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Austria is a small and open economy with a strong export orientation. Environmental technology sectors are a particularly dynamic part of the Austrian economy and one of the drivers of export-oriented growth, performing significantly stronger compared to the overall economy since the financial crisis in 2008.

Austrian companies have established an internationally leading position in several green technology markets. These are heat generation through thermal solar systems and heat pumps, heat storage systems, smart electricity grids, technologies for biomass energy, and passive house building. Smart and intermodal (electrical) mobility management is another upcoming eco-innovation area. With its long tradition and highest recycling rates in the EU, Austrian recycling industries are well positioned to play a key role in the future transformation of Austria towards a circular economy.

With a total score of 108 in the overall Eco-Innovation Scoreboard (Eco-IS) 2015, Austria ranked eighth in the list of EU countries, located between France and Spain and slightly above the EU average. In two of the five components (eco-innovation inputs and resource-efficiency outcomes), Austria’s performance is very close to the European average performance, while performance is above EU average regarding eco-innovation activities and outputs, and below EU average in the component of socio-economic outcomes.

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Weight and energy efficiency optimisation with flat glass systems

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Austria_LISEC_resizedThe glass tempering process of LISEC has received the Austrian Innovation Award for the "flatbed" glass tempering technology developed especially for tempering very thin (down to 0,9 mm) and laminated glass. With this process a meaningful reduction of resource and energy consumption together with cost savings and longer life performances of solar panels are achieved. 

The LISEC Group was awarded with the "Austrian Innovation Award" for the development of this new tempering process.
Through the use of toughened glass, thin, multiple/single glazing and solar panels will be revolutionized. The preload ensures the mechanical stability and the thin wall thickness for high flexibility and a better life cycle assessment (LCA) of the glazing and modules. Considering the energy balance of glass, the energy consumption can be reduced from 25 kWh/m² to 14.2 kWh/m² (40% energy saving). 
 
A tempered thin glass can be used as a membrane in a multiple glazing, which improves the optical quality and increases the light transmission. Due to higher insulation values, energy efficiency is increased.  A much simpler manufacturing process, and transport is possible. Furthermore, through the use of toughened thin glass the life and performance of a photovoltaic module will be increased by reducing the costs.
 
Tempered thin glass can be used in the  solar field, in the interior design field and for the production of insulating glass.

Barriers and Drivers
Important driving forces for this new technology is the Austrian Energy Strategy and energy policy, which corresponds to the European Energy Strategy, the reduction of resources and energy consumption and cost savings.

Economic Performance
Reducing costs of solar panels through a longer life cycle
Reducing cost through their tensile strength

Social Performance
Local job creation

Environmental Impact
Resources savings
Energy savings

Further Information
LISEC Group (http://www.lisec.com/LPS/Glas-Vorspannanlagen-speziell-fuer-Duennglas)
http://www.ecolinx.com/de/staatspreis_2012/

Staatpreis 2012 Austria (http://www.ecolinx.com/de/staatspreis_2012/)

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