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Open Call for Ideas

Green Energy Lab

Submit your ideas to one of our thematic areas now and get access to our services and the combined resources of our constantly growing network. Together, we develop and test integrated solutions for a sustainable energy future.

Thematic areas of the Open Call

We are currently looking for ideas to encourage cutting edge innovation in three broad thematic areas.

Topic area 1

Digitalisation as enabler for customer-centric solutions.
  • Identify and demonstrate how end customer benefit from smart meter application through:
  • Applications for individual customers and customer groups
  • Applications in both the electricity and heating sectors
  • Variating energy prices and customer behavior: enable individual adjustments, e.g. by
    • Front-end applications
    • Gamification
    • Flexible tariff models

Thematic area 2

Future-oriented energy services for a defined target group in the fields of renewable energy generation, energy consumption as well as energy efficiency
  • Direct consumption of energy from regional renewable generation technologies
  • System and market-oriented integration or thermal activation of buildings and building complexes
  • Multiple use of open space
  • Examples of target groups: network operators, businesses, tourism etc.

Thematic area 3

Demonstration projects for the systemic integration of fluctuating renewable energy, including waste heat
  • Smart green low temperature district heating networks
  • Virtual demand-side management and storage power plants (electricity / heat)
  • Optimised use of wind and solar energy


Submit your idea now

Submit your innovative ideas in just a few steps – with the Lean Canvas template, our central tool for assessing ideas.

Benefits of submitting your idea

All submitted ideas go through a quick check, the result of which is communicated to you as swiftly as possible. Based on the feedback, we subsequently develop the most promising ideas. Together with the idea submitter, we aim to translate ideas into successful projects. As soon as your project idea has reached the necessary maturity, it will be assessed by our Steering Group. The best projects are then implemented via the defined implementation path with Green Energy Lab, hence benefiting from our Open Innovation Services. Find out more about our evaluation process in the FAQs.


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Innovation methods

Development of your idea with state-of-the-art innovation methods such as Design Thinking, Lean Startup or Lean Canvas.


Co-creation with selected partners, customers and users from the Green Energy Lab community in thematic workshops.

Use Cases and Model Solutions

Support in the definition of model solutions and use cases in our region.

Funding management

Support in the identification and acquisition of possible subsidies and financing.

Project implementation

Implementation of the project in cooperation with the Green Energy Lab via the defined implementation path.

Customer and user integration

Support for the integration of customers and users as well as sharpening of business models.


Support of scientific communication activities and increasing the national and international visibility of your project as part of Green Energy Lab.

Market Opportunities

Targeted support in the exploitation and transfer of research and development results into marketable products and services.


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Implementation paths for Green Energy Lab projects

There are three implementation paths for implementing your project within Green Energy Lab.

Flagship Region Energy

Inclusion in the submission process as part of the call for tenders of the FTI Initiative Flagship Region Energy. Implementation is expected to take place using research and environmental funding instruments in cooperation with the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and Kommunalkredit Public Consulting (KPC).

National and international funding programs

Implementation takes place via national and international funding programs. We support you in identifying the right funding program.