NEFI Technology Talk: Economically viable flexibilities in industry - Low Hanging Fruits?

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by Oxana Schmidt



11:00 – 15:00


Parkstraße 31, 8700 Leoben


NEFI, Montanuniversität Leoben and BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies GmbH


The participation is free. The Technology Talk will be conducted in German language.

Our Goal within the NEFI Technology Talks

The global innovation landscape offers an excellent basis for the development of innovative solutions to achieve the desired climate goals. Since numerous research projects on the use of new sustainable technologies are in full swing, we now want to take the next step: At the NEFI Technology Talks, national and international efforts in the context of selected industrial decarbonization topics are brought together, findings and results are synthesized and synergies are formed in order to use them for further developments and to drive them forward.

“Luck is when preperation meets opportunity.”


The path to a climate-neutral industry opens up great opportunities. One of these opportunities is the portfolio management of flexibilities in the context of an energy market that is becoming increasingly difficult to control and price-volatile. Flexibility options on the energy supply or demand side, such as buffers for thermal energy or material flows, storage systems or flexible deployment planning, can be instruments for balancing out volatility. We would therefore like to address the question of whether flexibility options can be used economically in industrial processes and thus also contribute to stabilizing the energy supply. In order to be prepared for the upcoming opportunities that flexibility can offer, we would first like to identify the key parameters that determine the usability of flexibility options:

  • Where and how can "cheap" energy be stored or used?
  • What measures need to be taken to make storage/buffers available?
  • Can flexible production schedules be beneficial for industry and the grid?
  • In what ways can energy flexibility pay off economically?

Join us and our experts in discussing this important topic!



11:00 Opening and Keynotes

  • Prof. Thomas Kienberger, Head of the NEFI_Lab & Chair of Energy Network Technology at Montanuniversität Leoben

Impulse lectures

  • How flexible is industrial production in general? Markus Gölles, Area Manager, BEST - Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies GmbH
  • Extreme volatility: What conclusions can be drawn from the energy crisis of 2022? Alexander Kofink, CEO cyberGRID - VPP of EVN
  • What is the value of energy flexibility? Regina Hemm, Research Engineer, NEFI Redispatch Expert, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology

12:15 Lunch break and Networking

13:00 Workshop - World Café

14:30 Summary of the results and outlook

Moderator: Kerstin Pfleger-Schopf, Chair of Energy Network Technology at Montanuniversität Leoben



The participation in the event is free of charge. Get your free ticket for this event here!

We look forward to meeting you and to a lively exchange!