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Digitization & Energy Management

Change has been occurring in the energy sector for a long time: Digitalization, climate neutrality, global dependencies, technological innovations and regulations make numerous changes necessary.

This specialization addresses the challenges and potentials of (future) energy systems in general and on the industrial sector specifically. The spotlight is focused on the Austrian energy market and its integration into European energy systems.

This specialization is offered jointly by TU Graz and MU Leoben.

Modules of the specialization

  • Module: Future Integrated Energy Systems
  • Module: Industrial Energy Systems Transformation
  • Module: Energy Economics and Innovation

Target groups

Professional and managerial staff

  • from the power industry or the energy sector (state-owned and non-state-owned energy companies)
  • from industrial companies as well as other sectors, who have to carry out energy management tasks in their company, e.g.
  • Project managers and transformation project coordinators
  • ​​​​​​​Technical, commercial and/or strategic decision-makers
  • ​​​​​​​From public authorities and institutions involved in energy policy, energy research and the power industry


  • All industries and sectors that have or want to direct their consulting focus toward the area of the (digital) energy revolution.

Alumni of the TU Graz university certificate programmes (certificate and master's degree programme)

  • Hydropower
  • ​​​​​​​Sustainable construction

Module: Future Integrated Energy-Systems

In this module, you will learn the basics of the Austrian energy sector and discuss (future) challenges that will be faced regarding the energy system, especially regarding the energy supply and forms of energy infrastructure. In addition, you will acquire knowledge about energy system analysis methods, which will help you and your company to make decisions related to the future design of your energy supply, energy use and energy storage. Among other things, sector-coupled energy systems, the future role of renewable gases and the further development of energy networks in the future are considered.

Module: Industrial Energy Systems Transformation

What does the energy revolution mean for the industrial sector in particular? How do industrial energy demands and greenhouse gas emissions develop at the European and national levels? What are the goals and measures that will enable climate neutrality to be achieved? In addition to learning the most important families of technology that are being used to pursue climate neutrality in industry, you will learn methods that can be applied to determine ways to increase energy efficiency in industry and to find solutions that enable "industrial energy system flexibility" (e.g. the integration of renewable energies, storage solutions and demand side management).

Module: Energy Economics and Innovation

What challenges do our energy systems face, and what role do innovative energy technologies and economic analyses play in the pursuit of climate neutrality? This module provides you with comprehensive knowledge about energy economics and the impact of innovative technologies, such as hydrogen and renewable energy sources, on decarbonisation. Furthermore, we will address how these technologies are integrated in liberalised energy markets; at the same time, you will receive a solid basic introduction to mathematical modelling and optimization. You will not only gain a holistic overview of energy systems, but also gain the necessary expertise to practice techno-economic decision-making in the context of the energy revolution, which can be applied in both public and private institutions.

Specialisation Manager

Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Head of Chair of Energy Network Technology,
Head of NEFI_Lab, MU Leoben

Univ.-Prof. DI Dr.

Head of Institute of Electricity Economics and Energy Innovation (IEE), TU Graz

"The transformation of the energy system to achieve climate neutrality requires a massive increase in renewable resources, an increased flexibility, and greater energy efficiency efforts, as well as energy infrastructures that allow much stronger interactions among the energy sources than is the case today. This integrated, networked energy system of the future can neither be developed nor operated without digital technologies. As part of this specialization, we specifically focus on this fascinating field of tension between energy and digitalization topics."

"As a society, climate neutrality presents us with unprecedented challenges of a technical, political and social nature. In order to really achieve this ambitious goal, our energy systems it must be transformed in ways that do not jeopardise the security of their supply or their economic viability. The development of digital twins of our energy systems is a critical aspect of active and successful energy management, whether this is on a small, private scale or on a system-wide level. Therefore, techno-economic analyses represent a key element for the development of future and the evaluation of existing business opportunities."


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