Thermal Energy Systems and Biomass

The division “Thermal Energy Systems and Biomass” deals with the development and testing of innovative technologies for decentralized power and heat generation. Technologies for CHP with gasification technologies and fuel cells are mainly processed experimentally. A core theme hereby is the generation of so-called Second Generation Fuels out of biomass with an innovative gasification technology – the Heatpipe Reformer – and technologies for hot gas processing.

Burner test (NG/Air - 140 kW)

R&D focus

  • Thermal characterization of industrial furnaces with multiphase flows
  • CFD based burner and process optimization
  • Numerical Simulation of particle laden combustion flows
  • Investigation of particle/fluid interaction in industrial furnaces
  • Numerical Investigation of the combustion process and heating characteristics of steel good in industrial reheating furnaces
  • Numerical Simulation of Gas/Solid Interaction in High Temperature Processes using coupled CFD/FEM Simulation
  • Development and validation of a numerically inexpensive simulation for the cooling process of steel tubes in a rake type cooling bed
  • Experimental investigation of combustion of low-calorific fuels with oxygen
  • Experimental development of a waste heat recovery system for oxy-fuel furnaces based on internal reforming of the fuel
  • CFD simulations of steam sterilization processes
  • Numerical investigation of next generation steam sterilizers
  • CFD investigations of the sterilization process of medical devices
  • Development of the reliability- and durability diagnosis tools for solid oxide fuel and electrolysis cells
  • Degradation monitoring and performance optimization of high temperature electrolysers
  • Reversible solid oxide cells for electrochemical energy conversion and energy storage
  • Experimental characterization and evaluation of ammonia as fuel for solid oxide fuel cells
  • Electrochemical Characterization and Performance Assessment of SOC Stacks in reversible operation

Infrastructure

General test rigs:

  • Mechanical & electrical workshop
  • Chemical laboratory
  • Fuel cell laboratory
  • Reforming test rig
  • Burning chamber with chimney (up to 1,2 MW)
  • Central heat sink (water re-cooling system up to 5 MW)
  • Several (mobile ) heat sink & heat source systems
  • Climatic chamber (-20 to +40°C)
  • Vehicle air-conditioning test bench
  • Absorption heat pump system

 Measurement equipment

  • all typical sensors required for flow rate, pressure, humidity, temperature, etc.
  • Flame ionization detector (FID)
  • Gas analyzer (GA)
  • Gas chromatograph (GC)
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR)

Personnel

Head

Christoph Hochenauer
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 7300

Research Associates

René Josef Prieler
Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. BSc
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 7810
Vanja Subotic
Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. BSc
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 7319
Markus Buchmayr
Dr.techn. MSc
Christoph Schluckner
Dr.techn. MSc
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 7811
Manuel Feurhuber
Dipl.-Ing.
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 4208
Bernhard Stöckl
Dipl.-Ing. BSc Ing.
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 4209
Michael Preininger
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 4209
Christian Erich Gaber
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 7805
Hannes Gerhardter
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 7304
Mario Knoll
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 4202
Martin Landfahrer
Dipl.-Ing.
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 7817
Juraj Raic
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 4206
Paul Josef Burian
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 7802
Philipp Wachter
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 7805

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Division
Thermal Energy Systems and Biomass

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Christoph Hochenauer

Office
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Ulrike Gerhard
Mo-Fr: 09:00-12:00 Uhr
Raum: P404022 (4.OG)
Tel.: +43-316-873-7301
Fax: +43-316-873-7305

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