Stanford Expert Talk: Future of Climate & Circular Solutions

24. September 2020


The Stanford University Expert Talk and the strategy workshops that followed on, was an opportunity for renowned researchers and entrepreneurs to meet with the ICS and the Green Tech Cluster and discuss the latest highlights in technology and the solutions for a greener circular economy.


A full day dedicated to a green future – At the Stanford University Expert Talk and the subsequent strategy workshops, held yesterday, renowned researchers and entrepreneurs met with the ICS and the Green Tech Cluster to discuss the latest highlights in technology and the solutions for a greener circular economy.


New food for thought and common ideas

Jürgen Roth from ICS InternationalisierungsCenter Steiermark GmbH and Bernhard Puttinger from the Green Tech Cluster invited everyone present to a lively debate on the subject of Green Climate and Circular Solutions. Leading Styrian companies discussed their current activities and future projects to enable them to take joint action for a greener future. Gerhard Enickl, Head of Energy & Logistics at voestalpine, spoke about the use and demand management of green electricity in hydrogen-based industrial production. Franz Strempfl from Energie Steiermark explained how green energy can be generated and made usable. A joint discussion was held on what the future of battery recycling might look like. Ralf Mittermayr, from Saubermacher AG, described the latest technologies for battery recycling and presented solutions to the associated problems in greater detail. Alexander Trattner, Managing Director of HyCenta’s, cited opportunities and examples related to the subject of the renewable hydrogen economy.

Following the shared discussion on these topics, Prof. Dr. Friedrich Prinz from Stanford University put forward his perspective on The Future of Climate & Circular Solutions.


Further initiatives in green technology

“We need a circular economy for a future that is worth living in!”, is the credo of Professor Dr. Friedrich Prinz. For him, one thing is certain: Climate change is man-made and is directly related to CO2 emissions. But, how can a Circular Economy be implemented? “The problem of the circular economy is divergent; the more I recycle the more energy I need,” says the professor. The high amount of energy required for recycling makes it more environmentally harmful than it would be without recycling. Therefore, you have to use green energy for recycling – only then can a circular economy function and make sense. Prinz sees the key factors for success as training and technology development along with their funding.


A clear strategy is required to achieve goals

In the joint strategy workshop that followed on, the entrepreneurs participating in the event gave us their input on the cluster activities for the coming year they considered to be the most important. The most promising areas for observation and action for 2021, consistent with the strategy of the Green Tech Cluster, were actively developed.

Friedrich Prinz is a professor at the prestigious Stanford University and one of the most important and successful Austrians in Silicon Valley. He is an expert in energy storage. His focus is on micro and nano research in the energy sector, where he researches new materials and methods for the efficient conversion and storage of energy.



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