The most important international networks in Swiss energy research are the programmes of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the European Union.
The Networks research programme places a great deal of value on creating and maintaining an active network of international contacts. It is able to obtain major impulses through international exchanges with research institutions, EU commissions, the industry and universities, and can thus play a more active role in shaping developments at the European level.
The Networks research programme is actively involved in the following organisations:
The Networks programme is actively involved in the IEA Implementing Agreement, "International SmartGrids Action Network" (ISGAN). ISGAN was established in 2011and merged with the previous "ENARD" Implementing Agreement in 2012. It has set itself the goal of functioning as an expert organisation in the area of smart grids to support the International Energy Agency (IEA). This function encompasses the collection and processing of data in the member states, the definition of priorities in the area of grid research and development, policy consulting and the introduction of activities associated with the development of strategies for sustainable intelligent energy networks.
SmartGrids ERA-Nets are co-operation networks that set out to co-ordinate national and regional research activities throughout Europe. These activities include co-ordinating research objectives in Europe, exchanging know-how relating to the management of national programme activities, and launching calls for tenders for joint research projects. An SmartGrids ERA-Net call for tenders has already been published in the area of co-operation/energy. The SFOE Networks research programme actively contributed towards the creation of the SmartGrids ERA-Net within the scope of the 7th research programme of the EU.
Switzerland's activities within SmartGrids ERA-Net are co-ordinated by:
Dr. Rainer Bacher
Phone: +41 56 493 59 30
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Germany, Austria and Switzerland have decided to work together in the future on promotion, research and development in the area of ICT-based energy systems. The cooperation encompasses the development and testing of introduction strategies for smart grids. This opens up new opportunities for national smart grids pioneers to intensify and expand their research beyond national borders. A corresponding memorandum of understanding was signed in 2009.