The flexQgrid project celebrates its first anniversary - digital yet united

Hard to believe: Last year in November, our flexQgrid project was launched. On Monday, November 23, 2020, all project participants looked back digitally on a successful year.

Admittedly, 2020 is a very special year for all of us in many ways. However, the Covid 19 pandemic has not prevented us from continuing to develop solutions to permanently enable the integration of increasingly decentralized generation units into the power grid. We took the one-year anniversary of flexQgrid as an opportunity to look back on the past year as part of a so-called Sailboat Retro.

What has happened in the last few months and how can we get even better in the future? These questions were the focus of our digital journey with our virtual sailboat to the year 2020. Together we collected points that accelerate us in the project (stands symbolically for the sail of a boat) or also slow us down (i.e. the anchor). For the biggest anchor points, we developed measures in our collaboration that we want to implement for the next year to work together even better. For example, we agreed on new formats for our virtual meetings and on a running camera during them - as shown here in the photo.

In addition, we looked back in our digital retro journey at many small stage victories that we have achieved over the course of the last few months: From field test participant acquisition to many process and interface discussions, PQ measurements in Freiamt or the first panel study to discussions on the design options of the project. We have thus reached 14 of our 76 milestones. As a thank-you for this, we had a "chocolate tasting" at the digital team event, which sweetened the retrospective in the truest sense of the word.

Outlook for the second project year

The second project year in particular requires a great deal of attention from all of us. This is because our field test will begin in August 2021. This will require intensive preparations, implementations and the installation of measurement, control and communication technology as well as the developed systems such as building energy management systems and decentralized grid controllers - our agenda is therefore well filled.

Together, we are entering the second project year with full vigor, continued excellent cooperation and many new ideas - accompanied by a fresh breeze of motivation.

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