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About the conference

Time: 06.05.2021 – 07.05.2021
Place: Online

NEFI – New Energy for Industry, the innovation network for the decarbonisation of industry invites you to its first national scientific conference.

The two-day event puts its focus on the NEFI innovation fields for the decarbonisation of the industrial energy system. Day 1 of the conference will highlight the technological fields of innovation, Day 2 – the systemic fields of innovation.

Target groups

The NEFI conference addresses interested participants from the areas industry, energy and research and is intended to promote professional and personal exchange along the innovation fields.


The conference will be conducted via hopin, a platform for online conferencing. No installation is required, participation is done through the web browser. Participation in the conference is free of charge.

Link to registration:

The NEFI team is looking forward to your participation in the NEFI conference New Energy for Industry 2021!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the conference team at

Registration & Agenda


The conference will be conducted via hopin, a platform for online conferencing. No installation is required, participation is done through the web browser.

Participation in the conference is free of charge. The NEFI team looks forward to your participation in the NEFI New Energy for Industry 2021 Conference!

Link to registration:

Conference agenda

The agenda will be updated continuously.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the conference team at

Call for Abstracts

The call is closed. Thank you for the numerous submissions!

NEFI – New Energy for Industry is part of the „Energy Model Region – Vorzeigeregion Energie“ and pursues the approach of decarbonizing the industrial energy system with the help of key technologies „Made in Austria“. The NEFI Cluster Steering Committee, the decision-making body of the Innovation Network, invites you to submit your abstract for a presentation at the occasion of its first multi-day conference.

The conference language is German, abstracts can be submitted both in German or English and should be assigned to one of the following six thematic fields for transforming the energy system towards climate neutrality:

Technological Innovation Fields

(1)     Energy efficiency & new processes

(2)     Renewable Energies, Storage & DSM

(3)     Industry & Networks

Systemic Innovation Fields

(4) Regulatory Framework

(5) System solutions & Infrastructure

(6) New Business Models

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 01.03. 2021

The abstracts must be submitted timely, abstracts received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Selection of abstracts

Abstracts will be reviewed by the NEFI Cluster Steering Committee. You will be notified by email on the acceptance or rejection of your submission as soon as possible, but no later than 31.03. 2021.


Please use the provided abstract template for your submission.

The abstract should include the following information:

  • Problem description and State of the Art
  • Objectives including approach for solution and methodology
  • Outcome and conclusion

Accepted abstracts will be published in the official conference publications digital format only) and the Speakers are invited to hold a 15 minutes short presentation.

Innovation Fields

NEFI-New Energy for Industry Key Innovation Fields

In the framework of NEFI key technologies for decarbonizing the industrial energy system are addressed in three technological and three systemic innovation-fields. This categorization reflects the importance of a well-balanced industrial innovation environment and is not to be considered as a strict distinction between technological and systemic development.

Technological innovation fields

(1)     Energy Efficiency & New Processes

The key focus of this innovation field is achieving low carbon industrial processes, to be achieved by reducing CO2 emissions through more efficient energy use and through the introduction of novel technologies and processes. Disruptive process technologies or alternative process routes are covered. Examples: Utilization of industrial waste heat; introduction of new heat exchanger concepts, development of innovative burners.

(2) Renewable Energy & Storage & Demand Side Management

The extension of renewable energy sources for the industrial energy mix means new challenges for the energy infrastructure due to volatile generation. This field of innovation examines energy storage systems, innovative conversion technologies and demand-side management (DSM) tools from this perspective.

(3)     Industry and Grid

This field of innovation is dedicated to the development of system-solutions using industrial waste-energy streams (in form of power, industrial gases, process-heat, etc.) to cover energy demands in the surrounding environment of the NEFI flagship region. Such industry to grid energy networks do not reduce the industrial production’s end-energy demand but they do reduce the primary energy demand of the overall energy system.

Systematic innovation fields

(4) Legislation, Innovation & Research Policy

To achieve a successful industry transformation towards decarbonization, NEFI innovation processes and innovation ecosystems need to be aligned with appropriate political, institutional and legislative framework conditions. The innovation lab NEFI_Lab supports this process with specific know-how and runs an innovation platform where different legislative and other research policy aspects can be discussed. NEFI_Lab enables the knowledge transfer and exchange between different industrial sectors, end-users, politicians, regulatory authorities and the public. Additionally, Living Labs as new RTI (research, technology and innovation) policy instrument have been introduced as integral part of this innovation field.

(5) Systematic Solutions & Infrastructure

Establishing the necessary systematic solutions and infrastructure for the regional and transregional exchange of energy streams between industrial users, grid operators and (renewable) energy producers is the key element of this innovation field.

(6) New Business Models

NEFI supports projects, spin-off companies and start-ups in their attempt to find and test novel business models and solutions.


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