Smart Grids Austria

Mission Statement

The Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria is an association of relevant stakeholders in the field of electrical power supply. The Platform was founded in 2008 with the support of the Climate and Energy Fund, the Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology and the Ministry of Economy and since then the FEEI - association of electrical and electronic industries and Oesterreichs Energie support as host organizations.

The aim of the Platform is to pool joint forces for future intelligent electricity grids in order to support an energy- and cost- efficient system operation.

Synergies through coordination of stakeholders from industry, energy sector, research and public bodies should be used efficiently.

Austrian expertise in smart grids should be strengthened by flagship projects and made visible internationally.

Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria: The Goals

Information on current and strategic smart grids projects

The Technology Platform provides a running range of information or working on current and strategic smart grids questions.

Shaping the Framework

The Technology Platform creates with its membership structure a framework for co-ordination of Austrian Stakeholders and thus enables a uniform Austrian perspective on the subject of smart grids. The Platform can help shape decisively with its experts the general conditions for the conversion of the energy system.

International Network

The Technology Platform is in exchange with international Platforms and initiatives, thus enabling the active contribution of Austrian interests in international cooperation and mutual exchange of information.

Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria: The Tasks

The cross-sectoral Coordination Forum

Network and Coordination:

  • bundling of forces and benefits of synergies through continuous networking and coordination of the sectors
  • integration of not yet addressed stakeholders and international experiences
  • setting a common focus, coordinate objectives to ensure a structured approach and implementation
  • find new project partners in network more easily

Information and Solution:

  • access to broad cross sectoral expertise
  • prepare and communicate Information and coordinated positions for decision makers
  • demonstrate national and international experience solutions in network, that barriers can be overcome

Innovation- und Initiative:

  • contribute to new themes, technologies, system approaches etc. into the discussion
  • active participation and improve conditions by pulses to research and Technology policy, education and the legal framework

Design and Positioning:

  • promote demonstration projects effectively, by combining the findings and experience of all partners.
  • position Austria as a leading market through flagship Projects

Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria: Managing Director

Since September 1, 2013 Mrs Angela Berger is the managing director of the association Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria.

Angela Berger

Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria: Assistant

Do you have further questions about Smart Grids? Do not hesitate to contact

Valerie REIF
Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria

T: +43 1 588 39-71

Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria: Press Contact

Margit ÖZELT
Public Relations
Technology Plattform Smart Grids Austria

T: +43 1 588 39-86
M: +43 664 619 25 88


The Technology Roadmap Smart Grids Austria

In the years 2014/15 the Technology Roadmap Smart Grids Austria was developed by the Austrian Smart Grids experts with a time horizon till 2020. This is a complete overview of the actual state of development and further concrete steps for implementation and provides the benefits for industry, energy and for the society, as well as aspects in the training and awareness in the population.

The milestones for the implementation concerning the further development of technology, regulatory and legislative measures, large-scale system validation and implementation phase.

In the Technology Roadmap three key steps in implementation of smart grids were identified for the coming years.

The first step is an ICT total architecture, starting from the actual state of the ICT architecture to develop. The path to a unified, scalable and efficient solution makes a clarification and optimization of process issues through a large-scale system validation necessary.

The second step is that large-scale validation projects are necessary. Whole distribution network areas with the appropriate technology should be equipped throughout for the validation and field testing of systems approaches in large-scale implementation projects.

The third step of the development of a lead market as an internationally visible reference for Austria is important to allow the positioning of Austrian companies as a technology leader.

For the implementation of the key steps of the Technology Roadmap an action for the relevant actors has been identified. These actors are the representatives of the energy industry such as network operators and electricity suppliers, technology providers and public authorities.

The Austrian industry, energy and research departments have expectations that by implementing the national Technology Roadmap into international technology leadership will strengthen the business location Austria.

Angela Berger
Managing Director
Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria

Technology Roadmap Management Summary
Technology Roadmap Document

Smart Grids Model Regions in Austria
Central steps for implementation of Smart Grids in Austria



Starting Position

Motivated by the need to efficiently integrate volatile energy sources, innovative smart grid technologies have been recently developed. This has led to a significant increase in the use of ICT technologies within the electrical power supply system. This situation introduces two major challenges: the need for seamless interoperability, in order to ensure components function correctly as part of an overall complex system; and the importance of safety, security and privacy measures to protect the system from cyber-attacks and enhance end-user acceptance. Both of these issues need to be addressed early during the design phase of the smart grid, in order to ensure the sustainability and security of future energy supply.

Previous projects and pilot deployments in Europe and Austria have gone some of the way to address these challenges, but only provide partial solutions. In order to tackle the challenges of interoperability and security essential for the next five to ten years a national smart grid reference architecture for Austria is imperative. A holistic solution that offers security-by-design reduces the attack surface and thus the risk from cyber-attacks targeted, for example, at critical control elements. In this way, the availability of power supply can be ensured, which strengthens the competitive position of Austria as a business location and its leading role in the European smart grid market.

Goal of the RASSA-Initiative

The RASSA Initiative's goals can be listed as:

  1. Definition of a homogeneous reference architecture for Smart Grids in Austria, throughout considering aspects like security, safety, resilience, privacy
  2. Reaching a consensus among all relevant stakeholders on contents and utilization of a reference architecture
  3. Degrees of freedom allow competitive realizations of RASSA
  4. Providing concrete guidance for migration of today’s system to a future smart grid infrastructure in terms of the reference architecture

A reference architecture offers vendor-neutral, technical specifications to the minimum requirements and interfaces modular "building blocks" for specific system solutions. The reference architecture is based on selected use cases, actors and their relationships and the time specified processes, data exchanges, safety and standard requirements and components.

Modeling of Smart Grid Systems

The development of smart grid system architectures represents a complex challenge, involving the different stakeholders from different domains. To enable stakeholder involvement and interdisciplinary development a common language or a common reference system is required.

In the Framework of the M / 490 mandate with the Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM) was presented, which is now widely accepted as a reference system. In order to enable practical application of this reference system, the FH Salzburg (Security and Control Josef Ressel Center for User-Centric Smart Grid Privacy) has developed the SGAM-Toolbox. This toolbox provides a domain- specific modeling language that enables modeling of smart grid systems in the context of the SGAM.

Starting points for the reference architecture:

There are already several reference architectures that have been created taking into account extensive use case collections. A context of existing international and national work on which is based the development of the Austrian reference architecture.

Benefits of RASSA Reference Architecture

  • RASSA prepares the next steps in the transformation of power grids in advance. The current system architecture will no longer correspond the future smart grid architecture. The reference architecture addresses the functional sequence of future use cases in a prioritized timeline.
  • The reference architecture ensures a common consideration of the energy and ICT system. A coordinated overall solution has a lower contact surface, so that targeted attacks can be prevented. Therefore the risk of power failures due to cyber-attacks is reduced.
  • A reference architecture provides modular "building blocks" for specific system solutions. Simultaneously, the reference architecture leaves enough freedom for individual design. Thus secure, interoperable Smart Grid applications can be implemented in a simple and consistent manner.


IES – Integrating the Energy System Austria

Interoperability is essential for the success of the energy transition. The project IES Austria will design a modular process chain to achieve interoperability of standards, a specification of a normalized use of these standards in interoperability profiles and a demonstration of the processes for testing interoperability. The main issue of this project is the cross-sector knowledge exchange in the transfer of one established methodology from the healthcare domain into the electricity distribution.


Interoperability is essential for the success of the energy transition and contributes to the investment protection for the users as well as the manufacturers. A normalized use of technical standards for interfaces and communication protocols is a central requirement for cost-effective system integration. Seamless interoperability in the Smart Grid is important, because the change takes place gradually and new components must be integrated into an existing system.

An example of a communication standard in energy technology is the IEC 61850, due to its flexibility only a normalized application of it can lead to interoperability. The purpose of the project is the design of a modular process chain to achieve interoperability, starting with the selection of use cases and the necessary standards for the realization, specification of a normalized use of these standards (profiling at different levels), their implementation and programming, and with a demonstration of the test for interoperability with other profiles and their transactions.

As a basis in the project serve the standards of the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Smart Grid Coordination Group (SGCG / M490) and the approach for interoperability of the IHE (Integrating Healthcare Enterprises,, proven already for many years. In Healthcare, IHE established a process for cooperatively developing “interoperability profiles” to address well defined use cases. These profiles assemble specific “base standards” which together provide complete technical specifications that cover all interoperability issues (e.g. data formats, transport protocols, vocabularies, security methods).

The “European Interoperability Framework (EIF) for European public services” recommends to “formalize cooperation arrangements in interoperability agreements”, addressing legal, organizational, semantic and technical interoperability. Within this project, one of the main issues to be addressed is the overall (successful) transfer of one established methodology from the healthcare domain into a new domain, the electricity distribution.

The project leads to a cross-sector knowledge exchange of the proven practices from the health system, which was successfully established in Europe. With the EIF and IHE process, there is a proper way to assess and test for interoperability of technical solutions. As interoperability has also been identified in the SGAM scope, transferring the highly applicable knowledge of the project partners e.g. with their test machine to the smart grid domain is the main innovation. The planned development of demonstrators will address the methods to be validated at different interoperability levels and times, e.g. syntax and semantics, but also engineering, run time and archival purposes. A broad applicability and acceptance of test systems ensures that in future smart grid systems the necessary interoperability is ensured.

A result of the project is a detailed documented process for the normalized usage of standards. The description of the processes and the practical implementation is to be vendor-neutral, in order to ensure long-term interoperability and acceptance in energy domain. The transparency of the method, the open database for technical specifications and profiles and the focus to the needs of the customers should be accessible for technology providers for interoperable products and services. In this way interoperability will create increasing competition with decreasing prices for better products.


Project Manager  Angela Berger 
Institute / Company  Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria  
Contact  Angela Berger
  Mariahilferstraße 37-39
  1060 Vienna
  Tel: + 43 1 58839 - 58

Partners of the consortium

Tiani Spirit GmbH, AT

FH Technikum Wien, AT

Sprecher Automation, AT

AICO EDV-Beratung GmbH, AT


Project Homepages (Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria) (OFFIS, Germany)

The project is powered by the Climate & Energy Fund within the framework of the programme Energy Research 2015.