Work Packages

WP1: Project management and dissemination (International)

Goals: To manage project progress and achievements against scientific and technical objectives ensuring that the project schedule is met. A feedback loop mechanism will be used for ensuring the coordination between all the partners. Scientific, technical and operational objectives will be reviewed in order to match the potential impact of SONDER.

T1.1 Project Management (TUW, all project partners) The coordination of the overall project essentially comprises the ongoing content and organizational communication of the applicant with the client and the project partners and includes the following activities: Organization of project meetings, monitoring of project progress, reporting (reporting)

T1.2 Quality-enhancing measures (TUW, all project partners) Risk analysis and management, Data Protection Impact Assessment, Workshop to evaluate project-specific gender issues. Communication between the partners and creating a data platform. Internal Quality Assurance by Task Leader, External Quality Assurance by Project Leader. Discussion of the results and recommendations. Solving technical and organizational problems and risks through risk management. Deliverables and reports are checked by experienced staff for spelling, grammar and style.

WP2: ERA-Net knowledge community (International)


  • Contribution of SONDER to the ERA-Net knowledge community
  • Active participation in cross cutting knowledge community activities
  • Timely delivery of required reporting documents

T2.1 Involvement in formative evaluation (TUW, all project partners)
T2.1.1. Profiling: Participate in an online survey per year on project experiences and deliverables related to topics of the ERA-Net Energy
Systems Knowledge Community. The Project will answer about 25 questions about scope, targets and results of the projects in an online
tool according to an “evaluation and profiling”-manual that will be handed out to the projects at their start.
T2.1.2 Feedback:
• Receive written feedback and consider recommendations of evaluators
• Review results of survey, partly in face-to-face or virtual meetings with the evaluating experts.
• Participate in the annual 2-day ERA-Net SES joint project event including a feedback meeting with experts and key project members
(can partially be a virtual meeting).

T2.2 Crosscutting Knowledge Community activities (TUW, all project partners)
T2.2.1. Working groups
• Participate in, prepare for and follow-up 6 working groups: System Architecture & Modelling, Regulatory & Market Development,
Consumer & Citizen Involvement, Storage and Cross Energy Solutions, Interoperability & Standardisation, Regional Value Chains, in
physical and web based meetings.
T2.2.2 Living documents
• Work with the Knowledge Sharing Platform expera, mainly contributing to the development of 6 living documents (related to the topics
of the abovementioned working groups). Consortium members will contribute own and other project results, e.g. clarify conclusions, give
feedback, provide examples etc.
T2.2.3 Cooperation on communication and dissemination activities
• Participate in in teleconferences and workshops to detect synergies between the projects, and support and improve (joint)
communication and dissemination activities.
• Participate in a minimum of 1 joint project presentation activities (e.g. European Utilities Week) organized by ERA-Net SES Knowledge

Task2.3 Deliverables to the ERA-Net Smart Energy System (in addition to national/regional funding agency requirements, if
applicable). (TUW, all project partners)

  • Task 2.3.1 – Annual reporting (in 2019, 2020 and 2021)
  • Task 2.3.2 – Final reporting (2021-2022, depending on project end date)
  • Task 2.3.3 – Annual project event
  • Task 2.3.4 – Final ERA-Net SES event
  • Task 2.3.5 – Abstract of the main results for reporting to the European Commission
WP3: User needs analysis, KPI requirements and specification, definition of interoperability profiles (International)


  • Requirements survey Communication with network operators and energy providers (protocols, data scope, time characteristics)
  • Requirements collection secure communication between all relevant stakeholders
  • Specification and implementation of interfaces for stakeholders
  • Connection concept for all relevant stakeholders to the tax concepts

T3.1 Interface characteristics for advanced energy communities
In addition to the challenges in the field of communication technology (protocols, cybersecurity, models, predictions) for the interaction
of suppliers, operators, and need-owners solutions must be developed to provide the necessary interfaces with local and regional
advanced energy communities, e.g., towards the markets, DSOs, or Renewable Energy Systems (RES).

T3.2 Define KPI requirements
Analogous to Task 3.1 solutions for the interaction of prosumers in prosumer energy communities are developed. In the case of prosumer
communities, particular attention must be paid to aspects such as the mitigation of breaches of contract by other participants and the
potential flexibility in choosing the controller for their own community.

T3.3 Definition of interoperability profiles
According to SETPlan Initiative A4-IA0-5 JI-2 interoperability profiles for local and regional energy communities (R/LECs) need to be
defined. This is key for enabling new services for and by R/LECs

WP4: Swedish Datacenter model for Regional Energy Communities

T4.1 Simulation and modelling

  • Microgrid modelling
  • Datacenter modelling
  • Microgrid and data center model integration

T4.2 Datacenter model validation

  • Instrumentation and measurement
  • Data collection from SICS datacenter
  • Validation of data center model with collated data

T4.3 Protocol Analysis

  • Identify standardized data model on the microgrid level for VPP modelling
  • Identify standardized data model for energy market modelling

T4.4 Protocol Harmonization

  • Using semantic modelling to translate data semantics between VPP and the energy market
WP5: Swiss Smart City Arbon

T5.1: Data provision, consolidation and monitoring

  • Identifying data analysis and visualization tool for DSOs and research concerning project scope
  • Establishing flexibilities of the grid evaluated and future scenarios

T5.2: Grid model based on graph learning

  • Adoption of graph learning- based approaches for specific grid model (total grid – transform stations – end
  • Graph representation of the grid abstract functional behavior to describe both temporal and spatial interdependencies existing within
    sensor data streams coming from the grid
  • Graph representation of interaction with neighboring systems (i.e., regional aspect) to optimize peak load and lead regulation by
    prediction consumption at the regional level (i.e., SN Energie)

T5.3: Prediction modules and related algorithms

  • Prediction of PV production and consumption in short / mid-term at different levels
  • Online learning of predictors for lifelong adaptation of the grid
  • Advanced battery management system based on novel predictor and regional market situation
  • Prediction of grid status and the ageing level (health status) of grid elements – predictive maintenance

T5.4: Sensitivity analysis:

  • Integration with simulations of future scenarios
  • “What if” analysis to support the integration of new types of loads/producers/services w.r.t new predictions and control algorithms
  • Analysis of the future loads effect without any or with demand side management and w.r.t regional energy balance and trade
WP6: Austria Common Reference Architecture for Local/Regional Energy Communities

T6.1 Energy Communities Battery Systems Analysis
Meta analysis of achieved results (international projects – over regional use of batteries) overview of technologies, availabilities –
challenge in cities are shifting charging to low usage times making new concepts necessary. Big local batteries can buffer these charging
capacities, reducing strain on the grid. Identifying established standards (looking at interoperable systems). stakeholder and need-owner
participation, formalizing and quantifying needs is necessary.

T6.2 Profiling Interoperable Battery Storage Systems
Defining interoperability profile for Local/Regional Energy Communities (also co-creation with need-owners)
Participate in Energy-Connectathon

T6.3 Building on Demonstration Site Standpunkt Liesing
Create an internationally compatible local Reference Architecture for industrial development sites
Direct Involvement of need-owners (Standpunkt Liesing organized workshops with local companies and decision makers)
Common Reference Architecture for Local/Regional Energy Communities Implementation (starting point: flexibility operator of gas)

T6.4 Demand Side Management Measures
Identifying Energy Community Battery System Operator Model (to aid market adoption and scaling)
Need-owner feedback loop
Derive knowledge for scaling and replication from demonstration region for international blueprint

WP7: Combination of Interoperable Demonstration Communities


  • Integrating Swiss prediction results, Swedish regulation models for increasing the share of renewable energy from photovoltaics, taking into account local flexibilities
  • Concepts for providing local flexibilities as services, as well as approaches to integrating services through the regulatory and regulatory components
  • Concepts for optimizing consumption within energy communities in order to avoid bottlenecks and to optimally use / consume
    fluctuating generation from renewable energies

Swedish Demonstration
T7.1 Simulation platform (LTU)
Develop a co-simulation platform which integrates the microgrid model, VPP model and the energy market model
T7.2 Case study testing (RISE, all Swedish partners)
Develop a case study scenario that demonstrates the use of market incentives for demand response of data centers

Swiss: Smart City Arbon
T7.3: Pilot demonstration and assessment (Arbon Energie, all Swiss partners)

  • Implementation of the developed algorithms and testing in a real-life environment
  • Assessment of results with respect to other algorithms and pilot

Austrian Demonstration
T7.4: Interoperability Profile Assessment (TPSGA, all Austrian partners)
Quantification of possible flexibility usage, of grid assistance measures possible (considering special tariff structure in Austria vs., e.g.,
Germany completely voiding tariffs for storage), Sensitivity analysis of service interface regarding future use cases according to ETIPSNET
position paper. Operator model for Local/Regional Energy Community at hand of the example of installed batteries at
demonstration site (comparable to gas market) Storages (in Austria) have special tariff structures (eg. Germany completely void of tariffs)
could be adopted. Pumped storage have tariffs on their own, but not yet for batteries – active regulation subject. Coordinating – with
cybersecurity advantages when islanding is enabled (safe shutdown)

WP8: Dissemination and Communication activities


  • Utilization and publication of the project results at national and international conferences
  • writing scientific papers; Journal article of the project results
  • European companies dealing with intelligent energy systems should learn about the successes of SONDER
  • Stakeholders and other municipalities, utilities, energy service providers or SES ERAnet experts and projects should be informed and invited to participate. Information is the first step towards further implementation in products that then establish technology leadership
    for Austria and support climate protection goals.

T8.1 Inclusion of users
The results will be presented comprehensively during the course of the project and need-owner feedback will be included. Presentations
of the research (interim) results to interested industry partners of demonstration region. Facilitating technology transfer for (especially
SME) project partners in the in-project workshops.

T8.2 SET-Plan activities
To cover the European dimension, the results of the project will be actively transferred to the European Commission via the ETIP-SNET
Working Group on Digitization and Customer Involvement to strengthen Austria’s leadership position in research. SET-Plan activities (eg.
participation in ETIP-SNET Regional Workshops) to facilitate horizontal learning among Smart Grids RDD projects and facilitate vertical
learning on european initiative level In national platforms such as Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria (interim) results are
presented to relevant stakeholders and discussed together.

T8.3 Scientific utilization
Results are published in a relevant journal and at scientific conferences (e.g., IECON, ISIE, ETFA, WFCS, etc.). In courses, concepts are
presented and developed in diploma theses, dissertations by students themselves, in order to incorporate the necessary real problems
into the training of new skilled workers according to the principles of research-driven teaching.