Highlights of Energy Research 2018 - System Integration and Sector Coupling

March 20th, 2018, 9:00 – 16:30
TUtheSky, Getreidemarkt 9, Vienna

The 11th Highlights of Energy Research will focus on system integration and coupling of sectors. National and IEA research projects in the areas of energy systems and grids, industry, mobility and buildings and urban systems will be presented.


Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

Content Description

The event series "Highlights of Energy Research" has been initiated by the Austrian Ministry of transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) aiming to create a common platform for experts and stakeholder involved in relevant research areas. It updates stakeholders on current national and international activities of selected research areas und serves as a forum for discussion. This year's event focuses on system integration and sector coupling.

Connecting of different parts and sectors of the current energy system will play a crucial role for a successful energy transition. As outlined in the Austrian Energy Research and Innovation Strategy sector coupling is seen as a guiding principle in future energy research policy. Single technologies in the power, heat as well as the transport sector should be combined in integrated, energy-efficient systems in the future.

As introduction Dave Turk from the International Energy Agency will present the IEA report „Digitalization and Energy", which shows the relevance of the increasing digitalization for the transport, building and industry sector and introduces possibilities for system integration and coupling of sectors. In following blocks IEA projects and projects from national programs such as "City of Tomorrow" of bmvit and "Energy Research Programme" of the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund which primarily address aspects of system integration in the sectors buildings, industry, transport and smart grids will be presented. A panel discussion with experts from research, industry and public administration will conclude the event. Participants are invited to join a guided tour through the Plus-Energy-Office Building Technical University Getreidemarkt.

This year's event of "Highlight of Energy Research" will be organised ahead of the IEA End Use Working Party. Targeted attendees are national and international experts from industry, research and academia as well as public administration and policy makers.


  • 08:30 Registration
  • 09:00 Introduction and Key Notes
    • Welcome and introduction
      Sabine Mitter, Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
    • Digitalization & Energy
      Dave Turk, IEA Energy Environment Division
    • End-Use Working Party
      Gudrun Maass, IEA End-Use Working Party
    • Energy research and innovation strategy and flagship regions
      Elvira Lutter, Austrian Climate and Energy Fund
  • 10:25 Coffee break
  • 10:55 Block 1: Energy Systems and Grids
    • AR-HES-B – Energy storage, production and recovery of valuable substances in wastewater treatment plants
      Christoph Brunner, AEE Intec
    • IEA DHC Annex TS3: District heating and cooling networks in an integrated energy system context
      Ralf Roman Schmidt, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
    • Open heat grids in urban hybrid systems
      Simon Moser, Energy Institute at Johannes Kepler University Linz
  • 11:35 Block 2: Industrial Energy System
    • Underground sun conversion/Underground sun storage
      Stefan Bauer, RAG Rohöl-Aufsuchungs Aktiengesellschaft
    • Symbiose-4-I&C - Optimal decentralized hybrid storage technologies among different energy systems-4-industry and commerce
      Christoph Maier, Institute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives, TU Wien
    • industrial Energy Systems and IEA-IETS Annex 15: Industrial excess heat recovery
      Rene Hofmann, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
    • H2Future: Green hydrogen from electricity from renewable energy sources
      Rudolf Zauner, Verbund AG
  • 12:25 Lunch break
  • 13:25 Block 3: Transportation and Mobility System
    • Move2Grid: E-mobility on regional renewable resources - Leoben
      Thomas Kienberger, Montanuniversität Leoben
    • Urban storage cluster Südburgenland, Living lab test Stegersbach and Oberwart
      Andreas Stecker, Energie Kompass GmbH
    • SUBURBAHN – test- and demonstration-area for urban development and mobility in Ansfelden
      Herbert Bork, Stadtland
  • 14:05 Block 4: Buildings and Urban Systems
    • Urban expansion „Wien Aspern" – Overview on energy exchange
      Robert Grüneis, ASCR – Aspern Smart City Research
    • solSPONGEhigh - High solar fraction by thermally activated components in an urban environment
      Werner Lerch, Institute of Thermal Engineering, Graz University of Technology
    • Smart block II: Cross-building concepts for energy in renovation of the existing building stock in urban areas
      Daniel Berger, Austrian Society for Environment and Technology
    • IEA EBC Annex 67 – Energy Flexible Buildings
      Susanne Metzger, TU Wien
  • 14:55 Coffee break
  • 15:25 Panel discussion: System integration and sector coupling - potential contribution to decarbonise our energy system?

    Moderation: Michael Hübner, Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology

    • Michele De Nigris, Sustainable Development and Energy Sources Department in RSE
    • Sabine Semke, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    • Gudrun Senk, Wien Energie, Geschäftsbereich Asset Entwicklung und Management, Forschung
    • Horst Steinmüller, Energy Institute, Johannes Kepler University Linz
  • 16:00 End
  • 16:15 Guided tour with short introduction: Plus-Energy-Office Building Technical University Vienna, Getreidemarkt

    Alexander David, TU Wien

  • 17:00 End of guided tour


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