This is the
NEFI innovation network

The NEFI innovation network formed around a consortium of the AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, Montanuniversität Leoben, OÖ Energiesparverband and Business Upper Austria brings together wide-ranging expertise in the fields of energy research and project implementation. Together, a consortium of more than 80 companies, 14 research and 5 institutional partners was formed. NEFI involves companies from all sectors, such as the food, mechanical engineering, plastics, cement and steel industries. The spectrum of companies involved in NEFI ranges from large leading companies to innovative SMEs.

NEFI is an Energy Model Region funded by the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund. The governments of the industrially strong federal states of Upper Austria and Styria are behind the programme and are supporting the development.


NEFI key technologies “Made in Austria” enable the decarbonisation of industrial energy systems and help to secure Austria’s position as an industrial location. Digitalisation presents new opportunities for enhancing the flexibility of the energy system, and industrial processes and plays a core role in the NEFI innovation fields and their associated flagship projects.

NEFI Innovation fields

NEFI demonstrates a pathway towards the decarbonisation of industry. Nine initial projects contribute to the 6 fields of innovation. In the sub-projects, key technologies for decarbonising the industrial energy system are developed and demonstrated. Progressive digitalisation plays a central role, creating new opportunities to make the energy system and industrial processes more flexible. NEFI focuses on six fields of innovation and follows a systemic approach in which the company is an important part of an integrated energy network. This also leads to new business models.

Our Goals

NEFI – Austrian industry and technology developers face up to the energy transition.

Decarbonisation of industrial energy systems
100 % renewable energy supply at selected locations
Added value “Made in Austria”
through export and technology development
to secure industrial and economic location Austria by user involvement

DI Dr. Wolfgang Hribernik

NEFI Network Coordinator

Head of Center for Energy

Giefinggasse 6, 1210 Wien

+43 50550 6641

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Thomas Kienberger

Member Cluster Steering Committee

Head of Chair of Energy Network Technology

+43 3842 402 5400

Mag.A Christiane Egger

Member Cluster Steering Committee

Deputy Manager OÖ Energiesparverband Manager Cleantech-Cluster Energy

+43 732 7720 14380

DI Dorian Wessely

Member Cluster Steering Committee

Manager Cleantech-Cluster Environment

+43 732 79810 5219