IEA ISGAN Annex 5: Smart Grids International Research Facility Network (SIRFN). (Working period 2019-2020)

The Smart Grids International Research Facility Network (SIRFN) aims at creating and sharing a comprehensive knowledge-base of smart grid testing facilities, test beds and important demonstration projects. Furthermore the project seeks to improve current smart grid testing and evaluation capabilities and to establish a framework for stakeholders to gain from sharing nonproprietary results, advice and assistance.

Short Description

Description The international network of Smart Grids research facilities and test beds (SIRFN), which is organized as independent project under the umbrella of International Energy Agency's International Energy Grid Action Network (IEA- ISGAN) gives participating countries the ability to evaluate Smart Grid technologies and systems approaches in a wide range of implementation use cases using common testing procedures. SIRFN is helping to improve the understanding of smart grid technologies and drive the development and diffusion of these technologies worldwide. The main research topics of SIRFN are the integration of renewable energy and distributed energy resources, the development and review of new power system concepts such as microgrids, and innovative test methods for generating units, components and systems for the power grids.

To support research, development and implementation of smart grid technologies more efficiently, SIRFN has formulated the following main objectives, which are addressed by the Austrian sub-project, considering the national priorities:

  • International exchange of research results, best practices and methods,
  • Co-development and enhancement of the capabilities of participating research laboratories,
  • Creating a framework to help participating laboratories and countries plan and execute smart grid projects by aligning test requirements with the know-how available in SIRFN.

The Austrian sub-project addresses these goals in close coordination with the SIRFN work program. This results in the following benefits:

  • Ensuring the horizontal integration of national and international knowledge and experience in the implementation of smart grid projects
  • Further positioning of the Austrian smart grid research infrastructure and generation of intelligence in the field of smart grids (international exchange of research results, best practices and methods for joint development, extension and improvement of the capabilities of participating research infrastructures).
  • Transfer of know-how to Austria and introduction of insights into current and planned project projects in Austria or into the future strategic development of the Smart Grid theme.

By participating in the 2019-2020 work period, Austria, which has been a founding member right from the beginning, will continue to benefit from the results of SIRFN. By directly integrating the insights gained from participation in the SIRFN into ongoing research projects, Austria's technological lead in integrating renewable energies and distributed energy resources can be secured and sustainably expanded.


Publications are available on the website of IEA ISGAN Annex 5.


United States (Lead), Austria, Canada, Denmark, European Commission, France, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands

Contact Address

Roland Bründlinger
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
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