The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 72 institutes and research units at locations throughout Germany, employing a staff of more than 26,600, who work with an annual research budget of 2.6 billion euros. Mostly located in Germany, Fraunhofer institutes are also present in many European countries as well as in other continents, with offices and research facilities in America and Asia.
For more than 35 years, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT has been conducting R&D on user-friendly smart solutions that blend seamlessly in business processes.
The Fraunhofer FIT center for Digital Energy in Aachen focuses on energy systems, digitalization, IT security, business and market aspects related to energy.
The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria's largest research and technology organisation. Among the European research institutes, AIT is a specialist in the key infrastructure issues of the future, including energy topics. The institute takes a leading position in the Austrian innovation system and a corresponding key role in Europe with an excellent national and international network.
In the field of power and energy systems and distributed energy resource integration, AIT’s Center for Energy’s main expertise is in low and medium voltage technology, power quality, safety and reliability analysis as well as power system digitalisation. Also, hybrid grids and integrated energy systems are in the focus of the research and innovation work.
AIT provides an excellent laboratory infrastructure for evaluating and testing developments in the domain of power and energy systems.
B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH with offices in Berlin and München supports enterprises, municipalities, regions and governmental institutions throughout Germany and abroad with consultancy and training on sustainable development. As a knowledge management company, B.A.U.M. understands its role as a link between research, development, production and marketing of sustainable products and services. B.A.U.M. manages research and development programs and organises conferences and experience exchange events on behalf of governmental and entrepreneurial organizations.
B.A.U.M. has participated in various projects with focus on Smart Energy, ICT and consumer involvement mainly in the role of research coordination, evaluation, transfer and dissemination partner.
The OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology is a research institute in Oldenburg, Northern Germany. OFFIS is structured in four application-oriented research and development areas (energy, society, health and production), which are complemented by expertise from various technology fields or so-called competence clusters.
In the field of energy, OFFIS actively participates in national and international standardisation processes, such as the IEC or the VDE / DKE. Within the scope of IntNET, OFFIS contributes with its R&D group ""Standardised Systems Engineering and Assessment” and its competencies in:
EPRI Europe DAC was founded in 2019 to promote science and research as a non-profit organisation and to conduct objective and independent energy and environmental research, development and demonstration projects, for the benefit of the public, to enhance the quality of life by making electric power safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible and to participate in the European Union's Horizon 2020 / Horizon Europe collaborative programme as well as other research projects with European governments, bodies and stakeholders. EPRI Europe DAC focuses on electricity generation, delivery, and use, provides technology, policy and economic analyses to drive long-range research and development planning, and supports research in emerging technologies. EPRI Europe DAC was established by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) as its European research arm, and benefits from the wealth of experience, project knowledge and international network of EPRI.
The DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE as a joint organization of VDE and DIN (DKE) is the national platform for about 9000 experts from industry, science and public administration to elaborate standards and safety specifications for electrical engineering, electronics and information technology. Standards support global trade and, among other things, the safety, interoperability and functionality of products and systems. As a competence centre for electrotechnical standardization, the DKE represents the interests of German industry in European (CENELEC, ETSI) and international standardization organizations (IEC). In addition, the DKE provides comprehensive services in the field of standardization and VDE specifications.
TECNALIA Research & Innovation is a private, independent, non-profit applied research centre of international excellence with more than 20 years’ experience. Legally a Foundation, TECNALIA is the largest centre of applied research and technological development in Spain, a benchmark in Europe and a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance, employing more than 1,400 people (225 PhDs) and with income of 115 million EUR in 2021.
We collaborate with companies and institutions to improve their competitiveness, people's quality of life and achieve sustainable growth. We do it thanks to people who are passionate about technology and committed to building a better society.
Its main scopes of action are: Smart Manufacturing, Digital Transformation, Energy Transition, Sustainable Mobility, Personalized Health and Urban Ecosystem.
TECNALIA has more than 10 years of experience in the execution and management of international technical assistance projects financed by International Financial Institutions, as well as by other agents of international cooperation for multilateral development and bilateral collaboration.
ENTSO-E, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity, is the association for the cooperation of the European transmission system operators (TSOs). The 39 member TSOs, representing 35 countries, are responsible for the secure and coordinated operation of Europe’s electricity system, the largest interconnected electrical grid in the world. In addition to its core, historical role in technical cooperation, ENTSO-E is also the common voice of TSOs.
ENTSO-E brings together the unique expertise of TSOs for the benefit of European citizens by keeping the lights on, enabling the energy transition, and promoting the completion and optimal functioning of the internal electricity market, including via the fulfilment of the mandates given to ENTSO-E based on EU legislation.
European Distribution System Operators (E.DSO) promotes and enables customers empowerment and the increase in the use of clean energy sources through electrification, the development of smart and digital grid technologies in real-life situations, new market designs and regulation.
E.DSO gathers 39 leading electricity distribution system operators (DSOs) in 24 countries, including 3 national associations, cooperating to ensure the reliability of Europe’s electricity supply for consumers and enabling their active participation in our energy system. How? By shaping smarter grids for your future.
The association and its members are committed to taking on the huge challenges associated with realising the Energy Union, built on the EU’s ambitious energy, climate, security of supply, jobs, and growth objectives. This involves ensuring the reliability and security of Europe’s electricity supply to consumers while enabling them to take a more active part in our energy system. E.DSO focuses on guiding EU research, demonstration, and innovation (RD & I), policy and Member State regulation to support smart grids development for a sustainable energy system.
The European University Institute (EUI) at a glance:
The Florence School of Regulation (FSR) is a center of excellence for independent discussion and knowledge exchange with the purpose of improving the quality of European regulation and policy. We deliver academic research, training and policy events in the areas of Energy & Climate, Communications & Media, Transport and Water.
At the Automation of complex power system institute at RWTH university, we implement a multidisciplinary research approach to capture the most recent advances in ICT to support the solution of the most advanced problems in the area of grid dynamics and automation. The research projects of our institute span from fundamental research to applied research. We consider interdisciplinary research areas to consider interdependencies between electrical and thermal networks and ICT infrastructure. With competence in high-performance computing and real-time systems, we design adequate simulation capabilities supporting the analysis of challenges within power networks of the future.
Trialog is an expertise and consulting company which provides expertise in innovation for system specification, system validation, interoperability, internet of things, cyber-security and privacy by design, in embedded and industrial systems. Our work mainly focus on three domains: Energy (Smart metering, Smart Grids), Transports (e-Mobility, Intelligent Transportation System), and Social & Health (Active Ageing Living). In all these domains, Trialog mainly provides expertise on telecom, standards, interoperability, resilience, privacy, security, system design, validation and operation. Trialog is also active at international level on the standardisation of Smart Energy systems, Internet of Things, Trustworthiness and Digital Twin. Trialog is also chairing the Data Management WG of the BRIDGE initiative, gathering all the Horizon 2020 EU-funded smart grid projects.
The Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation, and Technology (BMK) sets the course for sustainable and environmentally friendly politics and economic developments, and implements new strategies for the future of mobility. It regulates and manages all national issues of transport and ensures the country's stable energy supply.
Furthermore, the ministry promotes research for innovative technologies "Made in Austria", ensures sustainable and proper waste management, and works for the preservation of national parks and the protection of Austria's biodiversity.