- Funding, evaluation of public funding options
- Support for applications for public funding
- Evaluation and selling of efficiency measures
From kleinkraft’s point of view, energy saving equals cost reduction. In many cases, already very small measures can have huge impacts.
kleinkraft supports your company at finding the fitting measurements.
Energy Efficiency Act
The federal Energy Efficiency Act entered into force on January 1st 2015. This law is the national implementation of the EU directive 2012/27/EU and it aims at reducing Austria’s energy consumption by 20% until 2020. Further goals are the increase of renewable energy’s share of the energy mix and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
In accordance with the Energy Efficiency Act, energy suppliers that show annual energy sales of 25GWh or higher have to set efficiency measures. The energy saved due to the increase of energy efficiency by the company’s measures in one year has to count up to 0,6% of the energy sold in the previous year. 40% of the saving obligations have to be met in the private sector, the other 60% have to be saved in the industrial sector. The companies which are subject to the Energy Efficiency Act have three options to fulfil their obligations. They can set the measures themselves, they can become part of a sectoral agreement (industry agreement) or they can buy the measurements set by third parties (e.g. companies or privat households). Energy savings are all measures which reduce an end-user’s energy consumption in comparison to the consumption in the previous situation. If a supplier is not able to fulfil his obligations, he will be required to provide compensation payments of at least 20 Cents per kWh.
Currently, new objectives concerning energy and CO2 savings as well as the increase of the utilization of renewable energy sources are under planning.
The EU Emissions Trading System
Future climate goals of the European Union will focus on the reduction of the emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2. By 2050, the emitted amounts should be decreased by 80 %. The EU Emissions Trading System represents one of the most important tools to reach this goal. The system is based on the setting of a cap for yearly emitted volume of green-house gases by highly-emitting industries within the EU. This limit is reduced every year. For the authorized volume of emissions, allowances are allocated and auctioned off to the emitters in the EU’s member states. A company has the right to emit one ton of CO2-equivalent within the commitment period for each allowance it holds.
At the end of each year, companies have to be able to surrender sufficient allowances to cover their emissions. In the event that, they cannot fulfil these responsibilities, heavy fines of 100 Euros per missing allowance have to be paid. If an organization sets an emission reducing measure and does not need all of its allowances afterwards, it can sell them to other emitters. In this way, it is ensured that the society implements the emission reducing measures with the lowest costs.
Further information about the EU Emissions Trading System can be found on the homepage of the European Commission:
In 2015, the Austrian Energy Efficiency Act (Energieeffizienzgesetz) was passed. In accordance with this law, companies of a certain size are obligated to deal with their energy issues. To meet these new requirements, companies have to be subject to energy audits or to implement either an environmental or an energy management system.
The potential for savings is enormous. kleinkraft supports you by identifying the most useful energy efficiency measures for your company. Additionally, economic efficiency calculations point out the most profitable investments in the energy conversion sector.
Gathering information about energy flows
Identification of energy reduction potentials
Economic efficiency calculations
Additional funding from various providers eases the financial burden of the reduction measures and improves the economic efficiency, especially of large investments in the fields energy efficiency and renewable energy. kleinkraft assists you at choosing the fitting funding provider and program as well as throughout the whole funding application process.
Evaluation of energy efficiency measures
Energy efficiency measures reduce a company’s energy consumption and as a result its costs as well. Since 2015, these measures can also be sold to third parties. This is possible, as the new Austrian Energy Efficiency Act (Energieeffizienzgesetz) requires energy suppliers to reduce their energy sales. If they are not able to meet these obligations, penalties have to be paid.
kleinkraft evaluates your energy efficiency measures and finds lucrative purchase offers for your energy reduction measures.
Contacting funding agencies
Contacting funding agencies
Offers from energy suppliers
Sale of energy efficiency measures
Standardized solutions are often not suited for the optimisation of processes in industrial companies. Instead, integrated energy concepts have to be developed and production processes have to be adjusted.
Therefore, kleinkraft’s goals are to contribute to the generation of new know-how and to possess the most advanced knowledge in the energetic field at any time. Thus, the company participates in the development of technologies with promise for the future as well as in research activities to increase the knowledge in the fields renewable energies, energy efficiency and system solutions. Furthermore, kleinkraft has close partnerships with research institutes like the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU).
Carbon dioxide research
Future climate objectives of the European Union will aim at the reduction of CO2 emissions. A reduction of current CO2 emissions by 80% is intended until 2050.
To meet these targets and to stay competitive in a global market, Austrian companies have to develop new technologies. Therefore, kleinkraft researches progressive technologies and methods to reduce and utilize CO2 emissions.
Already today, kleinkraft works to find solutions for future challenges. Thus, it is part of research co-operations in the fields reduction of CO2 emissions and development of new technologies for utilization of CO2. As a consulting company, kleinkraft is able to identify research topics of relevance to the industry within the mentioned fields.
Carrying out of energy audits and providing support of the implementation of the identified energy efficiency measures as well as for the application process for public funding. Within the progression of the project, the following measures (among others) were implemented:
- Optimization of the refrigeration system (Savings: 770 MWh, 290 tCO2)
- Organisation of the utilization of the cooling units’ waste heat (Savings: 1.500.000 kWh, 230 tCO2)
Carrying out of technical and economic feasibility studies for international Waste-to-Energy projects. The results of the studies led to the following outcomes (among others):
DI Magdalena Teufner, M.Sc. (Founder)
Teufner studied at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Her Bachelor program was “Environment and Bio-Resources Management”. In her Master’s, she studied the Double degree program “Material and Energetic Exploitation of Renewable Raw Materials”. Throughout her education, DI Teufner specialized in the sustainable utilization of renewable energy. Within her Master’s thesis, she evaluated biogas plants in an emerging country (Brazil) from technical and economic perspectives. She finished her studies in 2013 as a graduate engineer and a Master of Science.
Ms. Teufner assists industrial companies at the implementation of energy efficiency measures as well as at the application for funding. She is an Energy Auditor i.a.w. § 17 of the Energy Efficiency Act (Energieeffizienzgesetz) and has years of experience in the work process of research projects, especially in the field utilization of CO2, as well as in the submitting of funding requests. She founded kleinkraft in2015.
Renate Kepplinger, B.Sc.
Ms. Kepplinger has already gained trans-sectoral knowledge while achieving her Bachelor’s degree in the field “Environment and Bio-Resources Management”. Currently, she specifies in the fields Energy Management, Waste Management and Renewable Resources in her Master programs. Throughout her studies, Ms Kepplinger acquired international and intercultural competence on various occasions. Due to her education and her professional experience, she has knowledge about the scientific research process at a university as well as in the private sector.
In 2014, she became a certified waste manager i.a.w. § 11 of the Waste Management Act (Abfallwirtschaftsgesetz). Since 2016, Ms Kepplinger has been employed at kleinkraft.