The world is racing to transition from fossil fuels towards more renewable energies. On energy storage, kleinkraft is blazing a new trail.
kleinkraft is actively driving research into energy efficiency, renewable energies, and how to use CO2 for the synthesis of chemicals. They are on a mission to transform the decarbonisation landscape: the outcome of their chemical processes enables efficient and sustainable production of batteries, plastics and materials whose production is otherwise anything but environmentally friendly.
Not content with purely expanding scientific knowledge, they also help companies profit from energy transition by providing technical knowledge about energy efficiency, renewable energies, and how to obtain public funding for projects. These measures help companies not only to reduce energy costs, they are the foundation to meet constantly rising sustainability requirements.
The early days
Since its founding in 2015, the powerhouse behind kleinkraft has been founder Magdalena Teufner-Kabas. Up until the summer of 2017, she also worked at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) exploring the use of CO2.
Immediately after kleinkraft was founded, it began making waves. Large companies were impressed by the smaller firm’s expertise and in its first year alone kleinkraft carried out external energy audits at multiple large companies. They get to know and optimize the energy processes of manufacturing companies – both large and small – in great detail and work with innovative and exceptional personalities who, thanks to kleinkraft’s meticulous strategies and planning, take meaningful action on their projects.
But the company had bigger dreams than just consulting and today their work is incredibly varied.
By partnering with Teufner-Kabas’ husband, Mr Kabas, the company was able to build scalable projects in the field of renewable energies and energy efficiency, and on international feasibility studies and public funding. Together, the couple re-founded kleinkraft OG in August 2018. Now, their research focuses on turning CO2 and alcohol into organic carbonates (such as diethyl carbonate). These carbonates can be used in the production of batteries and plastics, for example.
A plan to help foster the energy transition
Smart, sustainable energy solutions are more needed than ever, as the current rate of energy transition will not be sufficient to meet the 1.5°C warming limit set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Additional measures for the capture and use of CO2 are increasingly necessary, and there is no time to waste.
kleinkraft has one solution. Whilst CO2 is a leading cause of climate change, it can also be used as a source of raw materials for the production of chemicals. Together with the TU (Technical University Vienna) and implementation partners, kleinkraft is concentrating on developing an efficient process for using CO2 as a carbon source for industry. The funding received from the Vienna Business Agency and the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency) puts them firmly on track to establish their pilot plant and make significant strides in the production of organic carbonates from CO2.