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Ennshafen case study – insights into real-life industrial energy cooperation development

Panel: 1. Policies and Programmes to drive transformation

Matthias Linhart, Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Simon Moser, Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Valerie Rodin, Energy Institute at the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria


A promising way to enhance sustainability and primary energy efficiency is industrial energy cooperation. Additionally, economic and innovation benefits for the companies as well as sustainable long-term regional development are aimed for. The Austrian industrial business park “Ennshafen” was chosen to put theoretical solutions to the test and to draw generalizable conclusions for other parks. After theoretical evaluation of energy cooperation possibilities, barriers and drivers via literature research, company interviews were conducted to verify and adapt the theoretic results. Important barriers are missing knowledge and communication on energy cooperation possibilities followed by economic, technical and framework barriers, especially if a cooperation opportunity shall be implemented. Identified viable opportunities among others are:

• Enforce and exchange information on cooperation potentials and technical opportunities at the total site (not limited to the company level)

• Trigger joint energy purchase & renewable energy communities

• Support inter-company waste heat utilization

• Evaluate joint strategies on optimizing heavy transport

The applicability of cooperation solutions is highly case-specific and results suggest that solutions are more likely to be implemented given continuous information exchange, eventually initiated by a dominant and integrative company or central institution.

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