SmartGrids and Grids based Systems

BACHER ENERGIE AG is specialized in answering the complex questions around SmartGrids and Grids based systems. This includes technical, technological, economical, environmental and regulatory (legal) questions including business models for how to move from today towards 2035+.


BACHER ENERGIE AG supports Electricity grid and system stakeholders in the analysis, design and implementation of strategies for Energy Policy Making, for SmartGrids company implementation including Demonstrations, Pilot projects towards modern Energy and Electricity Systems.
  • Regulated electric grid operators
  • (Non-regulated) area grid operators
  • Electricity consumers (households, SME, industry and aggregated responsibilities for communities, cities, cantons)
  • Electricity generators (both large size generators feeding into higher voltage levels and small size feeding into the 400V and 10kV grids).
  • Power Balance Group Responsible
  • Power Traders exposed to grid congested markets (implicit/explicit auctions) with varying electricity prices
  • Governments (Community, City, Canton, National, European commission)
  • Grid Regulators

Recent Business Partners of BACHER ENERGIE AG

  • EC (European Commission, Brussels, Belgium)
  • BFE (Bundesamt für Energie, Bern, Switzerland)
  • VSE (Verband Schweizerischer Elektrizitätswerke, Aarau, Switzerland)
  • LEONI Studer AG (Däniken, Switzerland)
  • Brugg Kabel AG (Brugg, Switzerland)
  • Electric Grid Operators (in roles of grid operator and as electric retailers)
  • BKW
  • CKW
  • ewz
  • Mendrisio
  • Meiringen
  • etc
  • Others


  • SmartGrids projects: see
  • SmartGrids European Technology Platform SG ETP (2009-2016): SmartGrids Expert advising the SG ETP stakeholders of the Steering Committee (Chairmen: Nikos Hatziargyriou (President)):
    • Members:
      • TSO's:  represented by ENTSO-E through its Chair of the Research & Development Committee.
      • DSO: represented by EDSO, European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids
      • Regulators: represented by ACER
      • Generation: represented by Eurelectric
      • Renewables: represented by the EUREC organization
      • Users: represented by IFIEC
      • Electrotechnology equipment manufacturers: represented by T&D Europe
      • Customer Demand and Metering: this links to the SG ETP WG3 and to the "ICT for Energy Efficiency" groups are represented through their chair
      • Telecommunications: represented by European Utilities Telecom Council and the chair of European Utilities Telecom Council EUTC Chairman.
      • Metering manufacturers and systems: represented by the European Smart Metering Interest Group, ESMIG
      • Research and development within the electricity companies: represented by Head of Network R&D Programs EDF R&D.
      • Research institutes, governmental organizations, university institutes, education: represented by university professors
      • European Energy Research Alliance (EERA): represented by the leader of the Joint Programme on SmartGrids in the EERA.
  • Further projects: Non-confidential information released on bilateral basis.

Recently finished activities:

  • EU SmartGrids ERA-Net (2008-2014): Consulting and research advice to national governments and the European Commission (7th Framework program; co-representation of Switzerland together with Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)) to stimulate the right interdisciplinary European innovation, research, development and deployment activities (pilots) in the areas of production, transport, distribution and storage of electricity/energy. Bacher is a work package leader. This European SmartGrids Research Area Network (ERA-NET) project is funded by European Commission (Partners: NL, CH, AT, DK, FR, ES, NO, GR, Macedonia, BE, CR, SI, Basque Country, Estonia, Latvia). In 2013, SmartGrids ERA-NET is working towards the implementation of a SmartGrids ERA-NET PLUS within Horizon 2020 (as of 2014/15).
  • EU GRID+ (2011-2014): The GRID+ project had the aim to implement and support the networking process of the European Electricity Grids Initiative (EEGI) over the years 2012-2014, both within and beyond the European borders. Furthermore, the GRID+ scope included not only international but also national initiatives and projects. GRID+ plays an important role in networking national projects and initiatives. 

    Thanks to this project, the EEGI will be in the position to enhance the delivery by the European network operators of the new knowledge needed to deploy Smart Grid solutions in the most effective way possible.

    Project partners:

    GRID+ Partners
  • SmartGrids Monitor (2010-2014): Collection, categorization of ongoing interdisciplinary national and European SmartGrids projects (technical, economical, environmental, social, legal), their participants, goals and project descriptions within Europe. This project intends to create a living SmartGrids information base with continuous, active contributions of European SmartGrids researchers, industrial project partners and involved funding institutions (Funded by SG ERA-Net, SFOE and self; Several hundred interdisciplinary SmartGrids projects and associated SmartGrids researchers will be involved)
  • Swiss2G (2009-2014): Pilot and demonstration SmartGrids project with application in Mendrisio (Ticino) for the optimal integration of electrical vehicles in the distribution grids with minimum central and as much as possible distributed monitoring and control (Funded by Swiss Electric Research and SFOE, Partners: Universities (SUPSI Ticino – Sustainability and Economics), Berner Fachhochschule – Grid model and computation, Battery specialists (Ticino), Hydro power generator company (KWO) and Bacher Energy Ltd as grid based system and technical / regulation expert organization)
  • SmartGen (2010-2012): SmartGrids project for the "Efficient identification of opportunities for Distributed Generation based on Smart Grid Technology":  Develop real-world applied models which illustrate both energy resources and grid information visually by combining SmartGrids technology scenarios with input from Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Network Information Systems (NIS), including electrical grid models. (Funded by Romande Energie, ERA-Net-SFOE, Self; Bacher Energy Ltd is coordinating  a team of three other Swiss institutions and leads the coordination with the European partners NO, DK and LV)
  • Improsume (2010-2012): This research project focuses on prosumers (Producer & Consumer) and their role and influence on the future energy system and market. The interdisciplinary research will include long-term scenarios where virtual power producers and micro-generation units emerge. The project will study consumer acceptance and adoption of the prosumer role. Improsume intends to extract system constraints, rules and relationships that can help design and optimize the Smart Grid, the definition of new market mechanisms, trading instruments and grid management facilities to achieve optimal use of resources, high regularity, acceptable price levels and stability of supply as well as sustainable growth for the European countries (Funded by ERA-Net SFOE, self; Bacher Energy Ltd is responsible for grid related issues in the market model and cooperates with the Swiss partner University of St. Gallen); European Partners from NO, DK)
  • IEA ENARD Annex I (2008-2011): International Energy Agency ENARD (Electricity Network Analysis R&D): Contributions to develop an authoritative, comprehensive and unbiased international source of information, data and advice, such as to inform governmental officials, policymakers and key industry stakeholders of the pertinent issues relating to current and anticipated developments in electricity transmission and distribution networks and systems (Partners: AT, BE, DK, FI, FR, IT, NL, NO, South Africa, ES, SW, CH, UK, USA)
  • IEA Active Distribution Grids ENARD Annex II (2008-2011): Analysis of grid operator and new business stakeholders strategies and means for a high security of supply, optimal operation and new business models of active distribution grids and systems (Funded by SFOE; Partners: AT, BE, DK, FI, FR, IT, NO, ES, SW, CH, UK; BACHER ENERGY LTD is a task leader; Austria is project leader)

Rainer Bacher,
04.03.2015, 03:07