AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
The Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT) is an Austrian research institute with a European format and focuses on the key infrastructure issues of the future. The company takes a leading position in the Austrian innovation system and a corresponding key role in Europe.
In the field of electricity networks, AIT’s main expertise is in power system integration of distributed energy resources, including distributed generation, demand side management, storage and e-mobility. Since the beginning of Smart Grid research, AIT has been involved intensely in both national and European projects. Over the past ten years, AIT was involved in approximately one hundred projects in the field of Smart Grids, ranging from smaller local projects to the largest European Smart Grids demonstration projects.
The expertise of AIT covers the complete field of electrical energy systems, ranging from component level to system level. This includes the areas of power electronics and system components, ICT and controls for electrical energy networks and network planning and operation. This technical expertise is complemented with strong competences on the regulatory level, providing independent consulting services for energy system stakeholders including governmental and regulatory bodies. Furthermore, AIT provides an excellent national and international network. It is represented in several technology platforms, such as the National Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria (NTP), the European Technology Platform for Electricity Networks of the Future as well as in DERlab e.V. It is also involved in the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI), the EERA Joint Programmes on Smart Grids and PV and several Implementing Agreements of the International Energy Agency.
AIT main task inf the project is to lead the work package on Replicability, Scalability and Exploitation, and in particular to identify and formalise the factors impacting the deployment potential of smart grid technologies. The scalability and replicability of the smart grid technologies implemented and tested in the InteGrid demonstrators will be assessed from the technical, economic and regulatory point of view, and a set of recommendations for stakeholders will be elaborated and presented in a replication roadmap.
Moreover, AIT is supporting the development of the grid management prototypes (including the traffic light system), the joint monitoring of the demonstrations and in particular the Slowenian demonstration “Self-sustainability facilitation”.