Demo site visit Biel-Benken


Demo site visit Biel-Benken
Wed, 25. January 2017 - Thu, 26. January 2017
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The ReFlex project - Replicability Concept for Flexible Smart Grids -  within ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus, funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program aims at the development of a replicability concept and guidelines for the deployment of technologically feasible, market based and user-friendly solutions for smart grids with a high level of flexibility and at the establishment of a ReFlex Community of Practice (COP) for knowledge exchange between regional Smart Grid demo regions across the participating countries by providing workshops and demo site visits to practitioners, stakeholders and researchers.

The first site visit in Hartberg in November 2016 was a great success (please take a look at the article published on our website: We would like to keep up the momentum and invite you to the second site visit taking place on the 25th of January 2017 in Biel-Benken, Switzerland.

This event will be a good opportunity to meet and exchange with the other project partners, stakeholders and experts of the 8 Smart Grid demo sites participating in the project. This second site visit will provide feedback from field testing experiments carried out in Biel-Benken. Moreover, the consortium will present the project objectives and finally, thematic working groups will be formed to address ReFlex’ research questions.

Furthermore, the ReFlex’ WP leaders and Biel-Benken’ demo site partners are invited to participate in a workshop on the 26th of January, focussing on Biel-Benken’ demo site contribution to the community of practice (COP).

Short presentation of the demo site Biel-Benken

Elektra Birseck Münchenstein (EBM) is running the Powergrid field trial in the grid area in Biel-Benken, Switzerland. The overall goal is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of a fully decentralized residential demand side management system. The Swiss University of Applied Science and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) developed a decision algorithm which use the local voltage levels in order to estimate the power at the transformer. The voltage profile is used in combination with the tariff profile to drive a multi-objective optimization system. The technology is now further developed in an industrialization project, under the name GridSense, in cooperation with Alpiq, a leading Swiss electricity and energy services provider.

Please forward this invitation to anyone you think might be interested.
Please let us know by January 16th at the latest if you will be attending.