8th International Conference on
Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources

Side Events:


Tuesday October 16th:

Laboratory-based Services for Smart Grids: Best Practices from the ERIGrid Project

Power system testing issues have not been much considered in laboratory context up to now. Up till now supporting future development of smart grid solutions and technologies was done on component level, but system level issues need to be considered too. Pure simulation and current laboratory-based approaches need to be combined and enhanced, since they are not always sufficient to tackle complex problems. Therefore there is a need for harmonising the existing flexible simulation and co-simulation tools, advanced validations methods using hardware-in-the-loop testing environments and for improving laboratory testing of component and small-scale power system.

For Details of the Project ERIGrid, please refer to the Website https://erigrid.eu

The proposed workshop intends to bring together the relevant stakeholders, initiatives and projects to discuss the state-of-the-art and future aims. The discussions should also support the knowledge exchange of running projects.

The following research topics will be considered in the workshop:

  • Improvement of existing laboratories with ICT systems
  • Developed advanced testing scenarios and corresponding methods form a systems integration point of view
  • Improvement of hardware-in-the-loop approach fostering system integration tests, combining co-simulation and real setups for advanced system integration tests

Registration: Registration: via this link https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/PZC9CLX

If you are interested in any particular topic and/or would like to make a presentation about it, please send an email to Thomas.Strasser@ait.ac.at.

Further Details: see https://erigrid.eu/erigrid-side-event-at-ired-on-16-october-2018/

Final Programme: see https://erigrid.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/ERIGrid_Side_Event_IRED_2018_Final-Agenda.pdf

Presentations: https://erigrid.eu/outcomes-of-the-ired-side-event-laboratory-based-methods-for-smart-grids/

Location: AIT-Austrian Insititute of Technology, Giefinggasse 2, 1210 Wien, 3rd floor

NEDO Smart Community Showcase 2018: Let’s talk about technology demonstration




NEDO has carried out 17 international smart community demonstration projects. More than half of these are done in Europe with European Partners.
NEDO wants to enhance our demonstration project with your knowledge and suggestions.

Stakeholders both of Japan and partner country related to NEDO demonstration projects mainly in Europe will introduce the project plans and results for discussion.

The Joint Research Centre of EC makes Special Lectur in this event.

Date and Time : October 16th 13:30-19:00 (including Networking Reception)

Admission : Admission is free of charge and advance registration must be required

Capacity : 70 people

Registration : Please send an e-mail to us before October 15th. nedo_smart_showcase2018@nedo.go.jp

Please provide your name, affiliation, e-mail address and subject of interest on it
The following topics will be discussed in the symposium.

1) Transmission / Distribution reliability improvement: Poland Project, Slovenia Project

Speakers from: PSE
Hitachi, Ltd.
ELES, d.o.o.

2) Battery application: Niedersachsen Project, California Project

Speakers from: be.storaged GmbH
Hitachi Chemical Europe GmbH
San Diego Gas&Electric
Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.

3) Demand side equipment controll : Lisbon Project Speyer Project

Speakers from: LNEG (National Laboratory of Energy and Geology)
Daikin Industries, Ltd.
Stadtwerke Speyer GmbH
Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.

Questions are also welcome to nedo_smart_showcase2018@nedo.go.jp

Location: Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Room Franz-Josef,  Hietzinger Hauptstraße 10-14, 1130 Vienna


Wednesday October 17th:

Grid control for inverter dominated power Systems

The power quality and reliability of today’s power systems is mostly based on synchronous generators. In order to operate the future power systems securely and stably with very high shares of inverters, appropriate control algorithms and operation procedures have to be developed. Inverter systems can partially reproduce physical properties similar to those of synchronous generators. Selected new characteristics have to be implemented in grid codes and suitable testing procedures have to be developed.
 Following research questions are relevant in this area: 

  • Under which conditions and control methods can inverters be operated stably?
  • How many voltage controlled inverters are required at the different voltage levels? What are the requirements concerning spatial distribution and control capabilities?
  • What shares of rotating generators, current controlled and voltage controlled inverters can guarantee power  system stability?
  • To which extent can “must-run-units” be reduced and replaced by inverter based generation with enhanced functionalities?
  • What is the target scenario for frequency and voltage regulation in the future interconnected power systems with very high shares of inverter coupled generation?

The proposed workshop intends to bring together the relevant stakeholders, initiatives and projects dealing with the topic for discussing the state-of-the-art and future aims. The discussions should also support the knowledge exchange of running projects. This event will be the kick-off for the international research cluster “Grid control for inverter dominated power systems”.

Registration: via conference registration see tab Registration

Location: Conference Venue: Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Hietzinger Hauptstraße 10-14, 1130 Vienna

Friday October 19th, 16:00-18:00 

Visit of the Smart City Demo Site Aspern


Meeting: Before the Building of the Seestadt Technology Center, Seestadtstrasse 27, 1220 Vienna;

Dirctions: Starting from the conference venue at Partkhotel Schönbrunn, take the underground line U4 in the direction Heiligenstadt and change at the station Schottenring for the line U2 in the direction Seestadt and go till the final stop. It will take one hour to go there.

During the visit you will be ale to see the Demo Center, have a a walk through the Seestadt Aspern and visit an intelligent secondary substation within the testbed.

The testbed Aspern Smart City Research focuses on energy management, smart buildings, smart grids, smart ICT and smart users. To optimise the utilisation of energy, technologies and consumption, an integrative system approach is used.

ASCR was identified as the world’s best Smart Project 2016. It prevailed against more than 250 projects from 45 countries at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s largest event on the subject of smart cities.

Registration: anna.kaltenbaeck@siemens.com

Only a limited number of participants can join this Side Event - first come first served basis.



ASCR Democenter:

In an interactive showroom visitors are given the opportunity to get to know the complex research programme and all its facets. A tour through the Demo Center demonstrates all about how the production, storage, distribution and consumption of energy can be efficiently designed in an urban context. Presentations are tailored to the interests and prior knowledge of the visitors. 
Walk through the Smart City Vienna Living Lab District - Seestadt Aspern:

You will be able to see the Seestadt Aspern in real life operation – including the visit of one intelligent secondary substation.

In total 12 secondary substations, 24 transformers of different types (including one variable), numerous sensors in the substations and supply lines with different measurement accuracy (including power quality measurements) as well as smart meters make up the basic infrastructure of the ASCR Smart Grid testbed. Furthermore, there are five grid storage systems in the substations with important functions both for the grid and the energy market. ASCR is investigating how to turn passive distribution network operations into actively managed smart grid operations.

In addition three buildings – a residential building, a student home and a school campus (currently a nursery school and primary school) – constitute the smart building research objects of ASCR. Equipped with photovoltaic panels, solar thermal panels, hybrid panels, heat pumps and various thermal as well as electrical storage facilities, smart materials, building technology and IT, the buildings of tomorrow act as flexible prosumers. Complex ICT systems facilitate the optimum, automated management of energy distribution, consumption, storage and transmission. Furthermore, smart buildings can also participate in the electricity market.