Sharing among the projects and including new stakeholders

Beyond ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus– the working groups and web-based collaboration

Whereas the profiling and follow-up processes only concern funded projects, other mechanisms of the the Knowledge Community are open to the players in those consortia that could not be awarded in ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus calls as well as completely external initiatives, institutions and project consortia, too.

here One focus mechanism lies in the working groups:

Working Groups

System Architecture and Implementation Modelling

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Regulatory and Market Development

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Consumer and Citizen Involvement

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Cross Energy Carrier Synergies

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While the first day is dedicated to an ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus internal exchange, in which the projects can discuss and present among each other, the second day is open for other participants representing national and European stakeholders as well. In fact, the working groups are open to everyone, whether their projects are awarded in the first ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus call or not. That way, the working groups serve a double purpose for the participating ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus projects and the external stakeholders.

The ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus funded projects can learn from each other and directly transfer their learning to other stakeholders in Europe.

The ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus external stakeholders can keep in touch with the developments of the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus projects and bring their own findings to their table.

In the process, all participants gain a voice in the debate and can widen their network.

Further participation options are open online. Additional working group meetings can be organised as web-sessions to save travel costs. Later in 2015, the Knowledge Community online platform will be launched featuring different possibilities to enter, share and discuss knowledge.

The web platform will host the so called “Living Documents” that will mirror the progress made in the working groups. These documents will be open for the input of the participants that can document their engagement by adding to the document. These inputs can consist in presentations, minutes of discussions, result descriptions from projects, certain point-if-view articles on a particularly relevant issue and other features. Furthermore, in a forum function, hypotheses presented in the documents can be discussed and challenged beyond the scope of the working group meeting.

Next to organizing the network of the Initiative’s own transnational projects, other key national projects and external stakeholders, the Support Team will carry out further services for the projects. One major service is related to communication and dissemination activities of ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus funded projects. The Support Team offers to help the dissemination responsible parties, provide them with information of dissemination-relevant activities, will offer coachings and coordinate efforts among the projects to create synergies among the projects. E.g. facilitating the sharing of a fair booth for several ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus projects to save costs.

Organisation by the Support Team

The Support Team is a consortium sub-contracted by the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus Coordination to carry out the supportive actions in the Knowledge Community.

The consortium consists of three partners with prominent expertise and practice in the field of accompanying research of RD&D initiatives:

B.A.U.M. Consult from Germany – leading the accompanying research and over all dissemination of the German E-Energy Initiative

RSE from Italy – leading the Grid Plus consortium and co-developers of the platform

CLEEN Oy from Finland – leading the accompanying research and overall dissemination of the Finnish SGEM project

The main activities of the Support Team are discourse oriented. The information collected will be mirrored with the different internal and external stakeholders to derive new knowledge that will accordingly be shared among the entire community and help to bring the Smart Grids development and deployment in Europe to the next stage.

Through flexibly convening working group, web-based exchange mechanisms, project-individual workshops, surveys, interviews etc., all involved stakeholders – whether they are part of an awarded project or external will get a say and be part in shaping a common vision for the future of European Smart Grids and Smart Energy pathways.