SMARTIES - SMART Innovative Energy Services - Analysis of requirements of smart energy-services

The emerging development of smart grids provides market opportunities for new ICT-based services ("smart value-added services"). Economic and organizational barriers are foreseeable that could affect the establishment of business models and service providers (data formats, connectivity, controllability, etc.). In order to improve the chances especially for new and local actors, SMARTIES proactively tries to eliminate hindrances of innovation.

Short Description




Starting point / motivation

Economic benefits are expected from the rollout of smart metering. Potential benefits to the energy supply system and customers are anticipated, but still vague. Market opportunities arise for new ICT-based smart value-added services ("smart energy services").

Smart meters provide a new communication interface to customers and a data basis for further applications. Applicability and availability of data (data formats, connectivity, etc.) needs to be insured, taking into account the importance of data security and data safety. Economic and organizational/legal barriers need to be adapted.

In order to improve the opportunities for new and local actors, SMARTIES proactively tries to eliminate hindrances of innovation.


The main method applied is the involvement of experts and stakeholders through expert interviews. This method guarantees high reliability (internal validity) especially when future topics are concerned. In addition, workshop methods tailored in accordance to the relevant objectives will be applied. Meta-analyses will be carried out on projects in the German speaking area and international best practice examples will beevaluated. The consortium will rely on its excellent national and international networking: 19 letters of interest from the most important stakeholders (DSO, suppliers, authorities, technology suppliers) guarantee the most relevant stakeholders' involvement in interviews and workshops.

Expected results

The expected results are clearly oriented to the five questions in the guidelines: listing of relevant stakeholders and business models, illustration of customer benefits, elaboration of demands on data quality (latency, format, resolution, etc.), barriers due to the legal and regulatory framework, and basis for the success of international best practice examples. As a result, this project will provide a comprehensive and systematic guidance in order to derive the intervention necessary for innovative market development (recommendations). By integrating the relevant stakeholders consensus-based recommendations will be derived.

Project Partners

Project management

Energie Institute at the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Simon Moser

Project or cooperation partners

  • Avantsmart e.U., Hemma Bieser
  • BAUM Consult GmbH, Michael Wedler

Contact Address

Energie Institute at the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Altenbergerstraße 69
A-4040 Linz
Tel.: +43 (732) 2468-5658