About Green Energy Lab
We are making the region of Lower Austria, Styria, Vienna, and Burgenland a pioneer in modern solutions for renewable energy.
Green Energy Lab, a research initiative for sustainable energy solutions, is part of the Austrian innovation campaign “Vorzeigeregion Energie” (“Flagship region Energy”) of the Climate and Energy Fund. Green Energy Lab is Austria’s largest innovation laboratory for green energy. It comprises the test markets Vienna, Lower Austria, Burgenland, and Styria — all in all about five million end customers. More than 150 partners from research, industry, and the public sector join the energy suppliers of these four Austrian provinces, namely “Wien Energie” in Vienna, “EVN” in Lower Austria, “Energie Burgenland” in Burgenland, and “Energie Steiermark” in Styria, in order to develop customer- and demand-oriented, scalable solutions all the way from prototypes to marketability. Thanks to Green Energy Lab’s direct access to the core market of energy suppliers, new developments can immediately be tested on a large scale. By 2025, Green Energy Lab will have invested 100 million euros in innovative projects.
The Green Energy Lab Team
Cluster ManagerGraduate engineer Susanne Supper is the cluster manager of Green Energy Lab, heads the Green Energy Lab innovation laboratory and is responsible for the overall coordination of the project network for the energy showcase region. Before Green Energy Lab was founded and launched in September 2018, she worked for several years as a senior project manager and head of an energy research department. Susanne Supper studied Civil Engineering and Water Management at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna.
Open Innovation ManagerGraduate engineer Tobias Schwab, MA and a graduate of an advanced technical college, is the open innovation manager of the innovation laboratory and coordinates the Green Energy Lab location in Graz. As an authorized signatory and project manager for Green Energy & Innovation of the Green Tech Cluster Styria, he is responsible for projects in the fields of energy technology and economy and is involved in market and technology monitoring as well as open innovation. Tobias Schwab studied Urban Technologies, Sustainable Energy Systems and Innovation Management at the Advanced Technical Colleges Joanneum, Burgenland, and Campus 02.
R&D ManagerGraduate engineer Dr. Christian Kurz, PhD, is the R&D manager of the Green Energy Lab. The nuclear physicist holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and works as an innovation manager in Energie Burgenland AG. Prior to that, Christian Kurz was managing director of various subsidiaries.
Communications ManagerMag. Radostina Reiter is Communications Manager at Green Energy Lab and responsible for topics in the field of communication, marketing, events & public relations activities. She studied German Philology with a major field Communication. An international background and many years of professional experience with a managerial position in marketing and communication form the basis of her work.
Project AssistantFrançois Laurent, MSc, is Project Assistant at the Green Energy Lab and responsible for the cross-thematic support of the management. Prior to joining the Green Energy Lab, he worked in international research projects on sustainable development and renewable energy in the Netherlands, Spain and Israel as well as the energy partnership of the GIZ in Tunisia. François Laurent holds a degree in environmental science from the University of Wageningen (Netherlands) specializing in environmental systems analysis.
Scientific AdvisorChristian Fink advises the Green Energy Lab as R & D expert for heat supply and sector coupling. As authorized signatory and head of the department "Thermal Energy Technologies and Hybrid Systems", he is responsible for a research team of around 25 people at the AEE Institute for Sustainable Technologies. The main areas of research of Christian Fink include energy supply technologies, heat storage, systemic energy supply and sector coupling, techno-economic analyzes as well as the scientific monitoring of funding programs.
Scientific AdvisorGeorg Lettner advises the Green Energy Lab as an R & D expert for energy markets and smart grids. He leads the research area "Smart Grids / Smart Cities and e-Mobility" at the Institute for Energy Systems and Electrical Drives of the Vienna University of Technology. Georg Lettner's expertise lies in the system analysis of smart grids and the market integration of renewable technologies, focusing in particular on flexibility options in energy markets with a special focus on the development of business models involving different stakeholders.
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