NEFI is open to new partners and projects. Over the next eight years, new projects will be developed in an open innovation process together with industry, technology providers, consumers and other user. Proven technologies will be demonstrated and brought to market. In addition to the 80 companies, a further 45 companies, associate partners, have already expressed their interest, with other interested parties continuously being integrated into the NEFI innovation ecosystem. The NEFI_Lab innovation laboratory is led by the Chair of Energy Network Technology at the University of Leoben. The partners AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, the Energy Saving Association of Upper Austria and the Business Upper Austria contribute many years of experience in the internationalisation of innovative energy technologies.


The NEFI innovation process enables participation in the energy system transformation in industry. It creates a framework for recognising future challenges (white spots) in the changing industrial energy system and it supports industry in using these as opportunities.

The white are processed within the framework of the innovation process in "Project & Open Circles." and projects are developed with the aim of demonstrating new technologies that are "Made in Austria" and innovative solution concepts. The "Project & Open Circles" enable targeted involvement of stakeholders from industry, research, politics and the public.



In "Open Circles," broad thematic white spots on NEFI innovation fields with high potential for future projects are dealt with. Specific research questions are defined in various formats such as thematic workshops, events, discussion groups, etc., which can lead to the formation of a "Project Circle".

Ideas for Open Circles can be submitted and developed at any time through the contact form on our website, by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting our contact persons*. Please use our Canvas for this purpose. It is also possible to participate in the existing Open Circles at any time. Please contact the respective contact person.

Project Circles emerge from the Open Circles and work independently on their specific, clearly defined research questions, e.g. organising thematic workshops, involving various partners such as associate partners, the scientific community, industry and the public and the aim is to develop project proposals for further submission phases of the "Vorzeigeregion Energie" program in the form of a three-page project outline.


Opening hours

Mo-Do 09:00-15:00
        Fr 09:00-12:00


Directions & location plan

Parkstraße 31
A-8700 Leoben