The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the largest research and education institutions in Germany with more than 9,000 employees. The KIT bundles the energy research activities in the KIT Energy Center whose activities are clustered in several topics that encompass inter alia Energy Conversion, Renewable Energies, and Energy Systems Analysis. Cooperating institutes are, inter alia, the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) which has strong expertise in modelling ICT systems and developing software tools in the context of energy and the Institute of Industrial Production (IIP) which involves the Chair of Energy Economics whose main research works focus on techno-economic questions in the field of energy system analysis.

In the CIVIS project KIT analyses the potential for distributed energy management in the pilot sites as well as the utilization of ICT systems and standards for devices to enable distributed energy manage-ment at the individual peer and community levels; Recommendations for future enhancements concerning energy and ICT systems and changes in the use of existing systems are developed.