Energy and Critical Infrastructures
Sustainability is playing an increasingly important part in modern strategic corporate governance. Where economic objectives and ecological goals coincide, investments can be made which reduce resource and energy needs of companies and residential customers, and adjust power consumption to fluctuating electricity supply.
FIM’s research team ‘Energy and Critical Infrastructures’ particularly addresses:
- innovative grid and market designs
- e-mobility and mobility services
- demand response in production systems and processes
- Big data analytics of residential HVAC demand.
We develop strategies for sustainable use of energy resources (e.g. in the fields of demand response and smart mobility) and identify risks in critical infrastructures (e.g. electricity and value networks).
We particularly focus on flexibility in electricity consumption, i.e., the dynamic adaptation of demand to supply – also known as demand side management (refer e.g. to our ‘SynErgie’ project where we contribute important guides for the German energy transition). For this transition to be successful, IT has to provide solutions for plethora of applications ranging from individual power consumers to intelligent electricity grids and markets.
Our research team looks especially at these intelligent networks and – given our economic background – at their connection and effect on electricity markets.
Our interdisciplinary team also develops IT-based business models, especially for smart grids, smart factories, smart homes, smart mobility solutions, and smart markets. These models include important insights from user behavior and acceptance analysis, and incorporate results from profitability and sustainability evaluation.
Last but not least, we specialize in big data analytics of residential HVAC demand.
Our research thus goes beyond reducing the environmental footprint of IT itself (“Green IT”). Rather, we examine how smart use of IT can empower companies and residential customers to use (energy) resources more efficiently and sustainably (“Green IS”). This area of research is most often referred to as “energy informatics”.
At FIM, we use integrated risk and return management methods, valuation models from the financial and banking sector, as well as economic and mathematical optimization and simulation methods.
Based on the results of the research projects, the Research center FIM regularly publishes in international journals and conferences. Selected publications are:
The "Insurance Effect" : How to increase the Investment Amount in Green Buildings ; A Model-Based Approach to reduce the Energy Efficiency Gapin: Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 2018
Buhl, Hans UlrichGaugler, TobiasMette, Philipp
Flexible IT-platform to Synchronize Energy Demands with Volatile Marketspresented at: 50th CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, Taichung City, Taiwan, 2017
Bauer, DennisAbele, EberhardAhrens, RaphaelBauernhansl, ThomasFridgen, GilbertJarke, MatthiasKeller, FabianKeller, RobertPullmann, JaroslavReiners, RenéReinhart, GuntherSchel, DanielSchöpf, MichaelSchraml, PhilippSimon, Peter
Shifting Load through Space : the Economics of Spatial Demand Side Management Using Distributed Data Centersin: Energy Policy, 2017
Fridgen, GilbertKeller, RobertThimmel, MarkusWederhake, Lars
Estimating the beneﬁts of cooperation in a residential microgrid : a data-driven approachin: Applied Energy, 2016
Fridgen, GilbertRieger, AlexanderThummert, RobertKahlen, MichaKetter, Wolfgang
Providing Utility to Utilities : the Value of Information Systems Enabled Flexibility in Electricity Consumptionin: Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 2016
Fridgen, GilbertHäfner, LukasKönig, ChristianSachs, Thomas
Energy Cooperatives as an Application of Microgrids : Multi-Criteria Investment Decision Supportpresented at: 36th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Fort Worth, USA, 2015
Fridgen, GilbertGründler, AnnaRusic, Milos
The Value of Information Exchange in Electric Vehicle Chargingpresented at: 35th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Auckland, New Zealand, 2014
Fridgen, GilbertMette, PhilippThimmel, Markus
- Environmental Commissioner of the University of Bayreuth (appointed by president Prof. Leible)
- member of the Programme Commission of the E.ON Stipendienfonds (Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft)
- series of lectures „Blockchain Technologie und Smart Contracts“ organized together with „Forschungsstelle für Verbraucherrecht“ (FfV), Bayreuth: 2017
- Programme Chair of Energy Informatics & Management as part of the Erasmus Energy Forum, Rotterdam: 2015, 2016
- co-organizer of the 11th workshop of junior professorships and post-docs in the field of Business and Information Systems Engineering, Augsburg, 2011
- editor of the Special Issue on “Green Information Systems & Technologies: This Generation and Beyond” for the journal Information Systems Frontiers, 2013
- Track Chair “Green Information Systems” at 21st European Conference on Information Systems, Utrecht, 2013
- Minitrack Chair “Information Systems for Sustainable Business Practices and their Organizational Adoption” at 18th Americas Conference on Information Systems, Seattle, 2012
- program committee/Associate Editor:
– International Conference on Information Systems: 2013-2016
– European Conference on Information Systems: 2012, 2014-2016
– Internationale Tagung Wirtschaftsinformatik: 2015, 2017
– Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik: 2012-2018
– Americas Conference on Information Systems: 2011
– International Conference on Electronic Commerce: 2011, 2012
– Energy Informatics & Management: 2017
– Smart Europe: 2016
– IS Journal Marketplace: Seit 2015
– Journals: i.a. ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Business & Information Systems Engineering, Electronic Markets, Energy Policy, IEEE Systems Journal, Information Systems Frontiers, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology
– Conferences: u.a. International/European/American Conferences on Information Systems, Wirtschaftsinformatik, Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST), Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik
– Institutions: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany), Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria)
- Energiewirtschaft in Zeiten der Digitalisierung (Universität Bayreuth)
- Energie und kritische Infrastrukturen (Bachelorseminar, Universität Augsburg)
- Energie und kritische Infrastrukturen (Masterseminar, Universität Augsburg)
- Energy Business in Times of Digitalization
- Nachhaltiges Management (Universität Augsburg)
- Resource Efficiency and Strategy (Ringvorlesung, Universität Augsburg)
- Prof. Dr. Björn Häckel, Professor of Business Engineering with focus on Finance, Operations & Information Management, University of Augsburg
- Prof. Dr. Gilbert Fridgen, adjunct Professor of the Research Center
- Prof. Dr. Henner Gimpel, Professor of Management Engineering, University of Augsburg
- Dr. Martin Weibelzahl, Post-doc researcher at the Chair of Information Systems and Sustainable IT Management, University of Bayreuth
- Dr. Robert Keller, Post-doc researcher at the Chair of Information Systems and Sustainable IT Management, University of Bayreuth