Smart Energy Systems Week Austria 2018, 14.-18. May 2018
For PDF files of the presentations, please visit the German version of this page.

Monday, 14 May 2018 and Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Startup & Innovation Days

Venue: Smart Campus Wiener Netze, Nussbaumallee 21, 1110 Vienna, Austria

Chair: Hemma Bieser, Managing Partner, avantsmart e.U., Austria
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The official conference language during the Startup & Innovation Days is English.

This year the Smart Energy Systems Week starts with two days full of inspiration, startup mindset and innovation, introduced by keynote speakers Mario Herger (author of the books “The Silicon Valley Mindset” and “The Last Driver License Holder”), Michael Stadler (honoured by Barack Obama with the US Young Scientists Medal) and Roger Hackstock, the Austrian solar pioneer. In co-creation workshops – under the direction of innovative start-ups – energy companies will work with technology providers, users and other stakeholders to develop new smart services and innovative business models. The winning team will be honoured with the "Smart Energy Systems Award 2018".

The overall theme of the Smart Service Innovation Session this year is: Digital technologies are enablers for local and regional as well as integrated energy systems. New energy providers, municipalities, private persons, energy communities, property developers, building companies and other real estate managers are the key partners in the development process of new, innovative and market oriented technologies and services. How will future local energy communities be organized? How can they make use of digitalization to support their goals? Who are their technology and energy partners?

Monday, 14 May 2018


Welcome Coffee



Michael Hübner, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
Barbara Schmidt, Secretary General, Oesterreichs Energie – the Representative Body of the Austrian Electricity Industry
Edeltraud Stiftinger, Managing Director, Austria Wirtschaftsservice Gesellschaft mbH

The Silicon Valley Mindset: How Digital Startups and Companies are Impacting the Energy Sector

Mario Herger, Author of “The Silicon Valley Mindset” and “The Last Driver License Holder”, Founder and CEO, Enterprise Garage, USA

Microgrids – the New Cellular Energy Systems and California as Front Runner in Innovation

Michael Stadler, Area Manager Smart-Grids und Microgrids, Bioenergy2020+ GmbH and Co-founder and CTO XENDEE Inc., USA


Lunch Break


Smart Service Innovation Session Part I

Combined Electrical and Heat Supply: Attractive Business Models Disrupt the Sector Boundaries

Roger Hackstock, Managing Director, Austria Solar, solar pioneer and book author, Austria

Beginning of Co-Creation Workshop

Introduction to Business Design: tools and mindset
Presentation of Challenges by leading startups

Step 1: Understanding the customer and his/her problems, wishes and needs: analyzing customer profiles and stakeholder maps


Coffee Break

Step 2: Value Proposition Design: Create new smart services with design thinking tools

Step 3: Business Design: Search for sustainable revenue models

Step 4: Pitch Training: Design an outstanding presentation to convince the jury



Followed by Startup Lounge:

Get-together with drinks and finger food

Tuesday, 15 May 2018


Smart Service Innovation Session Part II

Presentation of Results from Monday’s Co-creation Workshop


Collaboration as Success Factor:

Corporates, Startups and Science – do we have a collaboration culture in Austria? What can we learn from best practice examples? How can we improve the collaboration? How can we attract new players to join the community?

Round Table Discussion

  • - Thomas Faast, Startup Coordinator, Public Affairs & Relation Management, University of Applied Science Technikum Wien, Austria
  • - Gerhard Günther, Managing Director, Innovation Lab of illwerke vkw, Austria
  • - Birgit Hofreiter, Managing Director, Innovation Incubation Center I2C, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • - Michael Stadler, Area Manager Smart Grids and Microgrids, Bioenergy2020+ GmbH, Austria; Co-founder and CTO, XENDEE Inc., USA


Coffee Break


Open Space I in cooperation with Photovoltaic Austria

Chair: Vera Liebl, Secretary General, Photovoltaic Austria

In the Open Space Session small stand-up workshops will be conducted by participants.


Lunch Break


Open Space II in cooperation with Photovoltaic Austria


Blockchain & Energy: The Energy Web Foundation Introduces Tobalaba

Erwin Smole, Co-founder and CSO of Grid Singularity GmbH, Austria and The Energy Web Foundation, Switzerland


Coffee Break


Young Scientists’ Presentations

Master and PhD Students present their research on blockchain in short pitches.


The Energy Blockchain and How It Will Shape the Future Energy System

Round Table Discussion

  • - Katarzyna Ciupa, Businessanalyst, IoT Austria and Bitcoin Austria
  • - Erwin Smole, Co-founder and CSO, Grid Singularity GmbH, Austria and The Energy Web Foundation, Switzerland
  • - Robby Schwertner, Blockchain Influencer, Austria
  • - Kenneth Wallace-Müller, Associate, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach, Austria



Parallel 11:45-18:00
Workshop on Future Power System Architectures

Venue: Smart Campus Wiener Netze, Nussbaumallee 21, 1110 Vienna, Austria

Chair: Wolfgang Hribernik, Head of Competence Unit Electric Energy Systems, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
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The official conference language during the workshop is English.

One of the crucial tasks facing electricity networks in the future energy system will consist of covering virtually 100% of energy needs from renewable energy sources and further exploiting the potential of flexibility sources from other sectors (heating, gas, mobility, etc.) as well. The future local components and structures will gain system relevance both in the context of the integration of renewables as well as in sector coupling.

In the workshop “Future Power System Architectures” we will cover and discuss a number of cellular approaches for the organization of energy networks and compare the results of international activities and demonstration projects. The goal of the workshop is therefore to carve out the synergies between various approaches and to put together an image of the future system architecture. From the implementation perspective it is necessary to evaluate the required technologies and to draft a pathway for the transition.

The workshop is directed at system supervisors and actors such as TSOs and DSOs, at technology providers as well as at decision makers. Representatives of the international research community will give keynote speeches and initiate discussions with the workshop participants about implementation opportunities.

The workshop is directly related to the activities of the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme on Smart Grids as well as those of Mission Innovation Challenge 1 on Smart Grids.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 and Thursday, 17 May 2018


Venue: Aula der Wissenschaften, Wollzeile 27A, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Welcome Coffee


Opening Session: "Energy Infrastructure as a Consumer Product"

Chair: Michael Hübner, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
Norbert Hofer, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria
Herbert Ritter, Deputy Head of Municipal Department 20 - Energy Planning, City of Vienna, Austria
Thomas Maderbacher, Managing Director, Wiener Netze GmbH, Austria
Theresia Vogel, Managing Director, Austrian Climate and Energy Fund

The Central Role of Transmission Grids in the Conversion of Energy Systems

Gerhard Christiner, Member of the Management Board, Austrian Power Grid AG

Energy Market 3.0

Professor Reinhard Haas, Energy Economics Group, Institute of Energy Systems and Electric Drives, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Presentation of the Results of the Smart Service Innovation Sessions

Professor Thomas Kienberger, Professor/Chair of Energy Network Technology, Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria

followed by discussion


Lunch Break



The future role of buildings as prosumers. What active role can buildings play in integrated energy systems and which system services can they perform? The target groups are property owners and operating companies, members of the public and their representatives.

Chair: Werner Weiss, Managing Director, AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies, Austria

Energy Plus Districts

Professor Brigitte Bach, Authorized Representative and Chair “Center for Energy”, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

Multifunctional Energy Façades

Christian Fink, Authorized Representative, AEE INTEC, Austria

The Activation of Storage Media in Buildings as a Load Balance for Power Grids and Heating Networks

Sebastian Spaun, Managing Director, Association of the Austrian Cement Industry

Innovative Solutions for Natural Light and Artificial Light

David Geisler-Moroder, Bartenbach GmbH, Austria

followed by discussion


Coffee Break



Chair: Christian Spanik, Editor-in-Chief, & Digisaurier, Germany

  • Ralf Gazda, Business Development Manager, InnoSense AG, Switzerland
  • Andreas Schneemann, Initiator of the Innovation Laboratory and Managing Director, Energie Kompass GmbH, Austria
  • Walter Tenschert, Managing Director, Salzburg Netz GmbH, Austria
  • Robert Tesch, Head of Division Digital Grid, Siemens AG Österreich, Austria



The "Smart Energy Systems Award 2018" is grouped into four categories and rewards challenging research and innovation achievements in the design of future energy systems. The award ceremony will be presented by Michael Paula, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and Theresia Vogel, Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. Scientific papers, research projects, as well as concrete demonstrations and startups present themselves at the brilliant award ceremony and discuss the results in an open forum.

Professor Hubert Fechner, Head of the Department of Renewable Energy, University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Austria
and Kurt Schauer, Consultant for the Future, Austria

Followed by

Evening Reception at the Exhibition

Thursday, 17 May 2018



The transition to a carbon-optimized economy will radically change the energy system. Not only procedures featuring energy end-use efficiency will be sought after but the optimized use of renewable energy sources in exergy-optimized processes will become the true challenge.

Chair: Professor Horst Steinmüller, Managing Director, Head of Energy Technology Department, Energy Institute at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Implications of a Substantial Transition by Industry to Renewables – Results of the Research Project “Renewables4Industry”

Simon Moser, Project Manager, Energy Institute at Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Results of the Research Project “DC-INDUSTRIE”

Sebastian Weckmann, Department of Efficiency Systems, Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, Germany

Sectoral Integration of Energy and Industry: A Pathway to Decarbonisation

Jan Cupal, Senior Innovation Manager, VERBUND AG, Austria

Energiewende at Stake?

Diana Wang, Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP), University of Stuttgart, Germany

followed by discussion


Coffee Break



The range of propositions from classic power companies is undergoing radical change. New players are cultivating flexibility concerning energy, Consumers are joining forces in private consumption communities or are trading energy peer-to-peer. At the same time the challenges with which network operators are faced are growing. They must increasingly operate their systems in “real time” and enable sector coupling.

Chair: Wolfgang Hribernik, Head of Competence Unit Electric Energy Systems, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

RES in the Power Grid – Stronger Networking as the Basis for Reliability of Supply

Michaela Leonhardt, Austrian Power Grid AG

Smart Grids for Tomorrow’s Cities

Robert Grüneis, Managing Director, Aspern Smart City Research GmbH & Co KG (ASCR), Austria and Alfred Einfalt, Siemens AG Österreich, Austria

Own Consumption as Part of Switzerland’s 2050 Energy Strategy

Karl Resch, Head of Regulatory Management and Grid Management, Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich (EKZ), Switzerland

Limitations of Sector Coupling: Flexibility at the Interface between Market and Grid

Tara Esterl, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

followed by discussion


Lunch Break



The continuous increase in decentralized energy generation, also increasingly in the urban area, offers new opportunities for municipalities and their infrastructure but also poses new challenges for them. Furthermore, progressive digitalisation is creating new claims and demands from end users. Therefore, new operation strategies and business models for municipal infrastructure have to be developed in order to create new value proposition options. These challenges must also be taken into account in new spatial energy and urban planning concepts.

Chair: Georg Lettner, Institute of Energy Systems and Electric Drives, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

PV Prosumer of the Future

Gaëtan Masson, Operating Agent, IEA/PVPS, Belgium

Anergy Grids

Bernd Vogl, Head of Municipal Department MA 20 Energy Planning, City of Vienna, Austria

Spatial Energy Planning – Baseline and Scenarios for the City of Innsbruck

Professor Wolfgang Streicher, Professor/Chair of Energy-Efficient Building with Focus on Renewable Energy, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Climate Policy and Energy Planning at Municipal Level. The Case of Elsinore, Denmark

Karen Marie Pagh Nielsen, Head of the Climate Secretariat, Municipality of Elsinore, Denmark

followed by discussion


Coffee Break



In this fishbowl session, the participants will discover a fascinating new form of thematic discourse. The target groups are municipal utilities and towns, cities and municipalities respectively.

Chair: Angela Berger, Managing Director, Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria


Break and individual journey to evening event


Evening Reception of the City of Vienna City in the Wiener Rathauskeller, Rathausplatz 1, 1010 Vienna

at the invitation of the City of Vienna, Municipal Department MA 20 Energy Planning,

Opening: Maria Vassilakou, Deputy Mayor and City Councillor for Urban Development, Transport, Climate Protection, Energy Planning and Public Participation, City of Vienna, Austria

Friday, 18 May 2018

Workshop of the Innovative Technology Regions

Venue: Smart Campus Wiener Netze, Nussbaumallee 21, 1110 Vienna, Austria


Chair: Elvira Lutter, Program und Research- Manager, Austrian Climate and Energy Fund

Contact: – Participation only possible upon invitation of the workshop leader. Registration:
The official conference language during the workshop is English.

The D-A-CH countries (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) as well as Sweden, Denmark and France are linked by a long tradition in the development of technology-related innovation regions in the respective countries. The “D-A-CH Plus” countries have therefore cultivated an active exchange at political, technical and academic levels. The objective of this workshop is to explore whether, beyond knowledge-sharing, the potential exists for business and development partnerships or for mutual or cross-border market interests. This event contributes to the implementation of the Innovation Activity "A4-IA.2.2.-3 Cross-Linking of Large-Scale Demonstration Projects and Respective Programmes“ of the European SET-Plan (Implementation Plan SET-Plan Action 4- Energy Systems). The overarching network of innovative technologies with the aim of better mastering variability in all dimensions will form the focus of the discussions.

Workshop participants are invited to provide lightning impulses and answer the question of mastering variability by means of innovative technologies and their networking. Following this, discussion groups on networking at project and programme levels will be formed with the aim of initiating concrete approaches to cross-project, cross-programme and transnational cooperation.