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Green Tech Cluster Styria

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Saturday, 1 January, 2005
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
ICN International Cleantech Network
Cluster Management Team: 
Project Manager
+43 316/407744-14
Project Manager
+43 316/40 77 44-13
Internationalisation Responsible
+43 316/40 77 44-18
Cluster Manager
+43 316/40 77 44-17
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Environmental Services
Technology fields: 
Energy management
Smart grids
S3 EU priority areas: 
Power generation / renewable sources
Other professional, scientific & technical activities
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
FCC Environment CEE
Larger Company
BDI BioEnergy International AG
Larger Company
INTECO special melting technologies GmbH
Research Organisation
Rettig Austria Gmbh
Sattler Ceno TOP-TEX GmbH
Siemens AG Austria
VTU Engineering GmbH
Larger Company
Christof Industries GmbH
AHT Cooling Systems GmbH
Larger Company
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

Green Tech Cluster – World’s Number One in Green Tech

The Green Tech Cluster is instrumental in the green innovation and consequent growth of 180 companies and research institutions. Situated in Styria, the green heart of Austria, it forms a hotspot for green technology with 20 global leaders within an hour’s drive away. Companies located here grow almost twice as fast as world market averages.  The cluster provides support for R & D project development, assessment of technology trends and market opportunities and establishing global contacts. The cluster has repeatedly been ranked the world’s no. 1 Environmental Technology Cluster.


First in the World for Green Tech

Styria in southern Austria has an impressive record in cutting-edge green technologies that goes back over 100 years: Several past inventors, such as Nikola Tesla, have worked in Graz, and Styrian inventor, Viktor Kaplan invented the breakthrough technology for hydroelectric power. Solar thermal energy started its successful market advance here in the 1970s, while many pioneers in recycling technology innovation come from Styria. Current world firsts include the first tidal lagoon power plant, the first large scale green brewery and the first tower with transparent energy glass.


Where green innovation grows

With over 20 global technology leaders (such as Andritz, Samsung, and Siemens) based in this hotspot of innovation, the title of Green Tech Valley is fully justified. Companies here grow faster than the global competition: In 10 years, they have more than tripled the sales of environmental products and services (more than 10% of GDP) and the number of employees has more than doubled.


The Cluster initiates 100 innovation projects

With the Strategy 2015-2020, the cluster is placing the focus for growth on green innovation. In the key strategic areas of Green Energy (especially biomass, hydro and solar), Green Building and Green Resources (especially recycling), the Green Tech Cluster aims to launch 100 new innovation projects over 5 years and actively drive the development of the Green Tech location.


Innovate, Internationalise, Initiate

Based around the three “I”s of Innovate, Internationalise, Initiate, the cluster supports companies with R & D project development, the concise Technology-Radar magazine, open innovation tools and the Green Tech Innovators Club with free space for new ideas. The Green Tech Cluster is proactive in the alliance of 15 global clusters in the ICN International Cleantech Network and provides access to international markets. Tailored ideas, strategy consultancy and contacts complete the portfolio of cluster support services.


High efficiency

In 2015 alone, the cluster organisation has jointly initiated 24 innovation projects, generated 1158 ideas within companies and successfully brokered 1122 targeted B2B contacts. This includes innovations that have already become established in the market, such as the ATT Powerfilm and the LED Booster from EcoCan. The Green Tech Cluster is therefore an effective partner for the green technologies of tomorrow and the future.


Breaking international ground

The Green Tech Cluster Styria GmbH is a public-private partnership, both in ownership and funding, and has some 10 employees. The Cluster has been awarded many times for: excellent cluster management, the most innovative growth project in the EU (European Commission) and the No. 1 Environmental Technology Cluster worldwide (US rankings).

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
South Africa
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
tenerrdis energy cluster France
Clean Tech Delta Netherlands
ecotech Quebec Canada
Green Cape South Africa
Energy Cleantech Cluster Italy
Greentech South United Kingdom
clean Denmark
OREEC Norway
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster USA
Renewable Energy Hamburg Germany
TWeeD Belgium
Sustainable Business Hub Sweden
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
  • BioEnergyTrain

The development and adoption of renewable and sustainable energy has become a top priority in Europe, and is Horizon 2020’s most prominent theme. Research into new energy methods required to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint is an urgent and critical need, and is reliant upon a flow of newly qualified persons in areas as diverse as renewable energy infrastructure management, new energy materials and methods, and smart buildings and transport. Bioenergy is a particularly important field in this respect as it is at the cross-roads of several important European policies, from the Strategic Energy Technology Plan Roadmap on Education and Training (SET-Plan) to the European Bioeconomy Strategy to European Food Safety and Nutrition Policy. European development in this prioritised field is stalled due to a lack of qualified personnel, a lack of cohesion and integration among stakeholders, and poor linkage between professional training and industry needs. To address these problems, BioEnergyTrain brings together fifteen partners from six EU countries to create new  post-graduate level curricula in key bioenergy disciplines, and a network of tertiary education institutions, research centres, professional associations, and industry stakeholders encompassing the whole value chain of bioenergy from field/forest to integration into the sustainable energy systems of buildings, settlements and regions. The project will foster European cooperation to provide a highly skilled and innovative workforce across the whole bioenergy value chain, closely following the recommendations of the SET-Plan Education Roadmap.


  • Promotion of biogas/biomethane use in Brazil Funding agency: Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

The goal of this strategic alliance of Austrian and Brazilian companies and universities is to build and strengthen local knowledge and local innovation power - starting from biogas production, biogas processing to the use as a fuel for agricultural transport and work vehicles.


  • Model Region Energy Funding agency: Austrian Research Promotion Agency

The aim of this exploratory project is to achieve the ambitious goal of 100 % renewable energy within the strategic boundaries (for example energy strategy of Styria). The technological strengths of this hotspot, which is internationally known as “Green Tech Valley”, will be bundled within an overall concept and a project cluster and therefore a comprehensive and large-scale demonstration – in the sense of the flagship region – will be prepared.


  • Smart City Graz Funding agency: Austrian Research Promotion Agency

In order to sort and apply urban development strategies and indicators, four strategic action levels were introduced on a local level: The city as a region ("CityRegion"), target areas, the quarter and buildings/projects.  In the action fields Economy, Society, Ecology, Mobility, Energy, Facility management, the aim is to define pilot projects for Graz, integrated according to the applicable strategic action level and implemented as agreed. This multi-project strategy could trigger a new era in urban development in Graz.


  • BAT-SAFE Funding agency: Austrian Research Promotion Agency

BAT-SAFE is a research project, which is working on the risks and impacts of batteries in waste management systems. The project is done in cooperation with the Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management (AVAW), the Elektro Recycling Austria GmbH and the Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG. In contrast to former battery-related research projects, BAT-SAFE is dealing with portable batteries, especially lithium-batteries.

Success Story / Achievements: 

In 2015 alone, the cluster organisation has jointly initiated 24 innovation projects, generated 1158 ideas within companies and successfully brokered 1122 targeted B2B contacts. This includes innovations that have already become established in the market, such as the ATT Powerfilm and the LED Booster from EcoCan. The Green Tech Cluster is therefore an effective partner for the green technologies of tomorrow and the future.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Worldwide success made in Styria:

With innovative products, know-how in international management, reliability and Styrian cordiality in building intercultural cooperations technologies and services from the Green Tech Valley are in demand all over the globe.