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.

Read more: 2017-01-25 ¦ Visit in Biel-Benken, Switzerland

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

Read more: 2016-11-23 ¦ First visit in Hartberg

Our project website is online. This project has received funding in the framework of the joint programming initiative ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus, with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

The ReFlex project aims to develop 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. A lack of knowledge about drivers and transfer methods from a smart grid pilot or demonstration project to another location has been identified by the Grid+ project, given the differences in technological constellations, national and regional market conditions and social acceptance.

The focus will be on grids with expectedly high level of renewable energy production which shall be effectively and efficiently used locally through a mix of measures in voltage regulation, demand side management and storage.

ReFlex is based on evolving smart grid pilots from four the large demo-regions (Salzburg, Gotland, Hyllie and Stockholm Royal Seaport) and of five smaller demo-regions with less than 15,000 inhabitants (Güssing, Hartberg, Biel-Benken, Rolle and Wüstenrot) from Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden.

Drawing on the learning experience among ReFlex partners, replicability-guidelinies are elaborated to support the demo regions and the wider group of European smart grid stakeholders in deploying and advancing their smart grid initiatives. As a cross-cutting activity within the ERA-Net, ReFlex contributes to the Knowledge Communities.

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