerous committees and working groups, for him ultimately not the written norm, but common sense was the basis for his decisions.

In addition to his scientific work, he was involved in the Assistant Curia and worked for many years as representative of the non-tenured staff in the faculty of Electrical Engineering. The institute trips organized by him into his beloved Styrian mountains were incomparable.

Dear Manfred, we will not forget you, may you rest in peace!


Herwig Renner


Under the title "Future Challenges for Electrical Power Systems", Prof. Schuerhuber's inaugural lecture was able to strike a balance between previous research work, the challenges in energy technology and the future research contributions of the Institute of Electrical Power Systems.

As a driving force for the changes in the energy sector, Prof. Robert Schuerhuber cites our rising consumption and mainly carbon-based production of energy. Due to the previous handling of raw materials, humans action influences the earth ecosystem more and more negatively. In order to counteract this negative trend, the electrical energy supply plays a key role. Due to the versatile usability, for example, in the area of mobility, air conditioning and heat engineering, resources can be used more effectively. The Institute of Electrical Power Systems do research for example in the field of sector coupling and in the planning and operation of large networks.

After the inaugural lecture, numerous guests from industry, families and universities discussed in a pleasant atmosphere in the foyer of the Energy Center Graz.

The Institute

In October 2017, Prof. Robert Schuerhuber took over the Institute of Electrical Systems from Prof. Lothar Fickert. In order to highlight the current and future research activities in the field of energy networks, the institute bears the name "Institute of Electrical Power Systems". The three core competences of the institute lie in the areas of

  • calculation and planning of energy systems and of the grid connection for generating plants,
  • analysis of quality of supply and supply reliablility,
  • Assessment of earthing systems and questions regarding personal safety.

Dennis Albert


Under the motto Team Building, the winter sports enthusiasts of the IEAN spent a day of skiing in Schladming. With the view of a lot of sunshine and 20 cm of fresh snow on the slope, on March 12th, they started in the best of moods towards Planai and Hochwurzen.

On the last downhill, the employees competed in a downhill race.

Around 4 pm, the all-round successful skiing day ended with the last swing - the “Einkehrschwung” - at the valley station in Schladming. With a good day of skiing in the thighs and uninjured, all employees started their way back home to Graz at 5:30 pm.

See you next year in Schladming - Ski-Heil!  Dennis Albert

Power system field trip of the IEAN to Carinthia

On 28.01.2019, a field trip brought students and staff members of IEAN to Carinthia. There, the participants got insights into the hydro power plant Schütt 2 of KELAG and into the heating plant of Stadtwerke Klagenfurt AG. Between the two power plant tours, the participants visited the substation Landskron of Kärnten Netz GmbH.

The field trip to Carinthia started at 6:30 AM with the departure at the TU Graz. When we arrived at the Schütt 2 power plant, we were welcomed by three KELAG employees. The power plant Schütt 2 is currently under revitalizing work, whereby the aging power plant infrastructure will be replaced by new technology. The heart of the hydroelectric power plant is its turbine and generator unit. During the visit, the already installed turbine and hydro system could be subdued from the inside of the turbine housing, which is not accessible under operation. After a refreshment, the dam was visited, which is located about 3 km upstream.

The next station led to the completely renewed 110-kV-substation Landskron, an important grid node of the Carinthian distribution network. After a brief presentation on the general operation management and safety instructions, the substation was visited. Special focus was laid on the high voltage equipment and the emergency battery system. After the guided tour through the substation, the cable measuring truck used by the KNG was demonstrated and it was possible to have an intensive discussion with the responsible technicians.

The last stop of the field trip was to the district heating plant of Stadtwerke Klagenfurt, the central hub of the Klagenfurt district heating network and the location of the energy control center of Stadtwerke Klagenfurt. Until the turn of the millennium, a coal-fired combined heat and power plant (CHP) was operated at the site. After decommission of the CHP plant, modern gas boilers were put into operation to ensure the supply of the city with district heating. During the dismantling of the old steam power plant, the 70-year-old brick-built boiler and a partially dismantled turbine-generator were obtained.

Strengthened by a final snack and with many interesting insights and impressions we went back to Graz. Many thanks to the companies and their representatives for the interesting tours and discussions and to Stefan Polster for the organization of the field trip.

Exkursion Kraftwerk Mellach

The last stop of the field trip was to the district heating plant of Stadtwerke Klagenfurt, the central hub of the Klagenfurt district heating network and the location of the energy control center of Stadtwerke Klagenfurt. Until the turn of the millennium, a coal-fired combined heat and power plant (CHP) was operated at the site. After decommission of the CHP plant, modern gas boilers were put into operation to ensure the supply of the city with district heating. During the dismantling of the old steam power plant, the 70-year-old brick-built boiler and a partially dismantled turbine-generator were obtained.

Contact Information

Institute of Electrical Power Systems
Inffeldgasse 18/1
8010 Graz


Tel.:  +43 (0) 316 / 873 - 7551