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How to ensure the survival of results after the end of a project

Making project results visible and further usable, especially after the end of a project, is difficult.

During a research project, the whole consortium works to get to the bottom of the original question, develops technical equipment and contributes to the solution of a problem. Technical devices can be sold and marketed after the end of the project. But what happens with the knowledge gained and the many insights?

Especially after the Covid pandemic and the whole world switching to remote it became very difficult to share the knowledge gained and make it available to a wide audience. No fairs, workshops or other big networking events could take place in person anymore.

Due to this drastic experience of a worldwide pandemic and the changed way of working, new ways had to be found in order to continue to exchange ideas on a professional level. The idea of a virtual exchange format was born, which among other things deals with one of the most important aspects of the energy transition - flexibility in the energy system.

Together with two other EU research projects, Platone and Fever, the FlexCommunity was founded. The big goal of this community is to be the knowledge platform when it comes to flexibility in the energy system. More than 200 registered members, several events, two big conferences and four different working groups are the results of the first year of the FlexCommunity. Since the founding projects only have a certain funding period, this project, which is not bound to any term, has created something that will continue to exist independently in the future. In addition to that, a platform was created, that is accessible to everyone interested in flexibility in the energy system, currently still with a focus on people form academia, industry and also form other research projects. With this platform, we ensure, that the knowledge gained in edgeFLEX and other projects is not disappearing, but is made accessible to the public.

Sarah Huber und Rita Dornmair