IEA-IETS Annex 19: Industrial Electrification

Industrial electrification can make a major contribution to CO2 reduction. The aim of the annex is a transfer of knowledge between the international and the state level. At national level, stakeholder engagement aims to clarify the topic of industrial electrification, compare roadmaps and resources, and analyze potential benefits from (joint) programs.

Short Description

Initial situation

The key drivers are the commitment to avoid climate change and the efficient use of energy in industry: the electrification of industrial processes, when supplied by electricity from renewable sources, makes a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. At the same time, the energy carrier switch to power can bring energy and economic efficiency gains. Beyond the business aspects, it is essential to understand the implications for the energy system that utilities and infrastructure managers face.

Contents and topics

The aim is to achieve a desirable transfer of knowledge regarding technologies, programs and measures between the international and the state level. This should be tracked at the Annex level by elaborating the following tasks:

  • Task 1: Energy scenarios and energy policy
  • Task 2: Roadmap 2050
  • Task 3: Shared development programs
  • Task 4: Information platform

Austrian participation & contribution

The Austrian consortium has been established: Energy Institute at the JKU Linz (Linz), Austrian Institute of Technology, Montanuniversität Leoben, AEE INTEC. LOI partners support the consortium: Federation of Austrian Industries (IV), Austrian Economic Chamber (WKO), Austrian Chemical Industry Association (FCIO), Austrian Cement Association (VÖZ), Austrian Heat Pump Association, Business Upper Austria, Austrian Hydrogen Initiative (WIVA), Borealis Agrolinz Melamine GmbH, Fischer Brot GmbH, voestalpine Stahl GmbH (H2future project), Wienerberger AG.
Methodologically, the focus is on participation in the content of the Annex, the lead of Task 2 or 3 as well as adequate national communication and dissemination activities. In more detail, the following topics should be dealt with in the context of desk research and stakeholder involvement (interviews, workshops) and therewith the transfer of knowledge between national and international level should be guaranteed:

  • Definition and system limit of the "electrification of the industry" and dissemination of the term.
  • Comparison of renewable energy and industry demand results with the results of other participating countries.
  • Comparison of roadmaps on the topic or on sub-aspects: Checking whether roadmaps are congruent in content or contradict each other and why. Relevant roadmaps from the public point of view are Renewables4Industry, the EUROFER steel roadmap and the energy efficiency roadmaps in the industry.
  • Analysis of transferability, transferability and resulting joint benefits from existing research and implementation programs as well as reflections on the reorganization of such programs.

Project Images

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Project Partners

  • Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz (Projektleitung)
    Simon Moser, Valerie Rodin, Robert Tichler
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
    Gerwin Drexler-Schmid, Rene Hofmann
  • MU Leoben - Lehrstuhl für Energieverbundtechnik
    Thomas Kienberger
    Christoph Brunner, Jürgen Fluch, Anna Grubbauer


Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden

Contact Address

Energieinstitut an der JKU Linz (Projektleitung)
Simon Moser
Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Gerwin Drexler-Schmid

MU Leoben - Lehrstuhl für Energieverbundtechnik
Thomas Kienberger

Christoph Brunner