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RASSA Process: "Stakeholder Process" for the Initiative "Reference Architecture for save and secure Smart Grids in Austria"


The project RASSA Process works out a profound concept for the development of a coordinated smart grids reference architecture for Austria under involvement of all relevant actors. The reference architecture serves as a "blueprint" for further smart grids solutions. By using the principles of this reference architecture it is possible to achieve secure, safe and interoperable smart grids in an easy and harmonized way. Based on technological-scientific elements of a reference architecture (technological requirements, state of the art) a process will be worked out, which meets the requirements of all relevant stakeholders like operators of infrastructure, industry and also public agencies, who will be involved in a target group specific way. The process has to fulfil the necessary coordination and communication to achieve a national accepted and international orientated reference architecture.


Electrical Networks are radically in change. In the course of the intensive efforts to raise the share of renewable energy new innovative smart grids solutions were developed in the last years to integrate decentralized volatile generation into the system.

With the invention of smart grids technologies an interconnection with communication technologies with the, so far, isolated assets and equipment especially in the distribution grid took place. This leads to challenges in the system design in terms of interoperability of a functional overall system and security in terms of security of supply. The objective of the RASSA Initiative is the development of a reference architecture for smart grids in Austria and to get the agreement of all relevant stakeholders. For the reference architecture the consideration of aspects like operation safety (Safety) and cyber security (Security) are necessary. Aspects of personal privacy (Privacy) should also be included into the design of the architecture.

The development of the reference architecture is only possible, if all relevant stakeholders like network operators, energy suppliers and the regulator and public agencies take part. Due to the high economic relevance of the energy supply system the number of actors is high. The objective target of the project is beside the methodical workup of the development of the reference architecture the systematic preparation of the structure of stakeholders especially for Austria. The stakeholder process profits of the existing good contacts of the technology platform smart grids Austria, because its members are a part of the relevant stakeholders for smart grids development. Furthermore the platform has developed a good basis for discussion to actors outside the platform like ministries and public agencies and international actors. For the first time the project involves the stakeholders outside the energy sector in the discussion. The designed stakeholder concept has to accompany the whole development process of smart grids in Austria. A concept, which will have to persist longer than the duration of the project RASSA Process.

Project Members

Project Coordination:

  • Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria

Project Partner:

  • Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives
  • Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Computer Technology
  • AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology


Dipl.-Ing. Markus LITZLBAUER

Duration/ Funding

From 09/2014 bis 12/2015

This project was funded by the "Klima- und Energiefonds" and was conducted within the research programme "Stadt der Zukunft, 1. Ausschreibung".