Each year, strategic projects of the location partners in the individual fields of action are made visible in the program book. In addition to the strategic projects, there are major projects that have a special supraregional appeal. These projects emerge from the strategic analysis process. Decisions on the flagship projects are made at the political level in consultation with the location partners.
Following flagship projects are currently in the pipeline:
In the action field "Efficient and sustainable production", Upper Austria has set itself the goal of becoming a model region for circular economy. Since Austria, and Upper Austria in particular, has a very strong plastics industry, the focus is on implementing sustainable plastics solutions along the entire value chain. Together with representatives from research, industry and politics, a roadmap (strategic plan) is currently being developed to address the challenges regarding to plastic waste. The aim of the roadmapping process is to develop a long-term vision for the sustainable use of plastics.
Due to high challenges, the future energy system requires a much stronger inter-company networking and coupling of production, transport and consumption units. For further development of these inter-company energy sector couplings, the Austrian research lacks the implementation and operation of pilot and demonstration plants with a focus on hydrogen and carbon cycle management.
Upper Austria, as the most energy-intensive region with significant industrial processes, is the optimal location to implement, test and further develop the systems of pilot and demonstration plants. The production, storage and use of Co2-free hydrogen and the recycling of carbon dioxide play an essential role. The HCMA flagship project demonstrates innovative technologies and climate-friendly processes, which leads to decarbonization of industry.
Technological developments in the field of new powertrains represent a major challenge for the Upper Austrian automobile and components industry. In order to support the Upper Austrian automotive industry in this structural change towards "zero emission", a concept for a transfer center is being developed. The goal is a holistic approach and support companies from the design and simulation phase to prototype development and "small volume production". This also includes the promotion of regional cooperation between producers and suppliers in the development and implementation of new technologies.