Energieinstitut an der Johannes Kepler Universität Linz


Brief Description

The Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University Linz is a highly-distinguished project partner whenever multidisciplinary knowledge of more than one scientific field is essential for energy-related research topics. Our three departments cover Energy Economics, Energy Law and Energy Technologies.

Only the combination of these core disciplines allows comprehensive analyses and accounts for all aspects of future-oriented implementation of industrial symbiosis.

We analyse the ecologic and economic effects of cross-company cooperation, new technologies and efficiency measures in the energy sector, discuss the most recent developments in the European legislation and evaluate strategies for CO2 abatement schemes as well as measures aimed at promoting resource efficiency goals like new technologies related to energy intense industries.

The Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University Linz is deeply rooted in the Austrian research community, publishes in high level journals and participates / coordinates in 16 European research projects (e.g. S-PARCS #785134, PEAKapp #695945, BAMBOO #820771, STORE&GO #691797, ECHOES #727470, SESAME #261696, SPARKS #608224, LIGNOFLAG #709606,…).

We are key stakeholder in these international and various national applied research projects concerning Life Cycle, Technoeconomic and Sociotechnical Assessments to provide KPIs and a deeper understanding of the preconditions that facilitate or hinder the implementation of industrial symbiosis.

The practical applicability of our efforts is always an indispensable focus of the Energieinstitut and the scientific results of multiple projects and studies conducted by the Energieinstitut have been the driving force for a high number of innovative solutions in the renewables business.

Main tasks and responsibilities within the project

The EI will start working on WP 2, to assess existing initiatives, technologies, business models and regulatory issues related to industrial symbiosis in a broader context and specifically related to the project demonstrators and their profiling.

Based on the methodological know how represented in the three departments covering Energy Economics, Energy Law and Energy Technologies the experience and results from e.g. the S-PARCS project (coordinated by team members within this project) concerning practical interaction with stakeholders can be fully exploited and facilitates the implementation of IS approaches in the Lighthouse and Follower demonstrators.

In WP 9 the focus is on Life Cycle Assessment, and techno-economic process and industrial symbiosis asssessment to systematically evaluate the effects of a roll out of the specific demonstrator activities and CORALIS showcase solutions (innovative breakthrough technologies, cascaded use of energy and resources in a future circular economy).

EI-JKU is experienced in conducting these Assessments in particular for evolving as well as mature industrial system transformations to higher efficiencies, renewable energy supply and cross-company cooperation’s.

Conducting accurate and robust Life Cycle Analysis and evaluate environmental and techno-economic system performances parallel to demonstration implementation is becoming obligatory for cross-sectorial replication.

The Energieinstitut is therefore providing staff resources of technoeconomic & life cycle assessment practitioners with scientific background and know how of energy intensive industry processes to facilitate the technological and methodological learning.