Research Group: Future Energy Technology
Head: Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Hermann Hofbauer
Hermann Hofbauer is an international recognized scientist with a high reputation in the field of thermal conversion of biogeneous fuels and residues. Besides numerous prices and awards he is the first and so far the only Austrian scientist who got the prestigious European Linneborn Award at the European Biomass Conference 2012 in Milano for his lifelong work in the field of biomass research.
The working group Future Energy Technology investigates and develops novel processes technologies for a sustainable energy future. Due to the large size of the working group three project groups were established (PDF).
The Zero Emission Technologies (ZET) team focuses on projects from the energy technology sector with the goal to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Mainly, three general approaches are put forward:
- Development of efficient CO2 capture technologies
- Increase of energy efficiency in industrial processes
- Substitution of fossil energy by renewable energy carrier
The mission of the group is to develop sustainable technology solutions ready for on-field demonstration.
The increasing prices of fossil fuels accompanied by the green house effect and increasing energy demand is the motivation of intensive research and development of synthetic fuels, produced from renewables (biomass). The main R&D work within this group focuses on production of synthetic biofuels:
- Fischer Tropsch diesel
- Mixed alcohols
The Group focuses on projects from the energy technology sector with a focus on gasification technologies – specifically using dual fluid processes – from solid fuels and residues as well as on product gas cleaning for different applications.
Recent topics under investigations are:
- Dual fluidized steam gasification (Dual-Fluid) of biomass, coal, and residues
- Controlling of producer gas quality by using catalytically active bed materials
- Test of producer gas cleaning in real industrial applications
- Development and simulation of novel processes based on Dual Fluid technology (e.g. power to gas)