Don’t Copy / Co-create smartly
Sustainable solutions for distributed energy systems that encompass both grid-infrastructures AND “social grids"

The first Community of Practice (COP) workshop, organized in the framework of the EU-funded Project Reflex, took place from the 13th to 15th March 2017 in Wüstenrot, a village close to Stuttgart in Germany. This event brought together up to 30 participants: Swedish, German, Austrian and Swiss project partners, stakeholders and experts of the seven running demo sites participating in the ReFlex project.

Group picture of the attendees of the Reflex 1st CoP (Wüstenrot)

The main objectives of this event were to learn from the field-testing experiments carried out by the ReFlex partners, to identify and to discuss crosscutting issues (marketplace, stakeholders and technology) encountered in the demo regions and, furthermore, to agree upon research questions to be followed up.

Day 1 was dedicated to the demo site in Wüstenrot. On day 2 a poster gallery offered the opportunity to talk and get feedback from demo site representatives as well as to have a better overview of the smart grid projects and their highlights.

 Posters presentation (Wüstenrot)


The ReFlex project team visited the Powergrid demonstration site visits in Biel-Benken, Switzerland. The event was hosted by EBM, the local distribution system operator running the trial of GridSense, a fully decentralized residential management system. During the two days visits the ReFlex could learn about the control algorithm developed by the Swiss University of Applied Science and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) in cooperation with Alpiq, a leading Swiss electricity and energy services provider.

The demonstration site visit organized on the 23rd and 24th of November 2016 at the Ökopark in Hartberg, Austria, was the first event gathering research partners, practitioners and experts of the ReFlex project team. 20 participants of mixed backgrounds (sociologists, electrical and mechanical engineers, energy economists), coming mainly from Germany and Austria, could learn from the experiments carried out at the Ökopark in Hartberg. The presentations and guided tours, provided by the Hartberg demonstration project team, offered valuable insights into the different smart grid solutions on site and were followed by vivid discussions and questions from the attendees. 

© Lewald, EIFER