Smart Grids

Nine smart grid solutions from three countries have shown that smart grids work and are accepted by consumers as long as the technical and social aspects are covered.

Three countries - nine projects: Due to sustainable energy production, such as solar and wind power plants, our energy networks are becoming increasingly intelligent. Smart grids must be able to do more than simply provide the necessary amount of electricity. Of course, wind does not blow continuously and solar systems only supply electricity in daylight, and the amount generated can vary considerably depending on the weather conditions. The MATCH project has examined which solutions are already in use in Austria, Norway and Denmark, how they have proven themselves, what role energy prices play in this and what this means for consumers.

The three participating countries and their respective first smart grid trials are very different, and this has been taken into account from the very beginning. But what influence do the respective facilities have on the region in question and how have they been accepted by end consumers? For example, are green energy grids with their electricity mix of conventional and renewable energy production including their price models transparent and attractive for us consumers? Would we even be willing to pay more for them and how much confidence do we have in these new concepts?

Smart energy solutions work

Since the systems examined take into consideration the interplay of social and technical elements, they work,  sums up Michael Ornetzeder of the ITA after the successful completion of the project. The users play a diverse and decisive role in the successful implementation of the project. It is important to include the diversity of the various user roles and the associated perspectives, interests and requirements at an early stage in the project development.

Solutions that work well in one place do not necessarily have a positive effect from the point of view of the entire energy system. It is therefore important to examine the various impacts of locally successful solutions on existing national energy systems before they become more widespread or upscaled. But smart grid solutions are not local phenomena. If we accept them, they can make a valuable contribution to energy system transformation.

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Project MATCH

23.01.2019
By: TB

Smart Grids are power grids that are adapted to our needs and modern energy sources. (Photo by Paolo Bendandi on Unsplash)