Wolfgang Hribernik has led the Center for Energy at AIT Austrian In- stitute of Technology since June 2018. In this role, he is responsible for the scientific, financial and strategic development of this Center. This is a task that the experienced energy expert and manager is proud to perform: “The energy sector is undergoing a drastic process of change. The transformation of the energy system is opening up completely new opportunities for successful market players to positi- on themselves, and at the same time, it’s creating entirely new op- portunities for products and offers.” This paradigm shift towards in- telligent grid operation is increasingly shaping our energy consumpti- on. For commerce and industry, the security of power supplies is a key element for competing successfully at a global level. This is whe- re the Center for Energy, AIT’s largest Center with more than 220 en- ergy researchers, comes in. “We are working on further developing our services for our clients and can draw on a very high level of ex- pertise in research and application in doing so,” Hribernik explains. “We want to keep driving forward the transformation of the energy system and the development and integration of the technology this requires, while working together with research and industry.” The Center for Energy’s range of fields is oriented towards three central systems: sustainable energy infrastructure, decarbonisation of indus- trial processes and plants and innovative technologies and solutions for urban transformation (buildings, towns).
AIT’s SmartEST lab – a unique development platform for smart grid technologies and system architecture in Europe – plays a vital role in these areas, not only for providing industrial partners with solutions and products, but also for AIT innovations that are subsequently brought onto the market. Thus, AIT supports the development pro- cesses of Austrian stakeholders, creates competitive edges and, at