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STRIDE – Improved energy planning through the Integration of Smart Grid concepts in the Danube Region

About the project

The Project

Over the past years, smart grids have been placed very high at the European Union’s agenda. At the beginning, this field was specific in its introduction, since it required concrete and realistic system solutions. Today, with the extensive development of technologies, these initial barriers are overcome. Experts in this field are unanimous that smart grids represent the entire future development of the electric power system. Smart grid concepts cover all areas, from the planning, operation, maintenance of the grid on one side and on the other side from production, transmission, distribution and end-use. In other words, smart grids are presenting the normal network development. There are no more specifics and new innovative technologies are starting to be used across all segments of the network. Even though the technology is ready, the Danube region is still in the early stages of the actual deployment of smart distribution systems. In this process, regions and local communities across the Danube area lack knowledge and capacities for the integration of smart grid concepts into regional and local policies, which is essential in the further development of Smart Villages, Smart Cities or Smart Regions.

The STRIDE project aims to provide through knowledge transfer and development of planning tools, a comprehensive support for regional/local policy makers for the improvement of energy planning. Within the project carried out regional analyses, developed strategies, action plans and other tools (methodologies, guidebook, platform) will enable and accelerate the integration of smart grid concepts into regional and local policies. Furthermore, the Methodology for regional analysis, the Guidebook and the Platform will be designed in a way that allows the use and application throughout the entire Danube region and therefore the outcomes of the project will represent a high replication value.


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Budget in Euro
Overall: 1061969.77
ERDF Contribution: 834497.49
IPA Contribution: 68176.8
ENI Contribution: 0

Call number
Call 3

Better connected and energy responsible Danube region

Specific objective
Improve energy security and energy efficiency

Project partners

Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje

Lead partner
Roman Kekec

The mission of the Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje is to ensure sustainable energy development of the Lower Podravje region by disseminating knowledge and experience with demonstration projects, education, promotion in order to promote investment in renewable sources and efficient energy use.

LEA Spodnje Podravje offers municipalities professional assistance in planning and implementing a sustainable energy policy on the one hand, and advice and assistance in the design, construction and reconstruction of public buildings, including public lighting on the other. LEA Spodnje Podravje pays special attention to the introduction of renewable energy sources at local levels (solar, geothermal and wind energy, biomass and biogas). The ultimate goal of the efforts is that Spodnje Podravje or. Eastern Styria is becoming a SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DEVELOPED REGION, which will make the most of its own natural and renewable energy sources, implement sustainable (low energy and passive) construction, develop sustainable transport and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to an environmentally acceptable level.

European Institute for innovation – Technology

ERDF partner
Chris Ashe

The European Institute for Innovation – Technology (EIfI-Tech) is a pan European organisation located in Schwäbisch-Gmünd, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The EIfI-Tech acts as a stimulator for economic activity through its regional, national and transnational work. As the name suggests, EIfI-Tech is principally concerned with technological developments. EIfI-Tech is dynamic across the spectrum of energy sectors and is particularly concerned with activities in applied research.  

EGÚ Brno

ERDF partner
Karolína Vítková
Czech Republic

EGÚ Brno is one of the leading independent consulting and research companies in the EU energy sector that originates from the Czech Republic. We are experienced, flexible, innovative and we have been assisting clients in the field of energy since 1951.

Our expertise lies in electricity, gas, heating, and transport. In these areas, we provide expert services of technical and economic analysis, reflecting a wider legal, environmental, and socio-economic scope. We use our own model systems to simulate technical and economic processes in the power system, gas system, and electrical networks. Thanks to our long history dating back to 1951, we have an extensive and unique collection of data on the Czech and European electricity, gas, and heating sector.

University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing

ERDF partner
Nenad Debrecin

As Croatia’s leading academic and research institution in the field of electrical engineering, computing, and information and communication technology, FER wants to be integrated and competitive in European higher education and research area; it wants to create new forms of knowledge transfer to the economy and to prompt economic and social activities of Croatia.

In fulfilling the mission of FER, we rely on our core values that we continue to develop: we are the leading national and regional higher education and research institution with outstanding staff and students, closely connected with the economy, remarkably organised and internationally recognised.

Bulgarian Energy and Mining Forum

ERDF partner
Tsvetomira Komitova

Bulgarian Energy and Mining Forum is a non-governmental organization members of legal and physical persons with experience and attitude to the problems of the development of the energy sector both nationally and internationally. The Association is a forum for the broad public basis with the participation of producers and consumers of electricity, the academic and scientific community, environmental and other non-governmental organizations, experts and professionals from various government departments and institutions, private and public companies from the industry, associations of capital, industry and trade union organisations, representatives of the media and creative unions.

ConPlusUltra GmbH

ERDF partner
Andreas Karner

Expert advice and process consultancy tailored to the needs of innovative companies, commerce and industry. Strategic concepts and programme management by order of public and international clients. Clearly focused, widely experienced, with implementation in mind. Your reliable consultancy partners.

Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research

ERDF partner
Kinga Lorencz

Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research aims to contribute to the competitiveness and efficiency of Hungarian companies by providing services in innovation and technology transfer in cooperation with Hungarian and foreign partner institutions. We offer our customers – currently more than 200 companies – complex scientific and technological solutions in several areas of expertise, devised in a way to enhance their competitiveness.

We cooperate with institutions of the public sector, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and universities, and their respective research institutes. For these partners, we also act as innovation intermediaries through our applied R&D and technology transfer activities. As a think tank with a strong team of researchers and experts, we are able to meet the research and development needs of the industry from an idea’s conception to its realization at a high level of expertise. We actively participate in building international consortia, networking, and EU tenders in the field of R&D and innovation. Moreover, we offer business development services as a technology incubator.

Our mission is to act as a catalyst in national and international projects involving exceptional levels of technology, and creating high added value that is significant for the national economy and the well-being of society.

Centre for Energy, Environment and Resources

IPA partner
Esma Manić
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Center for Energy, Environment and Resources (CENER 21) is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization established in 2006 with the mission to contribute to sustainable development in South East Europe. CENER 21 works directly with key stakeholders, including international organizations, the government, industry and local authorities deploying technical expertise in the areas of: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production; Nature Conservation and Biodiversity; Energy Efficiency

Czech Biogas Association

Associated partner
Jan Matejka
Czech Republic

Czech Biogas Association was founded in January 2007 as national technology platform in the field of biogas production and utilization. CzBA currently associates more than 40 biogas industry members and leading R&D institutions as well as engineers, biogas plant operators, project specialists and other experts not only from the Czech Republic.

Since its origin CzBA has been iniating number of research projects in the field of biogas / biomethane and its role is in intermediation of dialogue between research, bussiness and public sector. We are participating on number of expert groups working on new legal adjustments and regulations.

Scientific Research Centre Bistra Ptuj

Associated partner
Danilo Čeh

SRC Bistra Ptuj wants to remain an important scientific research and development institution involved in empowering development with knowledge and excellence, in the public and private sectors.In order to successfully link science and economy, SRC Bistra Ptuj acts as a mediator for a better development of the region, based on knowledge, innovations and expertise, thus opening possibilities to create a region of innovations.

SRC Bistra Ptuj is the leading development institution and acts as a mediator between the public and the private sector. As such, Bistra will continue with the promotion of economic and social development of the region and with the creation of conditions for spreading and managing knowledge at local and regional level. Our aim is to improve development dynamics within the region.

SRC Bistra Ptuj is engaged in strengthening staff potentials and competencies of four task groups. Our activities are directed towards long-term goals of the institution.

Sustainable Energy Development Agency

Associated partner
E. Ivanova

Sustainable Energy Development Agency (SEDA) is a legal successor of the executive Energy Efficiency Agency (EEA).

Sustainable Energy Development Agency (SEDA) is a legal entity at state budget support with headquarters in Sofia and has the status of an executive agency within the Ministry of Energy.

Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development

Associated partner
Vjekoslav Jukić

The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development determines strategic directions, develops programs and plans for sustainable development of society on the principle of green and circular economy in order to transform into a just and prosperous society with resource efficient and competitive economy, ensuring climate neutrality, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

The scope of the Ministry includes activities related to the development and improvement of the competitiveness of the Croatian economy, instruments and measures of economic policy; development of micro, small and medium enterprises; industrial policy and policy of application of innovations and new technologies; industry improvement guarantee fund management; activities related to the application and use of intellectual and industrial property rights and the encouragement of creativity in industry and trade in order to develop the competitiveness of the Croatian economy; mining; a strategy to facilitate and encourage investment and exports.

Regional Economic Community “REZ” d.o.o. Zenica

Associated partner
Marela Zdenac
Bosnia and Herzegovina

REZ Agency manages and coordinates the process of regional strategic planning and revision of the regional development strategy, participates in its implementation and coordinates activities in support of harmonized regional development.

REZ Agency provides technical assistance to municipalities in the process of creating local development strategies and participates in activities of partner groups in the process of strategic planning of cantons and entities to horizontally and vertically integrate regional priorities in the development process.

BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies

Associated partner
Michael Stadler

BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies GmbH is a K1 Competence Centre in the Austrian COMET programme and closes the gap between academic research and industrial technology development by undertaking industry-driven applied research and development in the fields of bioenergy, the sustainable bio-based economy, and future-proof energy systems.

BEST is working on the scientific and technological basis for processes which use biomass and waste to produce heat, electricity, gaseous and liquid energy carriers and sources, and basic materials for the chemical industry. The company also carries out research on the joint use of bioenergy and other renewable energy supply technologies as a means of providing efficient, sustainable and economic solutions for the energy system of the future.

Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority

Associated partner

The Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (HEA) is the regulatory body of the energy and public utility market, supervising the national economy’s sectors of strategic importance.

HEA, as an independent regulatory authority entrusted with provision making powers was established under Act XXII of 2013 as the successor of the Hungarian Energy Office (HEO) that was set up under Act XLI of 1994 on Gas Supply.

Public Utility Dorfen Ltd

Associated partner
Sebastian Heiss

Stadtwerke Dorfen GmbH was founded in 1987 as the successor to the Dorfen electricity company. Since the departure of the last private shareholders, the city of Dorfen has held 100% of the GmbH shares. At the same time, the municipal utilities took over the water supply, which was carried out by the city of Dorfen until 1987. The municipal utilities now operate a natural gas and local heating network in Dorfen.

The power supply area of Stadtwerke Dorfen has been expanded in the past few decades through takeovers and includes most of the Dorfen community area (excluding Grüntegernbach, Wasentegernbach, Schwindkirchen and Schiltern). The municipal utilities also supply parts of the communities of Taufkirchen, Velden / Vils and Lengdorf.