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

  • Industrial high-temperature processes
  • Thermo dynamical process simulation
  • SOFC fuel cells
  • Reforming methods
  • Steam sterilisation
  • Combustion and gasification of biomass
  • CFD-Simulation

    • Reactive fluid flows
    • Solar thermal processes
    • Thermal Management

Projects

  • In-situ desulfurization of synthetic gas
  • Development and optimization of melting furnaces
  • Thermal Management within engine compartments
  • Numeric simulation of steam generators and condensers
  • Enhancement of boiler efficiency of biomass boilers
  • Injection molding for fiber-reinforced polymeric materials
  • Experimental and numerical investiagation of SOFC fuel cells

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
Phone
+43 (316) 873 - 7811
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 - 7810
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

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Contact
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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: MB04010 (4.OG)
Tel.: +43-316-873-7301
Fax: +43-316-873-7305

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