On the 16th of September, STRIDE project held Mid-term Conference to exchange technical and legislative knowledge on smart grids, as well as to officially launch the STRIDE Smart Energy Platform. Hosted by ConPlusUltra in Vienna, the conference was open to all interested parties involved in the energy sector or have influence in energy policy.

The event represented an excellent opportunity for invited target groups and associated strategic partners of the STRIDE project to join an interregional workshop encouraging knowledge transfer of smart grid concepts. Moderated by the European Institute for Innovation – Technology (EIfI-Tech), participants of the workshop were provided with a comprehensive introduction to the training material currently being developed, which will be made available to members of the STRIDE Smart Energy Platform.

Topics of the introductory STRIDE trainings ranged from smart grid motivations to smart grid strategies and energy policies at the local, regional, national and EU-levels. The open-source training material will continue to be developed and disseminated through the digital STRIDE platform. Stakeholders also heard engaging presentations and examples of good practices from: SINCRO.grid collaboration project, Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies (BEST), GAP Elektroistra and Vienna’s Viertel Zwei project.

STRIDE Mid-term conference concluded with the presentation of the STRIDE Smart Energy Platform, now live, as well as the premiere of the STRIDE project animated video. In addition to providing registered members with tools and resources for the improvement of energy planning, the STRIDE platform creates a network of experts, policymakers, and other relevant actors to boost the development of smart grids throughout the Danube Region. Registration to the platform is free.


More about the STRIDE project

STRIDE project – Improved energy planning through the Integration of Smart Grid concepts in the Danube Region is implemented within the Interreg Danube Programme. Through knowledge transfer and the development of planning tools, the STRIDE project aims to provide a comprehensive support for regional/local policy makers for the improvement of energy planning.



The STRIDE partnership is led by the Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (LEASP). The partnership is well-balanced with competent partners (ERDF/IPA + ASPs), including energy agencies, a university, R&D organisations, energy clusters and policy makers. The partnership expands across various regions, ranging in various levels of economic development.

  1. Local Energy Agency Spodnje Podravje (Slovenia)

2. European Institute for Innovation-Technology (Germany)

3. ConPlusUltra (Austria)


4. Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research (Hungary)

5. University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (Croatia)

6. Bulgarian Energy and Mining Forum (Bulgaria)

7. EGÚ Brno, a.s. (Czech Republic)

8. Centre for Energy, Environment and Resources (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Associated partners:

  1. Czech Biogas Association (Czech Republic)
  2. Scientific Research Centre Bistra Ptuj (Slovenia)
  3. Sustainable Energy Development Agency (Bulgaria)
  4. Public utility Dorfen Ltd (Germany)
  5. Ministry of Environment, Protection and Energy (Croatia)
  6. Regional Economic Community “REZ” d.o.o. Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  7. BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies (Austria)
  8. Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (Hungary)


Project Details

Total Budget: € 1,061,969.80

Programme Funding Quote (ERDF): 85%

Programme: Interreg Danube Transnational Programme


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