SYSPEQ - Systemische Lösung zum Betrieb von Plusenergiequartieren

Full-scale planning concepts for positive energy districts (PEDs) and their operation as energy communities (ECs). The focus is on the implementation in the existing building stock, especially in the area of social/non-profit housing. Financing options for renewable generation units, planning and operation of a PED (especially as an EC), marketing opportunities for surplus electricity and the development of an information and networking platform are part of this project. A special highlight is the practical proof-of-concept in Fuchsenloch, which is a social housing quarter of Sozialbau.

Short Description

Starting point / motivation

PEDs are mainly developed in areas with capital-intensive, newly constructed buildings, whereby old/existing buildings are rarely considered. The few initiatives that include existing neighbourhoods focus on unique areas, which severely limits the replicability of methods and results. Also, due to the limitation of PEDs to new buildings or unique areas, large parts of the population are excluded from participation in PED initiatives. In addition, there is a lack of adequate holistic planning concepts to ensure a wide dissemination of PEDs.

In the future, it should be possible to implement PEDs on a large scale. This results in the need for fully comprehensive planning concepts for PEDs in existing buildings, ranging from financing of generation units, the set-up and operation of the PEDs, to marketing the surplus electricity. In order to stop limiting the energy transition to wealthier citizens, it is necessary to focus on the possibilities for implementing PEDs in the area of social or non-profit housing. The enforcement of the EAG legislative package, which provides the legal basis for the implementation of energy communities, also opens up new opportunities and possibilities for PEDs. Linking the concepts of PEDs and ECs seems promising, as electricity exchange and trade across building borders is possible.

Contents and goals

The aim of the project is to develop comprehensive planning concepts for PEDs, focusing on the building life cycle and especially on existing buildings and their coupling with new buildings in a neighbourhood. The planning and implementation of a PED and its operation as an energy community will be analysed in theory for the complex situation of social housing developers on the one hand and tested in practice with strong involvement of residents on the other (proof of concept).

For fully comprehensive planning, financing options for renewable generation plants, possibilities of marketing the surplus electricity and the resulting benefits for different stakeholders are dealt with, and joint business models are developed.

Furthermore, a match-making platform will be developed, which, on the one hand, allows to find business partners in the field of PEDs and ECs, and on the other hand summarises knowledge from the project and active PEDs and ECs in order to make it available to stakeholders in a structured way and thus promote community intelligence.


Financial as well as technical concepts are being developed to enable PEDs to be planned as cost-efficient as possible, especially in existing buildings. The topic of standardisation is strongly emphasised in order to be able to easily apply concepts and procedures to the different situations.

Furthermore, a model is being developed that allows the simulation of a PED that is operated as energy community. With this model, the financial advantages of the participants will be quantified. The possibilities of marketing the surplus electricity or covering the residual load via long-term energy supply contracts are also included.

The technical planning and the simulation model will be applied to two realistic neighbourhoods - Fuchsenloch (Sozialbau) and a neighbourhood in the Rothneusiedl urban development area (Sozialbau and Wien Süd). The implementation in practice takes place in Fuchsenloch, including a strong involvement of the residents. The Kano method is used to evaluate the needs of residents and stakeholders.

The multi-functional match-making platform will be used to find business partners and collect information. Data filtering will be applied as a method to search and find perfect matches. The platform is being developed as a web service and will subsequently be coupled with the "7Energy" platform currently being developed by Energie Kompass GmbH, which will expand the infrastructure of the "" innovation laboratory in the future.

Expected results

At the end of the project, the legal possibilities to implement a PED and operate it as an energy community in the field of social housing should be completely clarified and accessible to the general public via the match-making/information platform. Furthermore, standardised procedures and concepts for the financing and planning of PEDs should be available, and options for the marketing of surplus electricity and covering the residual load should be explored.

The two demonstration neighbourhoods Fuchsenloch and one neighbourhood in the urban development area Rothneusiedl are to be planned as PEDs with the previously developed procedures. In the Fuchsenloch neighbourhood, a PED will be realised and operated as an energy community. Thereby, it is the goal to maximise the participation of residents. The match-making platform offers networking possibilities for all stakeholders and provides gathered information about PEDs and ECs.

Project Partners

Project management

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Project or cooperation partners

  • SOZIALBAU gemeinnützige Wohnungsaktiengesellschaft
  • Gemeinnützige Bau- u. Wohnungsgenossenschaft „Wien Süd" eingetragene Genossenschaft mit beschränkter Haftung
  • WEB Windenergie AG
  • Fachhochschule Technikum Wien

Contact Address

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Bernadette Fina
Giefinggasse 4
A-1210 Wien
Tel.: 0664/88390046