The Smart City Rheintal project is working on new concepts for intelligent cities and living spaces. The main focus here is on reducing emissions.

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Project Results

Four zero emission quarter based on technological and social innovation will be established. They will be interconnected via smart grids and integrated mobility (mobility on demand). The project consortium consists on utilities, real estate companies, IT experts and research institution. Within the project, the illwerke vkw Professorship for Energy Efficiency focuses on improving integration of reneables such as wind and solar power into the power grid using intelligent demand side management.


FFG Austrian Research Promotion Agency


  • illwerke vkw
  • Bosch Software Innovations GmbH
  • i+R Schertler Alge GmbH
  • Österreichische Forschungs- und Prüfzentrum Arsenal GmbH (AIT Energy Department)
  • Prisma Zentrum für Standort- und Regionalentwicklung GmbH
  • Rhomberg Bau GmbH
  • Stadt Feldkirch


P. Kepplinger, Autonomous Demand Side Management of Domestic Hot Water Heaters, Dissertation December 2018, University of Innsbruck, Supervisor: Professor Wolfgang Streicher

P. Kepplinger, G. Huber, J. Petrasch, Field testing of demand side management via autonomous optimal control of a domestic hot water heater, Energy and Buildings, volume 127, pp. 730 -735, 2016, 10.1016/j.enbuild.2016.06.021,

P. Kepplinger, G. Huber, J. Petrasch, Autonomous optimal control for demand side management using linear optimization, Energy and Buildings, 100, pp. 50-55, 2014, DOI:10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.12.016,

Contact persons Research Centre Energy

Prof. (FH) Dr.-Ing. Markus Preißinger
illwerke vkw Endowed Professorship for Energy Efficiency, Head of the Research, Head of the Research Center Energy

+43 5572 792 3801

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DI Helena Gössler

+43 5572 792 3800

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Further research projects by the research centre Energy