2018-06-04 ¦ COP Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland

The third Community of Practice workshop, organized in the framework of the EU-funded Project ReFlex, took place from the 4th to 6th of June 2018 in Lausanne, Switzerland. This event brought together up to 25 participants: Swedish, German, Austrian and Swiss project partners, stakeholders and experts of the eight demo sites participating in the ReFlex project. 

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

The first afternoon session, which took place at the EPFL campus in Lausanne, was dedicated to the demo site Rolle. After two short presentations and speeches from Arnoud Bifrare and Michèle Cassani, both from Romande Energie, Mario Paolone from EPFL Lausanne gave further insights into the REel demo project that seeks to deploy smart grid solutions at different grid levels. 

The first event day was completed by a guided tour through the Smart Lab located at EPFL campus and ended with a joint dinner close to the Lake Geneva sponsored by Romande Energie.

Klaus Kubeczko from AIT started the second event day, on Tuesday 5th June 2018, with a short welcome and ReFlex project presentation. During the morning session, a poster gallery offered the opportunity for the participants for intensive and detailed information exchange on the demo sites and their ongoing activities and for poster-presenters to get feedback from participants and other demo site representatives.

Thus, all participants had a shared overview of the smart grid projects and their highlights. Afterwards, a feedback session was organized and poster representatives presented the topics that arose during the poster gallery and agreed on research questions that should be further discussed in small groups. The demo site representatives decided to reflect on the following four issues:

  1. Do DSOs face an identity crisis?
  2. Who are the stakeholders driving the energy transition?
  3. What are the challenges related to the upscaling as well as the downscaling of smart grid technologies?


During the afternoon session of the second event day, discussions were continued in two consecutives parallel sessions, focusing on four predefined key research questions. Demo sites experts had prepared for this purpose short leading questions to launch the discussion:

  1. Davide Rivola/SUPSI - Self-consumption and blockchain - outlook on the changing roles of institutions and stakeholders
  2. Emanuele Facchinetti/Canton of Vaud - Turning energy targets into reality - the challenge of defining the Cantonal Energy Strategy
  3. Merla Kubli/ZHAW School of Engineering & Benjamin Rohrbach/Lucerne University of Applied Sciences - New business models facing trade-offs between self-consumption and flexibility
  4. Claudia Binder/EPFL & Markus Ulrich/UCS Ulrich Creative Simulations - New formats for stakeholder engagement


Afterwards, the moderators reported in the plenary session the results of the group discussions and the key issues considered by the participants. The workshop ended with the visit of the Olympic museum and a joint dinner sponsored by Romande Energie.

The ReFlex project core team members were invited to take part in a debriefing workshop on Wednesday 6th of June 2018, to discuss the agenda of the final conference, and present and discuss the latest results of the WPs.