2nd NEFI-Conference

The two-day conference event focuses on the NEFI innovation fields for the decarbonisation of the industrial energy system.

Day 1 – 13.10. 2022

09.00 – 10.00 Check-in and Get-together


10.00 – 10.50 Opening

DI Dr. Wolfgang Hribernik, Head of NEFI Cluster Steering Committee, Head of Center for Energy, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT)

Cornelia Ertl, Moderator

Interviewsession: The path to climate neutral industry

  • Markus Achleitner, Economic and Energy Provincial Council, Upper Austria
  • Henriette Spyra, MA, Head of Section III "Innovation and Technology", Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK)
  • Mag.a. Elvira Lutter, Program Manager at the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund, Director of the Net-Zero Industries Mission by Mission Innovation
  • MMag.a Barbara Eibinger-Miedl, Provincial Councilor for Economy, Tourism, Regions, Science and Research, Province of Styria
  • Mag.a Ursula Lackner, Provincial Councilor for Environment, Climate Protection, Energy, Regional Development and Spatial Planning, Styria


10.50 – 12.00 Keynotes

Strategy options for the climate protection in the industry: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Fischedick, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

Keynote 2: Rana Ghoneim, BSc, MSc, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)  

Industry and The Green Deal: Dr. Dominique Planchon, MA, Program Officer Research, Infrastructures and industrialisation of construction at European Commission, DG Research & Innovation/ Unit D2 - Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnologies



12.00-13.00 Lunch break


13.00 - 13.30 Impulse lecture „Scenarios for the decarbonization of the Austrian energy system“

DI Peter Nagovnak, BA, scientific project member, Chair of Energy Composite Technology of the University of Leoben
Christian Schützenhofer, Senior Expert Advisor, Center for Energy, AIT


13.30 – 13.45 Break and change to the parallel sessions


13.45 - 17.00 Parallelsessions


17.00 - 17.15 Summary and conclusion of the first conference day

Mag. Christiane Egger, OÖ Energy Saving Association


18:30 - 21.00 Conference dinner and Young Scientist Award ceremony

Ars Electronica Linz GmbH & Co KG / Skyloft, Ars-Electronica-Straße 1, 4040 Linz

Day 2 – 14.10. 2022

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome and opening

Thomas Kienberger, Head of Chair of Energy Network Technology, Montanuniversität Leoben

DI Theresia Vogel, Managing Director of the Climate and Energy Fund

09:10 - 12:30 2 parallel events

09:10 - 12:30 NEFI Technology Talk: Decarbonisation of heating and cooling supply with geothermal energy and industrial waste heat

The global innovation landscape provides an excellent basis for the development of novel solutions to achieve the targeted climate goals. With numerous research projects on the deployment of new sustainable technologies in full swing, we now want to take the next step: NEFI Technology Talks will bring together national and international efforts in the context of selected, industrial decarbonization topics, synthesize findings and results, and form synergies to leverage further developments and drive them forward.

In the NEFI Talk "Decarbonisation of heating and cooling supply with geothermal energy and industrial waste heat" on 14.10.2022 in Linz, possibilities are to be shown how heating and cooling networks can be decarbonised with the help of geothermal energy and industrial waste heat. In keynote speeches, not only the corresponding technologies will be presented, but also possible business models and holistic concepts based on successful examples.

Language: German

Group of participants

-        Industry

-        Municipalities


Moderation: Thomas Kienberger, Head of Chair of Energy Network Technology, Montanuniversität Leoben

Keynote 'Geothermal energy as a central building block of the heat transition', Edith Haslinger, AIT


  • Examples of heat cascades with geothermal energy
  • Business models, grids and subsidies
  • Integration of industrial waste heat

Questions and panel discussion

11:00 Break


  • Geothermal energy: exploration, drilling, business models, investors
  • Geological storage
  • High-temperature heat pumps

Questions and panel discussion


09:10 - 12:30 IEA IETS Task 19 Electrification of Industry Workshop

The industrial sector aims to make use of green electricity as a source for energy and feedstock production towards reducing climate impacts. Electrifying industry implies important changes to processes and also influences the entire energy supply chain. One topic is the demands of the industry for a reliable and sufficient supply of renewable electricity. This means high demands on (new) generation, infrastructure and storage. The energy system must provide the flexibility that industry cannot provide itself or does not want to provide for reasons of cost efficiency. The workshop aims to derive a set of common points giving an overview of the system effects of electrified and partially flexible industry, based on the insights of the different participating groups of IEA IETS Task 19. The workshop will consist of moderated discussions on the topic of requirements, in which the participants will have the opportunity to exchange their views on flexibility in industrial electrification and also to interact with other participating members of the task.

Language: English

Moderation: Simon Moser, Energy Institute at JKU Linz

Background, status and outlook of the IETS Task 19 Electrification of Industry

Presentations by invited speakers from research and industry

Question and answer session and panel discussion

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch and conclusion