National Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria

The European Technology Platform (ETP) ‘Smart Grids’ brought all relevant stakeholders together to create a common vision and to define a joint Strategic Research Agenda for Smart Grids. At present the Smart Grids Strategic Deployment Document (SDD) is being finalised, including the timeline and related actions to reach the common goals, including preparatory steps for market implementation.


FFG, Austrian Climate and Energy Fund, Programme “Energy of Tomorrow”  



  • Siemens AG Austria (co-ordination)
  • arsenal research
  • Energie AG OÖ Netz GmbH
  • Energie Steiermark – Stromnetz Steiermark GmbH
  • Fronius International GmbH
  • HG-Engineering
  • Infineon Technologies Austria
  • Linz Strom Netz GmbH
  • Salzburg Netz GmbH
  • TU GRAZ – Institut für Elektrische Anlagen
  • TU WIEN – Energy Economics Group
  • TU WIEN – Institut für Computertechnik
  • Verband der Elektrizitätsunternehmen Österreichs
  • Vorarlberger Kraftwerke Netz AG
  • Wien Energie Stromnetz GmbH

An important recommendation of the SDD is to create, encourage and strengthen facilitation groups in member states, to serve as competent discussion and implementation partners. The project aims to set up a “National Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria”.

The main goal is to establish a common network for all relevant national players in the area of Smart Grids, such as industry, network operators, energy suppliers, and research and development institutions. The set up of the National Technology Platform starts with a definition phase to achieve a consensus of all partners on the thematic content and strategy of the platform as well as to create a common management structure. The following implementation phase will install the developed structures and define thematic focus areas for market aspects and framework conditions. It will also coordinate R&D and demonstration activities of Austrian players in the targeted area.

The two main results of the National Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria, aligned with the respective ETP, are:

  • a National Smart Grids Strategic Agenda for R&D combining a national research agenda, a national market strategy for Smart Grids, and a legal and regulatory framework concept outlining the implementation aspects, and
  • a National Smart Grids Deployment Document outlining activities of the players to successfully implement the concept of Smart Grids.

IFZ’s role in the project is to bring in socio-economic issues to the development of the joint research agenda.

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