Energy utilities and energy agencies in the federal states of Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland are exploring with research institutions what a joint research and innovation initiative for the eastern region could look like for demonstrating Austrian solutions for intelligent, secure and affordable energy and transport systems.
Launched by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) and the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund in 2015, the programme "Vorzeigeregion Energie" intends to showcase how innovative energy technologies from Austria will be used to develop and demonstrate solutions for intelligent, safe and affordable energy and mobility systems of the future. 11 regions started to explore possible implementation concepts, among them EnergyLab East.
In EnergyLab East the project team develops a concept for the expansion and grid integration of renewable energies in the Eastern part of Austria under the premise that Vienna and the urban centers in Lower Austria serve as "energy reserves" for the temporary surpluses from the eco-power plants in Burgenland and Lower Austria.
The aim is to determine, if and how an “innovation alliance” could be built between the three energy providers, the three energy agencies and the regions Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland plus additional partners from research and industry. Such an alliance would serve as umbrella for the implementation of R&D projects in the regions over the next 10 years (Programme "Vorzeigeregion Energie").
The R&D projects would test various energy technologies, which are improving the options of storage and flexibility of a growing (volatile) renewable energy supply, as well as appropriate business models to penetrate the market.
You can find further information on the project website (only in German).