NEW ENERGY FOR INDUSTRY 2021 – Konferenz des Innovationsverbundes

Visual NEFI Conference

Wann: 06.05.2021 – 07.05.2021
Wo: Online

NEFI – New Energy for Industry, der Innovationsverbund für die Dekarbonisierung der Industrie, lädt zu seiner ersten nationalen wissenschaftlichen Konferenz ein.

Industrial networking and energy storage as topics at the second NEFI Industrial Board

On 26 March, the second virtual meeting of the NEFI Industrial Board (IB) took place. The event focused on the topics of industrial networking and energy storage, and initial assessments of implementation were made. In the discussion between the representatives of the Industrial Board and the NEFI Cluster Steering Committee, the focal points in the Austrian industrial companies were identified and the associated challenges, potentials and future developments were discussed.



NEFI number of the month: 3. In the framework of the NEFI_Lab a concept for a physical laboratory infrastructure was implemented which is designed to develop technologies and promote cross-sector cooperation and is at the disposal of the consortium members of the NEFI Innovation Network. The overall aim is to drive the NEFI innovation process by using the physical NEFI laboratory infrastructure to scientifically support sub-projects, enable knowledge transfer within the flagship region, and engage existing and new stakeholders. The comprehensive concept builds on THREE interconnected physical laboratory infrastructures.

Beitragsbild NEFI Number 3

NEFI Power Women for the Decarbonisation of Industry


Despite numerous efforts to promote and address the issue, the proportion of women in technical professions remains low. On the International Women’s Day, the NEFI Innovation Network will bring successful female technicians to the stage. They are NEFI project managers or are pushing the decarbonisation of industry with their know-how and expertise.

In the week of the International Women’s Day we will present six role models from the NEFI Innovation Network to showcase the natural approach of these women to a technical career.

NEFI Power-Frauen

NEFI as impulse generator for decarbonisation

The further development of the Austrian energy system towards a modern, resource-efficient and decarbonised energy supply holds several hurdles. The co-operation between economy, science and politics is the key for success. NEFI Industry Dialogue Sessions are offering a platform for the dialogue between representatives of the Austrian industry and scientific experts to cope together with the important questions of decarbonising the industry.

EDCSproof user study – participants wanted!

The AIT Center for Technology Experience is looking for participants for a user study within the project EDCSproof (Energy Demand Control System – PROcess Optimization For industrial low temperature system). This will be conducted online via web conferencing system and will take approximately 90 minutes.

Interested parties should work in the field of industrial production (e.g. site management, energy officers, production management, innovation management).


NEFI – New Energy for Industry: Innovation network for zero-emission industry grows by four more projects

The innovation association NEFI – New Energy for Industry received the approval for the funding of four new projects by the Climate and Energy Fund within the framework of the showcase energy region with a total project volume of 6.7 million euros.

Review NEFI-Industrial Board

On November 13, 2020, the inaugural meeting of the NEFI-Industrial Board (IB) with representatives of the Austrian industry and energy sector took place online. The IB serves the mutual exchange of expertise in order to promote the decarbonization and transformation of the industrial energy system.

Abstraktes Gruppenbild von Menschen

CE4T at the 3rd Mobility Forum IONICA

On October 20 and 21, 2020, the “3rd Mobility Forum IONICA – New Ways in Tourism” took place in Zell am See with 600 online participants* and 140 live participants*. The NEFI project Clean Energy for Tourism (#CE4T), funded by the Climate and Energy Fund, was strongly represented.

Menschen sitzen um Konferenztisch

Funding and financing instruments as important elements in the NEFI innovation proces

The purpose of the NEFI showcase region is to strengthen the innovation potential in the field of decarbonization of industry. Since financing and funding instruments represent a central element for the implementation of innovation projects, a so-called “Open Cycle” was established on this topic.

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NEFI number of the month: 800 giga tons – this much CO2 may still be emitted in order not to miss the targets agreed at the Paris Climate Conference of a maximum global warming of 2°C. At current CO2 emissions levels of around 50 gigatons per year, this budget will be used up in just 16 years.


Tourism flagship region – key elements of a sustainable tourism region


A sustainable tourism region is created from individual pieces and elements of the puzzle of innovative ideas that fit together to form a large whole thanks to the commitment of interested stakeholders. Supported by the Climate and Energy Fund the project Clean Energy for Tourism (#CE4T) is contributing to complete the picture and aims to work with Pinzgau cable car companies to promote decarbonisation and efficiency improvements in the winter tourism industry.

NEFI-expert Tanja Tötzer of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology will speak on this topic at the 3rd Mobility Forum IONICA in Zell am See on October 21, 2020.

„Climate Protection Made in Austria “: Investing in the energy future


On 29 September, the Climate and Energy Fund organised the annual event of the FTI initiative under the motto “Innovations for Climate Protection”. The three showcase regions Green Energy Lab (GEL), New Energy for Industry (NEFI) and the Hydrogen initiative showcase region Austria Power & Gas (WIVA P&G) resented the progress made in various individual projects.

Konferenz Personen schauen auf Leinwand
(c) Klima- und Energiefonds/APA-Fotoservice/Philipp Greindl

Investment premium: 14 % additional support for the energy transition in companies

The new investment premium promotes investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy and e-mobility as well as other greening measures with a premium of 14 %. The measure is available for all companies with Austrian sites, regardless of their size or sector. The funding is for investments from 5.000 Euros to a maximum of 50 million Euros, excluded are e.g. climate-damaging investments (such as in oil and gas or fossil-fuelled vehicles). The premium can be applied for until February 28, 2021 for investments that have been made since August 1, 2020. The Austria Wirtschaftsservice GesmbH (aws), the promotional bank of the Austrian federal government, is processing the application.

Clean Energy for Tourism (#CE4T) – First use of optimization algorithms

The aim of the CE4T project is to support Salzburg’s ski resorts on their way to decarbonisation by, among other things, identifying flexible loads in ski resorts and deploying them optimally according to network load, electricity market and CO2 emissions.

See mit Bergpanaroma

NEFI Industry Dialogue Sessions – Direct Interviews to design the szenario development of NEFI

In the past quarter, rounds of interviews were held with representatives from various industrial sectors on the overall picture of the industrial energy system in Austria. The results of the individual interviews show first approaches for the decarbonisation of industry “Made in Austria”. 

Waste water treatment plant as energy hub and resource supplier

The online seminar series will be continued due to the vivid interest on September 9, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. More information on registration and topics is to follow soon. 

Abwasseranlage von oben

NEFI Lab:InToPublic

University of Leoben is currently building up the NEFI Lab:InToPublic , which is based on the “Hardware in the Loop – HiL” approach. This makes it possible to combine novel energy supply and consumption technologies and flexible components as hardware depending on the task at hand. In the field of industrial energy system technology, this approach represents an innovative way to research into complex (hybrid) energy systems.

Labor NEFI Lab

Process design  to reduce CO2 emissions in steel production


The NEFI-project „OxySteel“, directed by Dipl.-Ing. Johannes Dock, is concerned with increasing energy efficiency in electric steel production. The process layout is used to explain how CO2 emissions can be reduced by using new technologies.

oxysteel prozessdesign

Online industry scenario workshop is currently in round three: 15 interviews in the new format so far

The measures based on COVID-19 resulted in a new and now successful model for the planned industry scenario workshop

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Research Project SANBA – Test drilling started

On January 21, the research team of the NEFI project SANBA started with a test drilling at the NÖM area. The properties of the substrate are tested regarding their suitability as heat and cold storage.

Sanba Probebohrung

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