About IES


This document, being a living collection of concise information bites, shall step-by-step outline the idea, background, objectives, achievements and potential impact of the IES project. It shall establish and foster a joint view on the project's grounds, and support project marketing in presenting the project's intentions and potential benefits to national and international contacts and stakeholders.

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Project basics

The project is part of the e!MISSON program's 2nd call funded via the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund (KLIEN), managed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) under contract number 853693. The consortium is run by Dr. Angela Berger from Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria.

Project name              Integrating the Energy System Austria (IES)
Project office              Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria, 1060 Wien, Mariahilferstr. 37-39, Austria
Project duration         01.03.2016 - 28.02.2019   
Project homepage     www.iesaustria.at

Project partner

Powered by the Climate & Energy Fund within the framework of the programme Energy Research 2015.

Political motivation

This project conforms entirely with the targets of the European Commission and meets the content of their latest press release „Commission sets out path to digitize European industry“ (Brussels, 19th of April, 2016), which covers the strategy to create a Digital Single Market (cross sector, cross border).

In order to achieve this goal of comprehensive ICT standardisation, Europe needs the convergence of essential digital technology building blocks: 5G communication, cloud computing, IoT, (big) data technologies and cyber security to reach interoperability within the clearly named focal areas: Smart Energy, eHealth, Advanced Manufacturing and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).


Link EC Communication: ICT Standardisation Priorities for the Digital Single Market

Cite: “The Commission will: Promote the development of interoperability standards and European reference architectures, as well as open cross-sectorial platforms for the digitization of European industry, including experimentation, validation, interoperability testing facilities and trusted labels and certification schemes;“

Environmental motivation

Changing a reliable system

The electrical power grid has evolved over centuries into a hierarchic infrastructure from rather centralized energy production and exchange down to the distribution via different voltage levels towards customers. A liberal energy market and distributed regenerative energy production challenge the established grid management. Smart Grids shall provide the means to smoothly integrate decentralized energy production and effectively improve flexibility, distribution efficiency and grid reliability. All this requires vivid communication among subsystems.

Interoperability is thus essential for the transition to Smart Grids and also contributes to the investment protection for operators and manufacturers. A normalized use of technical standards for interfaces and communication protocols is a central requirement for cost-effective systems integration. However, a seamless integration in legacy systems is equally important because the transition occurs gradually as new components and services are deployed step-by-step.

  • no energy transition toward distributed renewable sources without Smart Grids

  • no Smart Grids can evolve and flourish without interoperability

  • no assured interoperability with flexible standards

Goals of the IES Project

Securing Interoperability

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

Therefore, the focus of the IES project is to adapt and implement an existing, vendor-neutral and cooperative method to achieve interoperability within smart grids. The intention is not to define new standards, in contrary, established good practice shall be documented and made available such that vendors can base their designs thereon and run identical system integration tests.

This method – originating from ICT in healthcare - is based on a modular, well-defined process that achieves interoperability by starting with the definition of use cases, followed by cooperatively developing “interoperability profiles” which select, optimise and specify the normalised use of existing technology standards that address the 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, semantics and security methods).

The transparency of the method and the open platform that is used for technical specifications and profile development will be accessible by technology providers of interoperable products and services. Using this process helps foster investment protection and grow markets with increased competition for product innovation, quality and security.

Technological background

As a basis, the project utilises the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Smart Grid Coordination Group (SGCG) and SGAM from Smart Grids Mandate M/490 standards and applies the well-established Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE, ISO/TR 28380) approach for interoperability. 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). In the EU Commission Decision 2015/1302 the IHE-profiles were released for public procurement.

In its “European Interoperability Framework (EIF) for European public services”, the European Commission recommends “formalised cooperation arrangements in interoperability agreements”, addressing legal, organisational, semantic and technical interoperability. The IHE and EIF processes (TOGAF-based architectural development provide a valid method to assess and test for interoperability of sector-independent ICT solutions.

Within the SGAM scope (Mandate M490/SGAM), interoperability was also declared a highly important issue. Thus, cross-sectoral knowledge exchange between the project partners with regard to the development of interoperability profiles and the test requirements represents this project's main innovation.


28. Mai 2017, 10:54
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