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Inventors of the Year 2017

Open Innovation

Open innovation, i.e. research across organizational boundaries, works best if the people involved know each other well. And that is the case with Andreas Lugmaier from Corporate Technology (CT) in Vienna and Friederich Kupzog from the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). They test the technologies they invent for smart grids in Vienna’s new district Seestadt Aspern.

The cities of the future need smart grids

The cities of the future need smart grids

“The future of the energy industry is shaped in strongly growing cities. When power is generated locally, for example in buildings or with electric cars, smart grids are necessary to guarantee supply security. To be able to find and implement these solutions, you need experts like the employees at Siemens CT, who have excellent domain and communication technology know-how”, explains Robert Grüneis, Managing Director of Aspern Smart City Research GmbH (in the middle).

 A „living“ energy research laboratory in Vienna

A „living“ energy research laboratory in Vienna

The experiment of a drawing-board city that will one day provide living space and jobs for 20,000 people seems to be working. However, Seestadt Aspern is not just a new residential area: The largest urban development area in Europe is also a “living” energy research laboratory for the future of smart cities. A consortium consisting of Siemens, Wiener Netze, Wien Energie, Wirtschaftsagentur Wien and wien 3420 AG has set itself the goal of implementing research findings here and demonstrating how cities of the future can be run in a climate-friendly and cost-efficient manner.

The „last mile“  is still a blind spot

The „last mile“ is still a blind spot

One example of IoT applications is the two inventors’ new software, which analyzes grid data and thus recognizes which path the electricity takes in the low-voltage grid – that is, on the “last mile” to the energy customer.

When we talked about an Internet of Things for the power grid ten years ago, everyone thought that was absurd.” - “Today, that is exactly what we develop new solutions and applications for.

Friederich Kupzog, Andreas Lugmaier, Winner Open Innovation
Inventors Friederich Kupzog, Andreas Lugmaier