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The exchange of energy between companies – now made possible by legal changes – creates new opportunities for CO₂ reduction and improves the competitiveness of industrial companies. The lead project ‘Industrial Microgrids’ is developing a platform that makes industrial energy consumption and production visible in a spatial context.
The exchange of energy across company borders is currently subject to a multitude of organisational, legal and techno-economic hurdles. Companies could take a more active role in energy supply and start local cooperation. Many new questions and problems are emerging for these industrial energy communities:
„InduGrid creates a unique platform of industrial companies that want to benefit from energy exchange, companies that develop new services for this energy exchange, researchers and the public sector. It is at the forefront of the new European concepts of Energy Communities and thus opens up new opportunities for industrial energy transformation.“
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 to some 40 invited guests at the Linz Ars Electronica Center. In addition, more than 100 people followed the presentations and discussions online.
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.