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Head of the Research Group

Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Stefan Müller



Head of the Reseach Group till 2020

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Hermann Hofbauer

Research Group: Future Energy Technology

Head: Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Stefan Müller

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 two project groups were established (PDF).


Project group Synthetic Biofuels

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
  • BioSNG
  • Mixed alcohols
  • Hydrogen


Project group Gasification & Gas Cleaning

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)