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28.04.2011: Biogas upgrading and grid injection applying membrane separation technique has been nominated for the annual Houska-Award and has been awarded the recognition award of the jury

The continuous research on membrane-based biogas upgrading performed by the Institute of Chemical Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology under the guidance of Ass.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Michael Harasek as well as the achieved results and success stories of the project "Virtual Biogas" have been nominated for the Houska-Award 2010 by the expert jury. With an overall of 230.000 Euro this award is one of the most highly endowed research promotion initiatives in Austria. Within it's 6th year of existance, research teams and from 12 austrian universities have applied to this award with their projects. During a stylish gala at 28th of April 2011 in Vienna's MuseumsQuartier the prizes have been awarded. The project "Highly flexible membrane separation process for the energy-efficient upgrading of biogas to biomethane for the natural gas grid injection" has been awarded the recognition award of the jury. The project team and Dr. Harasek embraces the appreciation of their research activities.
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02.06.2010: Awarding of the biogas upgrading and grid injection in Bruck an der Leitha

Doris Bures, Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology awarded the pilot project "Biogas upgrading and grid injection" as trend-setting for future development and as a beacon-project for innovation. The corresponding certificate was handed over by DI Michael Paula, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, department of Sustainable Development during the official closing event of the project "Virtual Biogas" to Prof. Dr. Michael Harasek and DI Michael Hannesschläger representing the whole project consortium. For the first time in history, a cooperation of Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Klima- und Energiefonds, Federal province of Lower Austria, energy pioneers, natural gas industry, science and economy managed to overcome the technical and economic obstacles for biogas upgrading and grid injection which led to the realisation of a master plan receiving international attention.
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02.06.2010: Official closing event of the project "Virtual Biogas"

Today, the official closing event of the research project "Virtual Biogas" took place at the biogas plant site in Bruck an der Leitha. It was a huge event with the attendance of federal minister DI Niki Berlakovich. The moderation of this event was excellently done by Andreas Jäger and it gave the project consortium the opportunity to transfer a part of the cumulated knowledge to the interested audience. Furthermore, the essential actors from economy and politics had the possibility to define their positions. Herbert Stava, president of the Energiepark Bruck an der Leitha, had the honour of the host of the event to welcome all guests and attendents and to report on the history of the project. After that, Prof. Dr. Michael Harasek, Vienna University of Technology, Institute for Chemical Engineering, presented the key facts of the research project "Virtual Biogas". Subsequently, DI Theresia Vogel, head of the Klima- und Energiefonds and DI Michael Paula, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, department of Sustainable Development, held a talk on the research project and its connections to the relevant research promotion structures. Finally, a high-rank podium discussion took place attended by DI Niki Berlakovich, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Dr. Burkhard Hofer, CEO of EVN AG, Dr. Peter Seidinger, Head of Sustainability OMV Gas & Power GmbH and KR Ing. Mag. Helmut Miksits, CEO of Wiener Stadtwerke. After the official part of the event interesting discussions and experience exchange took place and the possibility of guided plant tours was given. An excellent buffet complemented to the culinary part of the successful event.


14.12.2009: Internal closing event of the project "Virtual Biogas"

On this day the closing event of the project "Virtual Biogas" has been hosted at the premises of the Energiepark Bruck an der Leitha and the biogas plant Bruck an der Leitha. The project, which has been extensively funded by the Klima- und Energiefond, engages the upgrading of biogas and the subsequent injection into the natural gas grid. Applying a number of work packages, this project covers the whole value added chain in the field of biogas beginning with the production on the field and ending with the versatile utilisation of the upgraded biomethane. During this event the most important results of the project have been communicated to the relevant decision makers and representatives of the funding agencies using a number of presentations. Additionally, very demonstrative presentation boards have been handed over by the BMVIT showing the key facts of the biogas plant, the biogas upgrading facility and the new concrete fermenter.


09.11.2009: The current issue of the „Forschungsforum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften“ presents the biogas upgrading and grid injection in Bruck an der Leitha

The Forschungsforum is a quarterly released publication series at no charge published by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology reporting on results of research, technology and development in the area of energy, environment and transportation. The current issue 2/2009 of this publication series presents the topic of biogas upgrading and grid injection by means of the demonstration plant in Bruck an der Leitha. The development of innovative technologies for production, upgrading, grid injection and clearing of biogas within the framework of Energiesysteme der Zukunft and Fabrik der Zukunft are discussed. The publication is well researched and provides the reader with a very good and substantiated insight to the demonstration plant in Bruck an der Leitha.
Link to the Download at www.NachhaltigWirtschaften.at


11.05.2009: The project is presented during the fair ACHEMA2009 by members of the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology

The project has been presented during the fair ACHEMA2009 by dedicated members of the Institute of Chemical Engineering, Vienna University of Technology from May 11 to May 15, 2009. The ACHEMA is an international fair/exhibition/congress on chemical industry, environmental protection and biotechnology; the 29th edition of this triennial event has been hosted this year in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In the meantime, this fair emerged to a global leading event in the field of chemical industry, chemical engineering and process industry (4.000 exhibitors originating from 50 countries and 180.000 attendants). At the booth of the Vienna University of Technology the project “Virtual Biogas” has been presented to numerous interested parties concerning its essential focal points, mostly resulting in interesting and constructive discussions. Due to the high number of visitors of the fair, it was possible to communicate the contents and the innovative potential of the project “Virtual Biogas” to a broad public and to numerous relevant companies and company executives.
Link to the Homepage of ACHEMA


05.05.2009: Energiepark Bruck an der Leitha organises a tour to the biogas upgrading plant for representatives of the press in order to present the project

Today, a tour to the biogas upgrading plant for invited representatives of press and radio organised by the project partner Energiepark Bruck an der Leitha took place. The project consortium demonstrated the whole process chain of utilising biogas in the current research project within this event – from the generation and processing of the biogas to the upgrading and utilisation of the gas, for example in a CNG-vehicle. Additionally, the excellent upgrading plant operation, almost lasting for two years now, had to be celebrated. First, the journalists were invited to try the fuel-filling of a CNG-vehicle for themselves at the well-established OMV fuelling station Simmering, Haidequerstrasse, in order to learn about the simplicity of this procedure. After that, a guided tour the biogas plant and the biogas upgrading plant in Bruck an der Leitha has been made. A remarkable fleet of CNG-vehicles (commercially available now or in the nearest future) of different sizes and vehicle-classes has been presented to the intrigued spectators. After intense discussions and information transfer the day ended with a comfortable glass of wine at the Heurigen Raser in Höflein.


31.01.2008: The project „Virtual Biogas“ has been nominated for the Austrian state award for environmental and energy technology

DI Günter Liebel, head of Sektion V „Allgemeine Umweltpolitik“ of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (Lebensministerium), published the laureates of the Austrian state award for environmental and energy technology during the envietech on January 31, 2008. This award has been created in the year 2008 to honour innovative and outstanding achievements of Austrian companies. The project “Virtual Biogas” has been nominated in the category “Energy- and environmental technology: innovations” together with very interesting projects of Eybl Austria and Wiener Wirtschaftsförderungsfonds. Unfortunately, the project did not win the prize, but even being nominated for this award is an excellent appreciation for the whole consortium. We respectfully congratulate the winner of this category, „Eybl Austria GmbH“ to their outstanding project.
Link to "Tageszeitung für Erneuerbare Energie und Nachhaltigkeit oekonews.at"
Link to "Österreichische Gesellschaft für Umwelt und Technik ÖGUT"


02.01.2008: Start of the regular feed-in operation of the biogas upgrading plant Bruck an der Leitha

Today, the regular feed-in operation of the biogas upgrading plant Bruck an der Leitha started. During the last year the first biomethane has already been injected into the grid but only for commissioning reasons. From now on, the continuous operation of the upgrading plant and the maximisation of the plant availability will be the target. During the forthcoming months several partial load and full load scenarios will be conducted together with a continuous feed-in of biomethan into the public grid to allow for a detailed analysis of the dynamic plant behaviour. Within the next two years, the operation of the upgrading plant will be accompanied and analysed by personnel of the Vienna University of Technology and all gathered data will be stored. These data will be used to determine all relevant plant parameters like efficiency, electrical power consumption and durability of the applied components. After these two years the upgrading plant will be shifted to a fully-automated controlled operation of industrial character.


25.06.2007: Official opening of the biogas upgrading plant Bruck an der Leitha

Today, the official opening of the biogas upgrading plant with grid injection Bruck an der Leitha took place and it was a huge success and a milestone for the whole project consortium. The invited representatives of the media were very interested in this topic; numerous interviews were given and several press releases were emitted. Additionally, this event gave all interested people (and future operators and licensees) a great opportunity to get informed about the state-of-the-art in this innovative area of technology and to get into contact with some of the relevant persons. The moderation of this event was excellently done by Dipl.-Ing. Martina Prechtl; Herbert Stava (head of Energiepark Bruck an der Leitha), Dipl.-Ing. Theodor Zillner (Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology) and LR Dipl.-Ing. Josef Plank (highest official of the administrative district of Lower Austria responsible for agriculture, environment and rural development) acted as speakers. Furthermore, a podium discussion was arranged featuring Mag. Helmut Miksits (CEO WienEnergie), Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Peter Seidinger (OMV Gas International) and Dipl.-Ing. Peter Layr (EVN AG) as debaters. After that, a symbolic fuel-filling of a CNG-vehicle with upgraded biomethane was conducted and the upgrading plant was presented to the guests. The opportunity of test drives with conventional CNG-vehicles and one CNG-fuelled rallye-car found general approval. An excellent buffet complemented to the culinary part of the successful event.