Institut für Energiesysteme und Elektrische Antriebe, Arbeitsgruppe Elektrische Anlagen
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Based on the European Electricity Market Directive and Renewable Energy Directive is currently the legal framework being defined for the future design of the power grid and the implementation of Energy Communities prepared. 

To foster the emergence of Energy Communities in a balanced way, INTERACT integrates for the first time effectively all innovative technologies, which are available in a model region, into a holistic architecture. In doing so, we aim to include the requirements and needs of all stakeholders – from the utility company to the producer, the storage provider or the consumer – to establish a beneficial situation for everyone.  

Wfacilitate the integration of Energy Communities into the electrical energy system through the minimization of data exchange requirements by using the LINK-based holistic architecture. The latter is promoted and concretized by both: the success factors of European Positive Energy Districts best practices and the specific local needs and requirements of the municipalities on which we focus. The holistic architecture unifies all interactions within the power system itself, between the network-, generation- and storage operators, consumers and prosumers, and the market, thus creating the possibility to harmonize them without compromising data privacy and cyber-security. It facilitates all processes necessary for a reliable, economical and environmentally friendly operation of smart power systems.  


The overall project goal is to enable the municipality to introduce the worldwide first Local Energy Communities and Sector Coupling based on a holistic approach, which is respecting and optimally combining the interests of all stakeholders. This creates maximum use of the possibilities available in urban areas for effective energy use and the maximum reduction in CO2 production. The INTERACT project will lay the foundation for a demonstration follow-up project.  

Furthermore, INTERACT will foster experience exchange and collect successful approaches towards establishing PEDs; evaluate and integrate the stakeholder needs of the planned specific PEDs; define market-to-market and technological interfaces of the energy community according to the LINK-architecture; and create a roadmap how to establish the specific Positive Energy Districts within the focus of INTERACT.  

Expected results 

Preparing the groundwork to establish the worldwide first local energy community with a harmonized and integrative approach of all stakeholders for a reliable, secure and stable energy grid for the future.  

Use European best practice and Positive Energy Districts success factors to create a role model region and a key project in the field of Energy Efficiency, Energy Production and Energy flexibility. 


Sonnenplatz Großschönau GmbH; FH Technikum Wien; TU Wien, Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives; LEEF Technologies s.r.o.; Tornet Fastighetsutveckling AB


Ass.Prof. Priv.Doc. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Albana ILO

Dipl.-Ing. Daniel-Leon SCHULTIS

Duration / Funding:

From 02/2021 to 01/2023.

This project has received funding in the framework of the PED Programme, which is implemented by the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe and SET Plan Action 3.2. The project is supported by the Austrian Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation, and Technology (BMK), Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TAČR) and Swedish Energy Agency / Viable Cities, Sweden.