Exploration of the Micro Grid Güssing

The future energy-demand solutions that will meet the challenges and opportunities of the increasingly decentralized renewable production and the consumption are justified in an urban context. Microgrids are self-contained regional, urban energy systems, in which decentralized energy producers, storage and consumers are involved. This innovative approach is complex and requires a comprehensive examination and Interdisciplinary optimization. The complex problems are now to be solved in this smart city entry project. The conditions and the function of a microgrid should be investigated within the cross-linking of production, consumers, network operators and storage facilities in a sustainable city.

Initial situation and problems

The requirements of strongly fluctuating energy transport in the networks and the reversal of the energy flow direction must be borne by the energy industry of the future. Significant changes are expected, in particular in the grid area, which are accompanied by extensive investments. Implementations of smart grids are required so that the expected investment requirements can be reduced.
In the smart grid sector, the microgrid is a part of the lower/lowest level, which also needs a power back-up or an off-grid system. Microgrids are self-contained, regional, urban energy systems, in which the decentralized energy producers, consumers and storage are involved.
The above-mentioned initial situation calls for a comprehensive consideration and multidisciplinary optimization of a microgrid. This innovative approach is complex and requires, among other things, answers to questions from the following areas:

  • Economic issues
  • Legal issues
  • Technical issues
  • Safety-related issues
  • Social issues

Methods and objectives

With respect to the issue described above, the main objective of the project is to test the feasibility of a microgrid in a defined urban project region. Derived from this we need to define the economic, technical, legal, safety and social conditions. The following steps are required In order to make a conclusion:

  • Analysis of available data and components (generating plants and consumers)
  • Elaboration of a concept for the installation of a microgrid
  • Planning the implementation of a microgrid controller and definition of its functions
  • Planning the implementation of a regional storage (MW range) for peak load shifting, grid stabilization and the definition of the operation
  • Planning of the implementation of load management systems and the definition of the operation; design of a prototypical application of the overall system in the project region

Expected results and findings

Collection of the potentials of electricity generation, storage options and Demand Side Management

  • Various microgrid-relevant (partial) solutions for the implementation of an overall system
  • Experiences/barriers/success factors, preparation of the development/adaptation of microgrid components
  • The design of a prototypical application
Project  – Exploration project of the 3rd Call 2012
Project start: 06/01/2014
Project end: 05/31/2015
Approved funding: € 155.500,–
Total project costs: € 301.069,–


Europäisches Zentrum für erneuerbare Energie Güssing GmbH (Consortial leader)
Biogas Strem Errichtungs- und Betriebs GmbH & CoKG
4ward Energy Research GmbH
General Electric Austria GmbH
Elektro-Güssing GesmbH


Project lead

Ing. Joachim Hacker
European Centre for Renewable Energy

Tel.: +43(0)579010-85042