D-A-CH Cooperation Smart Grids

Germany, Austria and Switzerland are working together to promote research and development within ICT-based energy systems: The Smart Grids D-A-CH cooperation was established in 2009 as a transnational platform for knowledge sharing and cooperation in the area of smart grids and e-mobility.

The D-A-CH transnational cooperation focuses on the development and testing of implementation strategies for smart grids. It represents an opportunity for the national smart grid actors to intensify and expand their research in the field of future energy systems beyond their own national borders. The official starting point for this cooperation was marked by signing the Memorandum of Understanding at the E-Energy Annual Meeting on 26th of November 2009 in Berlin. The cooperation is being coordinated by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE).

Main goal of the D-A-CH cooperation is the further development of smart electricity networks – also known as “Internet of Energy” or “Smart Grids”, as well as the integration of e-mobility into the system. In order to rapidly progress, three task forces on “Standardisation”, “Business Models” and “Data” have been established. Their role is to bundle the results from each partner country and exchange them within the network.

Following action areas are being addressed:


  • Knowledge exchange between actors
  • Information on and coordination of policy measures


  • Identification and use of synergies
  • Promotion of cooperation between national projects (model regions, competence centres, etc.)


  • Joint solutioning on cross-sectional issues, e.g. interoperability
  • Standardisation, security requirements, legal compliance
  • Business Models


  • Coordination of public relations activities
  • Increasing user acceptance
  • Acceleration of technology transfer


Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie Ing. Michael Hübner michael.huebner@bmvit.gv.at
Fichtner IT Consulting AG Dr. Albrecht Reuter Albrecht.Reuter@FIT.Fichtner.de