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From start-up to innovation driver: Upper Austrian Location Agency continues the way to the future

Founded in 1991, in the aftermath of the nationalisation crisis and in times of high unemployment, the Technology and Marketing Company (TMG) was intended as a contact point for companies to promote the establishment of businesses and new technologies. “Today, the ‘start-up’ TMG has become the Upper Austrian location agency Business Upper Austria, which, with its holdings, is the central hub in Upper Austria’s innovation network.

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Driving the energy transition in industry with innovation and international coordination

On 27 August 2021, NEFI – New Energy for Industry discussed with international guests at the Alpbacher Technology Talks how the energy transition in industry can succeed.

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30 years of energy future – the 30th anniversary of the OÖ Energiesparverband

The OÖ Energiesparverband, a consortium partner of the NEFI Innovation Network, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding this year. To mark the occasion, a festive event was held on the 29th of June as part of the international World Sustainable Energy Days conference on the theme ″30 years of energy future″. The event looked back over the last 30 years, but also ventured a look 30 years ahead.

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Industrial Energy Efficiency Conference in Wels/Austria and online

Europe is aiming for a 55% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030 as a milestone on its way to climate neutrality by 2050. It is crucial that the investment decisions made in the next few years put us on the path to being “fit for 55” by the end of this decade. With the motto “Boosting economic recovery with the energy transition”, the World Sustainable Energy Days 2021 (WSED) presented how we can make a green recovery happen in practice and how renewable energy and energy efficiency can contribute as an investment engine.

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CE4T develops optimisation tools for practice

In the last online workshop with the cable car providers within the framework of the project Clean Energy for Tourism (#CE4T), which took place on May 27, 2021, solutions developed in the project were discussed with the practice partners.

Over the past 3 years, in the research project CE4T, a Living Lab has been working closely with cable cars from the Pinzgau/Salzburg region. The aim of the project is to identify flexible loads in ski resorts and to develop optimisation algorithms and tools that will identify optimal solutions on the following three levels

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NEFI-Project SANBA: Using waste heat from industrial processes as an energy source for the Martinek barracks site

NEFI research project SANBA developed three scenarios towards an innovative, sustainable energy system for the 40-hectare large area of the Martinek-barracks.

On 22 June 2021, the results of the three-year NEFI research project SANBA were presented at the site of the former Martinek barracks in the municipality of Baden.SANBA stands for Smart Anergy Quarter Baden and developed a so-called anergy or low-temperature heating and cooling network for the Martinek barracks. With this network industrial low-temperature waste heat from the neighbouring NÖM dairy and locally available renewable heat sources such as geothermal energy can be used.

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#NEFI_NUMBER of the month: 13

NEFI_Number of the Month June is 13. I the framework of the NEFI_Lab innovation process we are following – 13 Open Cycles on the NEFI innovation fields. In our Open Cycles, we discuss topics related to our technological and systemic NEFI innovation fields with you.

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Open Cycle ‚AustroStorage‘ 

New ideas require innovative solution formats, therefore the NEFI – Innovation Network started the format of ‚Open Cycle‘(OC). The format aims to find suitable industrial use cases and demonstrate their system integration. They will be intensively discussed and refined in expert panels in cooperation with industry partners before they continue their successful run in a “project cycle” at one of our partner companies.

In this article we focus on the Open Cycle ‚AustroStorage‘.

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NEFI Interview series “Four questions to …”

This is the start of new interview series, in which we introduce you to people, who are actively involved within the NEFI community and are working to decarbonise the industry.

In an interview they talk about the benefits they can gain from working within the NEFI Innovation Network and where they expect changes in the future as a result of new technology developments.

Peter Nagovnak (Montanuniversität Leoben, Chair of Energy Network Technology) talks about his role in the NEFI Innovation Network and gives insights into his work.

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NEW ENERGY FOR INDUSTRY 2021: THE FIRST CONFERENCE OF THE INNOVATION NETWORK FOR AN EMISSION-FREE INDUSTRY

Experts discuss technological and systemic solutions for the transformation of the industrial energy system. The event highlights the importance of research and innovation as well as the necessary framework conditions on the way to a climate-neutral industry.

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Heat Highway – Heat Transmission Networks in Upper Austria and in Styria

The project Heat Highway was officially launched with a kick-off in mid-March. Under the consortium leadership of the Energieinstitut of Johannes Kepler University Linz 17 partners from industry and research are working on the transformation of the Austrian energy system.

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Industrielle Vernetzung und Energiespeicherung waren Thema beim zweiten NEFI Industrial Board

Am 26. März fand zum zweiten Mal ein virtuelles Zusammentreffen des NEFI Industrial Boards (IB) statt. Im Fokus der Veranstaltung standen die Themen industrielle Vernetzung und Energiespeicherung und es erfolgten erste Einschätzungen zur Implementierung. In der Diskussion zwischen den Vertreter*innen des Industrial Boards und des NEFI Cluster Steering Committees wurden die Schwerpunkte in den österreichischen Industriebetrieben erhoben sowie die damit verbundenen Herausforderungen, Potentiale und zukünftige Entwicklungen diskutiert.

NEW ENERGY FOR INDUSTRY 2021 – Konferenz des Innovationsverbundes

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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.

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NEFI Zahl des Monats: 3. Im Rahmen des NEFI_Lab wurde ein Konzept einer physischen Laborinfrastruktur umgesetzt, das der Entwicklung von Technologien und der Förderung sektorübergreifender Kooperationen dienen soll, sowie allen Konsortialmitgliedern des NEFI Innovationsverbundes zur Verfügung steht. Insgesamt soll dabei der NEFI Innovationsprozess vorangetrieben werden, indem die physische NEFI Laborinfrastruktur Subprojekte wissenschaftlich unterstützt, einen Wissenstransfer innerhalb der Vorzeigeregion ermöglicht, sowie bestehende und neue Stakeholder einbindet. Das umfassende Konzept baut dabei auf DREI ineinandergreifenden physischen Laborinfrastrukturen auf.

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NEFI Power-Frauen für die Dekarbonisierung der Industrie

Trotz vielfacher Förderung und Thematisierung des Themas, ist der Anteil von Frauen in technischen Berufen nach wie vor gering. Der NEFI-Innovationsverbund holt daher am internationalen Frauentag erfolgreiche Technikerinnen vor den Vorhang, die NEFI-Projekte leiten und/oder mit ihrem Know-how und Engagement die Dekarbonisierung der Industrie vorantreiben.

In der Woche des Weltfrauentages stellen wir sechs Role Models aus dem NEFI-Innovationsverbund näher vor, um den selbstverständlichen Umgang dieser Frauen mit einer technischen Berufslaufbahn aufzuzeigen.

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NEFI als Impulsgeber für die Dekarbonisierung

Die Weiterentwicklung des österreichischen Energiesystems zu einer modernen, ressourcenschonenden und dekarbonisierten Energieversorgung hält einige Hürden bereit. Der Schlüssel zum Erfolg liegt hier in der Zusammenarbeit zwischen Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Politik. Die NEFI Industry Dialogue Sessions bieten eine Plattform für den Dialog zwischen Vertreter*innen der österreichischen Industrie und wissenschaftlichen Expert*innen, um sich gemeinsam mit wichtigen Fragestellungen rund um das Thema Dekarbonisierung in der Industrie auseinanderzusetzen.

EDCSproof Nutzer*innenstudie -Teilnehmer*innen gesucht!

Das AIT Center for Technology Experience ist auf der Suche nach Teilnehmer*innen für eine Nutzer*innenstudie im Rahmen des Projekts EDCSproof (Energy Demand Control System – PROcess Optimization For industrial low temperature system). Diese wird online per Webkonferenz-System durchgeführt und beansprucht ca. 90 Minuten.

Interessent*innen sollten im Bereich der industriellen Produktion arbeiten (bspw. Standortmanagement, Energiebeauftragte, Produktionsleitung, Innovationsmanagement).

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NEFI – New Energy for Industry: Innovationsverbund für emissionsfreie Industrie wächst um vier weitere Projekte

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Der Innovationsverbund NEFI – New Energy for Industry erhielt die Zusage für die Förderung von vier neuen Projekten durch den Klima- und Energiefonds im Rahmen der Vorzeigeregion Energie mit einem Projektvolumen von insgesamt 6,7 Millionen Euro.

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Am 13. November 2020 fand die konstituierende Sitzung des NEFI-Industrial Board (IB) mit Vertreter*innen der österreichischen Industrie und Energiewirtschaft online statt. Das IB dient dem gegenseitigen fachlichen Austausch , um die Dekarbonisierung und die Transformation des industriellen Energiesystems voranzutreiben.

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CE4T beim 3rd Mobility Forum IONICA

Am 20. und 21. Oktober 2020 fand das „3rd Mobility Forum IONICA – Neue Wege im Tourismus“ in Zell am See mit 600 Online-Teilnehmer*innen und 140 Live Teilnehmer*innen statt. Das vom Klima- und Energiefonds geförderte NEFI-Projekt Clean Energy for Tourism (#CE4T) war stark vertreten.

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Förder- und Finanzierungsinstrumente als wichtige Elemente im NEFI Innovationsprozess 

Zweck der NEFI Vorzeigeregion ist es, das Innovationspotential im Bereich der Dekarbonisierung der Industrie zu stärken. Da Finanzierungs- und Förderungsinstrumente ein zentrales Element für die Umsetzung von Innovationsvorhaben darstellen, wurde ein sogenannter „Open Cycle“ zu diesem Thema eingerichtet.

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NUMBER OF THE MONTH #NEFI_number

 

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.

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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.

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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.

New Energy for Industry Newsletter

The first german issue of our New Energy for Industry Newsletter was published at the end of July! If you would like to receive news and insights on industry decarbonization, you can subscribe to our newsletter at nefi.at/newsletter. You can read the first german issue here.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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