In order to foster transnational learning and maximize impact, ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems develops is establishing and maintaining a Knowledge Community as one of its key instruments. Members of the Knowledge Community cooperate on finding approaches and solutions to cross-cutting topics of the three-layer research approach (technology, market, adoption). It is one of the central ideas underlying ERA-Net SES to approach these topics collaboratively in order to achieve a maximum impact and create a cross-project and cross-border learning effect instead of working on these questions separately in individual projects.
The ERA-Net SES Support Team manages this network consisting of the funded projects, other bodies within the ERA-Net SES initiative as well as external experts and stakeholders. Key instruments are:
- the virtual knowledge sharing platform expera
- physical and virtual meetings of thematic Working Groups
- evaluation and feedback for the Family of Projects
The Knowledge Community is being managed by the Support Team which is an integral part of the ERA-Net SES Coordination. The subcontracted Support Team consists of three partners with prominent expertise and practice in the field of accompanying research of RD&D initiatives:
- B.A.U.M. Consult from Germany – famous from leading the accompanying research and overall dissemination of the German E-Energy Initiative
- RSE from Italy – known from the Grid Plus consortium and co-developers of the www.gridinnovation-on-line.eu platform
- CLIC from Finland – leading the accompanying research and overall dissemination of the Finnish SGEM project
The Knowledge Community links its participants are closely to other initiatives such as the ETIP SNET
support project (Intensys4EU) or the Horizon 2020 Bridge
initiative to enable a swift and coordinated input of the ERA-Net SES projects to the European SET-Plan Initiatives as well as the Grid-Innovation-Online
platform. Beyond that, the Knowledge Community includes representatives of industry, policy, research and other institutions and initiatives, thereby installing a direct link between the RDD projects and the practitioners and decision-makers.