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Smart Microgrids as a Service (SMaaS) funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Research Project

Measurement and sensor data acquisition, interfaces, and optimization algorithms to design a service product for local power trading

The research project SMaaS – Design of a Service Product for Local Electricity Trading – is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of a program looking at innovations for the production, services, and work of tomorrow (Innovationen für die Produktion, Dienstleistung und Arbeit von morgen) and supervised by the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA). It belongs to the thematic area devoted to Internet-based services for complex products, production processes, and plants (smart services).

Background and Initial Situation

The energy transition is becoming more digital and clearly a global business model. With the Smart Microgrid as a Service (SMaaS) project, we want to make a contribution to increasing efficiency and digitization in the supply of electricity, heating, and cooling. We will achieve this by expanding the local coordination of generation and consumption into a data-driven smart service as a business model. As the energy transition progresses, decentralized solutions for power supply will become increasingly important. To this end, information technology concepts and, above all, business models must be developed that enable energy service providers to offer corresponding (microgrid) solutions with manageable (IT) technical effort and know-how.


The goal of the project is the individually optimized operation of a local energy system. This means the development of a software solution for the installation of local markets with corresponding IT infrastructure, including the specification and realization of tools for optimal planning and control as well as maintenance of local electricity and heat markets in customer facilities. This can be very useful for urban development planning in the design of new residential, commercial, and mixed-use areas. More concretely, the service means providing a market coordination mechanism between customers, an interface for customer preference registration, various optimization solutions for electricity and heat consumption, and providing interfaces for other connected smart services. As part of this joint project, we at Berg can contribute a good foundation for the continuous collection of cross-media meter and sensor data, the software processing of even large volumes of data in the Efficio energy management system, (from plausibility checks to reporting), and the development of interfaces to various systems.

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Project in cooperation with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH

Research Project

Introduction of an energy management system to optimize energy consumption in selected energy-intensive companies in Vietnam

With the program, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has been promoting the involvement of the private sector where entrepreneurial opportunities and the need for development policy action meet for more than 20 years. In this way, the BMZ supports economic development partnerships of companies that want to operate in developing and emerging countries and provide long-term benefits for the local population.

Background and Initial Situation

Vietnam’s development over the last ten years has been characterized by strong economic growth with an average growth rate between 5% and 7%. With energy consumption growing about twice as fast, the Vietnamese government is currently facing major challenges. In addition to generation capacity, energy demand – especially from industrial enterprises, which currently accounts for about 50% of total consumption – and thus energy efficiency will play a major role. In the past, these companies were required by law to produce in a more energy-efficient manner, conduct regular energy audits, and provide annual energy reports. So far, however, the quality of these audits has been insufficient, and there is a lack of knowledge and offerings regarding new measurement technologies and energy management systems (EMS) for qualified energy optimization.


Through the introduction and implementation of an energy management system in two selected energy-intensive companies, the most important consumption data will be recorded, visualized, and analyzed in order to make savings potential transparent and derive energy-saving measures and investment decisions. This includes, in particular, know-how transfer to strengthen the technical and financial capabilities of the stakeholders. Thus, an EMS serves to support the main actors responsible for energy both at the companies and the local energy service providers who are responsible for carrying out the mandatory audits. In the course of this, the digitization of the Vietnamese energy sector is also being promoted.

As a member of the VIVAVIS Group, BERG works closely with the associated expert companies. The VIVAVIS Group offers holistic solutions that can receive, qualify, monitor, control, process, and communicate any data across divisions and functions. The project will pilot the implementation of our Efficio system at Vietnamese industrial companies. If the energy savings in the pilot program compensate for the investment in such a system, this would provide proof that corresponding solutions will also be successful on a larger scale.

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