MATCH – analysis of smart grid solutions

MATCH – analysis of smart grid solutions


Purpose and description:

The overall purpose of MATCH is to expand our knowledge of how to design and implement comprehensive smart grid solutions aimed at small consumer groups. These should also take into account the complex factors in the impact, efficiency and success of smart grid initiatives.

The study is interdisciplinary and based on detailed studies of current intelligent grid demonstrations in Norway, Austria and Denmark. Through comparative analysis across cases and countries, the study will identify the most important factors in technology, market and stakeholder involvement in the development of integrated solutions in practice.

In addition, the project will use energy system analyzes and scenarios to discuss the further consequences of the upscaling of the investigated solutions.

World goals:

Goal 4.7:
By 2030, all students must have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to promote sustainable development, including through education in sustainable development and sustainable living, human rights, gender equality, the promotion of a peaceful and non-violent culture, global citizenship and the recognition of cultural diversity and the contribution of culture to sustainable development.

February 2016 – August 2018

Course and conclusion:
The project has conducted detailed case studies in 3 countries (Austria, Norway and Denmark) and performed comparative analyzes. The project has examined existing pilot projects where the complexity of the technological solution is analyzed. In addition, one looks at how a possible success is dependent on factors such as market structures, customer behavior, the technical construction and the actors involved. In addition to Samsø Energy Academy, Innovation Fur and Project Zero from Sønderborg also participate in the project.
Conclusion: The MATCH project has expanded our understanding of how we can design and implement appropriate Smart Grid solutions aimed at private customers, while taking into account the many complex factors that affect the effectiveness and success of Smart Grid initiatives.

Local actors:
District heating and electricity producers and consumers on Samsø

The project is supported by the EU through ERA-NET – Smart Energy Systems

Success criteria:
In the project, Samsø has been visited by two researchers from Aalborg University. Freja Friis and Toke Haunstup Christensen, who have interviewed some of the island’s small shop owners, about their approach to energy savings and internet connected sensors that monitor consumption of electricity and heat in real time. Interviews from Samsø have been analyzed and compared with experiences from the other projects in MATCH, so that you can get a detailed overview and draw some general conclusions about how the Smart Grid solutions of the future should be designed. Denmark is a world leader when it comes to Smart Grid, which is the development of the green, flexible and intelligent electricity system of the future.
The success criterion in MATCH has been to work towards an electricity system where production, transport and consumption of electricity are intelligently connected.
After the end of the project, it is still in progress in several places on Samsø – e.g. currently at Ballen Pleasure Boats harbor.


The results from the project will in the future help designers, system planners and politicians in terms of developing better Smart Grid solutions for private households as well as small and medium-sized businesses.

There are several articles published about the significance of the project on Samsø:

Østergaard, P.A, Jantzen, J., Kristensen, M., 2019. Business and socioeconomic assessment of introducing heat pumps with heat storage in small-scale district heating systems. Renewable Energy, 139, pp.904–914. Available at:

Jantzen, J., Kristensen, M. & Christensen, T.H., 2018. Sociotechnical Transition to Smart Energy: The Case of Samso 1997-2030. Energy, 162, pp.20–34. Available at:

Film about the results of the project:

Project manager:

Partners: "Smart Grid Plus"
Donor: EU

SBI AAU, INSERO, Project Zero, NCE, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Austrian Academy of Science.

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