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CleanAir by Biomass

Goal of the project is to investigate the change of old biomass power plants to new, efficient ones. The impacts on the air quality will be evaluated at the demonstration area of the Styrian municipality Vorau.

In the last decades, biomass heating systems for private households were continuously further developed and dangerous exhaust gases were eliminated. In this project, the efficiency of biomass technologies will be tested under real life conditions. Therefore, old biomass heating systems will be changed and the new ones monitored for several heating periods. Additionally, the heating system users will be trained and the heating system will continuously be optimized in terms of on-site inspections and consultations.

These measures shall ensure a significant exhaust gas reduction and contribute to a better air quality in the area of Vorau. The results of the project will serve as foundation for future administrational decisions in funding cases and strategy developments. 

The end of the project will be in February 2019. It received fundings in the course of the COMET-programme of FFG.


Start: 01.06.2016

Duration: 32 Months

Contracting authority: Land Steiermark und FFG

Partner: Projektleitung K1-Kompetenzzentrum BIOENERGY 2020+ GmbH,  Energie Steiermark, das IZ Vorau, Rauchfangkehrermeister Christian Plesar, TU Wien, RIKA Innovative Ofentechnik GmbH, HAAS + SOHN OFENTECHNIK GMBH, Lohberger Heiz- und Kochgeräte Technologie GmbH, Austroflamm GmbH, Schräder Abgastechnologie, Österreichischer Kachelofenverband, Herz Energietechnik, HDG Bavaria GmbH, FH Wiener Neustadt, Campus Wieselburg und TFZ Wiener Neustadt.