ThermaFLEX was selected as part of the IEA initiative “Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?



The International Energy Agency (IEA) has selected the Austrian flagship project “ThermaFLEX”, coordinated by AEE INTEC within the GreenEnergyLab flagship region, as a model in the “Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?” initiative.

International cooperation plays a crucial role in addressing the many global challenges related to the clean energy transition. In many technology areas, multilateral platforms are already working to accelerate innovation and deployment of clean energy technologies. Within the IEA, the Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) provide a platform for governments, companies and researchers to work together to advance the research, development, demonstration and commercialisation of energy technologies. There are currently 38 active TCPs, each focusing on specific areas of energy technology.

“Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?”

The IEA’s “Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?” initiative aims to raise awareness of the work of TCPs by highlighting research projects that they either lead directly or contribute to in partnership with other international initiatives. Within the framework of the TCP “District Heating & Cooling”, the Austrian lead project “ThermaFLEX”, led by Joachim Kelz at AEE INTEC, was selected for this purpose in order to highlight developments in the flexibilisation of district heating and underline its importance in the heat transition. The project will therefore be presented at the “Universal Meeting”, the biennial meeting of all TCPs, as an example of the TCP “District Heating & Cooling”, among other things in the form of a video.

More information on the TCP Universal Meeting can be found here:

More information about the project presentation of ThermaFLEX at the TCP Universal Meeting:

Video of the presentation:


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What is the aim of the ThermaFLEX project?

The aim of the ThermaFLEX project is to develop strategies and concepts to make district heating networks more flexible and sustainable and to reduce their CO2 emissions. District heating and cooling networks will play an important role in our future energy supply and serve as hubs of our energy systems. The existing infrastructure offers enormous potential for expansion that can contribute to the decarbonisation of the energy system. Such an expansion can also improve sector coupling – especially in dense urban areas – by integrating end-use and supply through the exploitation of new concepts, technologies and renewable energy sources.

More info on the ThermaFLEX project: