Annual Workshop Speaker: Giovanni De Carne

Investigating energy futures: The Energy Lab 2.0 – KARA collaboration at KIT

Giovanni De Carne, Team Leader “Real Time System Integration”, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


To efficiently and reliably enable the operation of future large-scale facilities, it is indispensable to conduct research in different directions and to consider different approaches. The Energy Lab 2.0 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) consists of various facilities that are combined to form a plant network. The Energy Lab 2.0 is working closely with the KIT accelerator test facility KARA in solving the energy management problem in particle accelerator facilities. In this collaboration, a Digital Twin of the KARA accelerator will be realized by means of a real time communication infrastructure and optimized real time modelling. The availability of a 1MVA Power Hardware In the Loop facility will allow to exploit the fully potential of the KARA Digital Twin, to test new energy solutions, otherwise difficult to prove in the real facility. This presentation will give an overview of the current activities of the Energy Lab 2.0-KARA collaboration and future insights in the Digital Twin development.


Giovanni De Carne received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy ,in 2011 and 2013, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the Chair of Power Electronics, Kiel University, Germany, in 2018. He was post-doctoral fellow at Kiel University working until 2019. He is currently the Head of the “Real Time System Integration” Group and of the “Power Hardware In the Loop Lab” at the Institute for Technical Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. In 2020, he has been awarded with the Helmholtz “Young Investigator Group” for the project “Hybrid Networks: a multi-modal design for the future energy system”, and he is (co-)principal investigator of several national and international projects in the energy area. He has authored/co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers. His research interests includes power electronics transformers, real time modelling, and power hardware in the loop. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine and Open Journal of Power Electronics.

Giovanni De Carne at the KIT

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