Program April 28-29, 2021
A purposeful turnaround with research and innovation
Change is renewal in action. The next ten years will see a complete transformation of our energy systems. Far-reaching steps toward a complete circular economy must be prepared. How can research, development and innovation act as a driving force for purposeful change in society and the economy? What role does research & development play, also with regard to the ambitious climate targets for 2030 and 2040?
At the MIAConference, everything revolves around these forward-looking questions.
Christian Spanik will guide you through the morning program.
Outlook on the main topics and highlights of the conference with Theresia Vogel, Managing Director Climate and Energy Fund and Josef Geisler, Regional Minister for Energy and Deputy Governor of Tyrol.
The technologies for sustainable energy generation are on the market. But the decisive factor is how these innovations are implemented in the decentralized overall system. Dr. Albrecht Reuter will present groundbreaking experiences. The overall project manager of the C/sells real laboratory has tested technologies and framework conditions with 2900 test subjects, 78 use cases and 52 sample solutions. The cellular approach shows the importance of motivating market forces.
What does innovation look like at a leading national energy company? What are the biggest challenges for an infrastructure operator in the coming years? Answers to the central questions of the energy transition will be provided by Prof. Dr. Brigitte Bach, Member of the Management Board of Salzburg AG, in her keynote address.
For the energy transition to succeed, research initiatives must be successfully transferred to the market. The following five examples show how this can be done:
SynCraft – the self-developed and patented technology for wood-fired power plants originated as a spin-off of MCI Innsbruck. Rector Andreas Altmann and founder Marcel Huber present their success story.
The whole country is a real laboratory. Climate and energy expert Adi Groß and Christof Drexel present initiatives from Vorarlberg and explain how they also succeed in getting people excited about the energy transition and innovations.
Act4Energy is the innovation lab for energy innovation and digitalization. Supported by the Climate Protection Ministry as part of the “City of the Future” funding program, research projects are being implemented in 10 communities in southern Burgenland.
The Green Energy Lab bundles research projects and shapes innovation. Open innovation processes enable fast access to knowledge and technology by networking different approaches of private and public companies, research institutes and start-ups with customers.
NEFI – New Energy for Industry – is an innovation network of science, technology providers and companies. Its goal is to show the way to decarbonization of industry. The Clean Energy for Toursim project makes a significant contribution to decarbonization and efficiency improvement in the winter tourism industry, helping ski resorts to optimize their energy management, increase efficiencies and the use of renewable energy.
Take a short screen break.
Get out into the fresh air.
Recharge your batteries.
Come back invigorated.
The Vienna Business Agency presents three innovative Viennese technology companies that are helping to shape the energy systems of the future with their cutting-edge services related to the energy transition. The Viennese companies enspired GmbH, HAKOM Time Series GmbH and PROCON DATA Datenverarbeitung GmbH convey their technological solutions to this end in short videos. Learn more about their innovative technologies around AI-based software for trading with electric power, time series technology for innovative business models of the energy transition, as well as Business Process as a Service for handling all business processes of energy communities.
A highlight of the Mission Innovation Austria Conference is the presentation of the MIA Awards by Federal Minister Leonore Gewessler.
2021 Awards will be presented for outstanding achievements in the following four categories:
- Tech Solution and Local Hero: Projects from applied research & development and for pilot and demonstration projects.
- Resilient Energy Systems: solutions for a secure energy supply of the future
- Entrepreneur: projects by young founders, start-ups and new business models
- Next Generation: for academic scientific work and projects
The respective partners will introduce the winners in a laudatory speech. Afterwards, the winning projects are presented.
MIA Award Partner: Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws), Austrian Power Grid (APG), Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG), Klima- und Energiefonds, Oesterreichs Energie
3 Tips for a climate-friendly and healthy lunch
- Buy regional and seasonal food
- Replace meat with vegetables more often
- Enjoy the meal in nice company
Opening and Welcome
Europe wants to become the first climate-neutral continent on earth by 2050. The Green Deal aims to make this goal a reality. The circular economy plays a key role on this path. The principle of the Circular Economy will fundamentally change our previous, largely linear economy and become a key driver of innovation. We approach this opportunity/challenge with a look at the European framework for action, present the BMK’s new RTI initiative Circular Economy, bring pioneers into the picture and discuss new forms of cooperation to close the circle.
with Thomas Jakl
The Circular Economy Forum Austria initiates and promotes the exchange and further development of knowledge, ideas and implementation possibilities between companies, politics, science, research and design.
The Forum is a learning and dialogue platform for Austrian companies to create an innovation ecosystem in which all participants benefit from international collaboration, knowledge exchange and cooperation in value cycles to strengthen their innovation capabilities. The Forum promotes new ways of doing business and makes innovation achievements visible.
“When someone undertakes a journey, there is a lot to tell. Today we report from a journey full of possibilities of sustainable transformation in Austrian (small)cities!”
Personalities with different expertise talk about the topic “Climate Crisis in the (Small)City”. Realistic strategies and necessary collaborations will be presented.
Christian Spanik will guide you through the morning program.
Accompany us to places and people who prove that imaginative solutions do not necessarily have to be developed in the metropolises of this earth, but can be created and disseminated close to the people and their needs – in the small towns of Austria!
We visit on our today’s journey:
- New construction of energy-efficient and climate-fit urban neighborhoods in (small) cities.
- Examples of climate-smart redevelopment of urban quarters in (small) cities.
- Sustainable mobility solutions in (small) cities.
- Outstanding projects of successful climate change adaptation.
- Exemplary implementations of ecological and sustainable lifestyles.
Curious and now full of drive? The Climate and Energy Fund can also support you with its range of funding to implement your ideas for sustainable and climate-friendly urban development! We have for the development and implementation of good project ideas, the right funding and support offer.
We explain in detail:
- Which offers the Climate and Energy Fund provides for (small) cities currently and in the future.
- What a (small) city can do to meet the challenges posed by the climate crisis.
Hydrogen as an important building block in the carbon management of the future economy
Sector coupling is not just a buzzword, but its implementation will be decisive for the success of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Joint approaches to solutions in the energy, mobility and industry sectors will be in demand. Hydrogen and climate-neutral gases will play a decisive role here. As a European energy hub and a nation with a strong industrial base, Austria can play a pioneering role in many areas. The projects in the WIVA P&G showcase region will develop the necessary technologies and implement them in demonstration projects.
Hydrogen and carbon-neutral gases will play an important role in context with sector coupling. These products can be used in many ways and contribute to the sustainable development of our economic system: they can be stored, transported and used to generate electricity, heat and power in mobile and stationary applications. Paul Lucchese, as Chairman of IEA Hydrogen, gives some insights into the international challenges, the cross-sector potentials and opportunities for hydrogen use.
Hydrogen represents a central element in the transition to a sustainable economic system. The central role in the use of hydrogen is its climate neutrality on the one hand and the necessary competitiveness and security of supply on the other. The turnaround to a climate-neutral energy supply is feasible by 2050, but requires clear strategies, for which the use of methane pyrolysis will be necessary in addition to the electrolytic production of hydrogen. Gerald Linke represents the views of both the DVGW (German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water) and ERIG (Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches) and relates his explanations to both the German and European energy systems.
Interactive WIVA P&G project presentation on hydrogen in the transformation of the economic system.
Keynote presentations and discussion with the online audience.
- H2 in energy and industry
- H2 and mobility
- H2 and integration in regional development concepts
Since spring 2020, Ars Electronica has also been delivering digital content directly to your home.
Christoph Kremer, Managing Director of the Ars Electronica Center, presents his personal favorites from almost a year of Home Delivery.
The Mission Innovation Austria Online is the place for everyone,
who are actively shaping the transformation process of the energy system with the development and implementation of new technologies and solutions.