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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Two-stage cultivation of N-rich and N–deprived Acutodesmus obliquus biomass: Influence of cultivation and dewatering methods on microalgal biomass used in anaerobic digestion

Gruber M, Nussbaumer M, Jerney J, Ludwig I, Zohar E, Lang I, Bochmann G, Schagerl M, Obbard JP, Fuchs W, Drosg B. Two-stage cultivation of N-rich and N–deprived Acutodesmus obliquus biomass: Influence of cultivation and dewatering methods on microalgal biomass used in anaerobic digestion. Algal Research. July 2016;17: 105-112.

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Other Presentations | 2013

Two-Stage Anaerobic Digestion of Sugar Beet Pressed Pulp - Optimizing of reactor performance

Stoyanova E et al. Two-Stage Anaerobic Digestion of Sugar Beet Pressed Pulp - Optimizing of reactor performance, 13th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion 2013, 25th-28th of June 2013, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (peer reviewed) (visual presentation)

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2022

Trickle-Bed Bioreactors for Acetogenic H2/CO2 Conversion

Steger F, Ergal I, Daubek A, Loibl N, Rachbauer L, Fuchs W, Rittmann SKMR, Bochmann G. Trickle-Bed Bioreactors for Acetogenic H2/CO2 Conversion. Frontiers in Energy Research. 8 Apirl 2022.10;842284

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Acetic acid is an essential industrial building block and can be produced by acetogenic bacteria from molecular hydrogen (H2) and carbon dioxide (CO2). When gasses are supplied as substrates, bioreactor design plays an important role for their availability. Trickle-bed bioreactors (TBs) have an enhanced gas-to-liquid mass transfer and cells remain in the system by forming a biofilm on the carriers. So far, TBs have been investigated extensively for bio-methanation processes, whereas studies for their use in acetic acid production are rare. In this study, we evaluated the reproducibility of two parallel TBs for acetic acid production from H2:CO2 (= 70:30) by a mixed culture with a gas flow rate of 3.8 mL min−1 and a medium flow rate of 10 mL min−1. Additionally, the effect of glucose addition during the starting phase on the resulting products and microbial composition was investigated by setting up a third TB2. Partial medium exchanges to decrease the internal acetic acid concentration (AAC) combined with recycling of withdrawn cells had a positive impact on acetic acid production rates with maxima of around 1 g L−1 d−1 even at high AACs of 19–25 g L−1. Initial glucose addition resulted in the accumulation of unwanted butyric acid up to concentrations of 2.60 ± 0.64 g L−1. The maximum AAC of 40.84 g L−1 was obtained without initial glucose addition. The main families identified in the acetogenic TBs were Peptococcaceae, Ruminococcaceae, Planococcaceae, Enterobacteriaceae, Clostridiaceae, Lachnospiraceae, Dysgonomonadaceae and Tannerellaceae. We conclude that a TB is a viable solution for conversion of H2/CO2 to acetate using an anaerobic enrichment culture.


Conference contributions | 2011

Trennung heterogener Abfälle durch sensorgestützte Sortierung zur Optimierung materialspezifischer Abfallbehandlung

Pieber S, Ragossnig A, Sommer M, Meirhofer M, Curtis A, Pomberger R. Trennung heterogener Abfälle durch sensorgestützte Sortierung zur Optimierung materialspezifischer Abfallbehandlung, Waste-to-Resources 2011, 24th-27th of May 2011, Hannover, Germany.

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Conference contributions | 2010

Trends and opportunities of micro-CHP technologies based on biomass combustion

Obernberger I. Trends and opportunities of micro-CHP technologies based on biomass combustion, 18th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition 2010, 3rd-7th of May 2010, Lyon, France. p 1-9.

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Conference contributions | 2014

Transport Biofuels in Europe - A Vision for 2030

Wörgetter M. Transport Biofuels in Europe - A Vision for 2030, Fuels of the Future 2014, 20th-21st of January 2014, Berlin, Germany.

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2020

Transient CFD simulation of wood log combustion in stoves

Scharler R, Gruber T, Ehrenhöfer A, Kelz J, Mehrabian Bardar R, Bauer T, Hochenauer C, Anca-Couce A. Transient CFD simulation of wood log combustion in stoves. Renewable Energy 2020.145:651-662

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Wood log stoves are a common residential heating technology that produce comparably high pollutant emissions. Within this work, a detailed CFD model for transient wood log combustion in stoves was developed, as a basis for its optimization. A single particle conversion model previously developed by the authors for the combustion of thermally thick biomass particles, i.e. wood logs, was linked with CFD models for flow and turbulence, heat transfer and gas combustion. The sub-models were selected based on a sensitivity analysis and combined into an overall stove model, which was then validated by simulations of experiments with a typical wood log stove, including emission measurements. The comparison with experimental results shows a good accuracy regarding flue gas temperature as well as CO2 and O2 flue gas concentrations. Moreover, the characteristic behavior of CO emissions could be described, with higher emissions during the ignition and burnout phases. A reasonable accuracy is obtained for CO emissions except for the ignition phase, which can be attributed to model simplifications and the stochastic nature of stove operation. Concluding, the CFD model allows a transient simulation of a stove batch for the first time and hence, is a valuable tool for process optimization.


Reviewed Conference Papers | 2016

Toxicological characterization of particulate emissions from straw, Miscanthus, and poplar pellet combustion in residential boilers

Kasurinen S, Jalava PI, Uski O, Happo MS, Brunner T, Mäki-Paakkanen J, Jokiniemi J, Obernberger I, Hirvonen MR. Toxicological characterization of particulate emissions from straw, Miscanthus, and poplar pellet combustion in residential boilers. Aerosol Science and Technology. 2 January 2016;50(1): 41-51.

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Wood pellets have been used in domestic heating appliances for three decades. However, because the share of renewable energy for heating will likely rise over the next several years, alternative biomass fuels, such as short-rotation coppice or energy crops, will be utilized. We tested particulate emissions from the combustion of standard softwood pellets and three alternative pellets (poplar, Miscanthus sp., and wheat straw) for their ability to induce inflammatory, cytotoxic, and genotoxic responses in a mouse macrophage cell line. Our results showed clear differences in the chemical composition of the emissions, which was reflected in the toxicological effects. Standard softwood and straw pellet combustion resulted in the lowest PM1 mass emissions. Miscanthus sp. and poplar combustion emissions were approximately three times higher. Emissions from the herbaceous biomass pellets contained higher amounts of chloride and organic carbon than the emissions from standard softwood pellet combustion. Additionally, the emissions of the poplar pellet combustion contained the highest concentration of metals. The emissions from the biomass alternatives caused significantly higher genotoxicity than the emissions from the standard softwood pellets. Moreover, straw pellet emissions caused higher inflammation than the other samples. Regarding cytotoxicity, the differences between the samples were smaller. Relative toxicity was generally highest for the poplar and Miscanthus sp. samples, as their emission factors were much higher. Thus, in addition to possible technical problems, alternative pellet materials may cause higher emissions and toxicity. The long-term use of alternative fuels in residential-scale appliances will require technological developments in both burners and filtration.


Conference contributions | 2019

Towards the in house production of enzymes using processing waste

Weiss R, Nyanhongo G, Ortner M, Guebitz G.Towards the in house production of enzymes using processing waste. 15th International Conference on Renewable Resources and Biorefineries, Toulouse, FRANCE. June 2019.

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Conference contributions | 2014

Towards a Stochastic Cellular Automata Model of Log Wood Combustion

Lichtenegger K, Schappacher W, Hebenstreit B, Schmidl C, Höftberger E. Towards a Stochastic Cellular Automata Model of Log Wood Combustion. Journal of Physics: Conference Series. 2014:490:102015. (peer reviewed)

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Describing the combustion of log wood and others solid fuels with complex geometry, considerable water content and often heterogenous struture is a nontrivial task. Stochastic Cellular Automata models offer a promising approach for modelling such processes. Combustion models of this type exhibit several similarities to the well-known forest fire models, but there are also significant differences between those two types of models. These differences call for a detailed analysis and the development of supplementary modeling approaches. In this
article we define a qualitative two-dimensional model of burning log wood, discuss the most important differences to classical forest fire models and present some preliminary results.


Conference contributions | 2014

Torrefied pellets – influence of torrefaction on pellet characteristics and combustion behaviour

Pointner C, Schmutzer-Roseneder I, Feldmeier S, Kristöfel C, Ehrig R, Schwabl M, Strasser C, Wörgetter M. Torrefied pellets – influence of torrefaction on pellet characteristics and combustion behavior, 4th Central European Biomass Conference 2014, 15th-18th of January 2014, Graz, Austria.

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Conference contributions | 2015

Time-resolved characterization of PM10 emissions from modern small scale biomass combustion units, including PAHs

Kistler M, Schmidl C, Cetintas EC, Padouvas E, Bauer H, Puxbaum H, Kasper-Giebl A. Time-resolved characterization of PM10 emissions from modern small scale biomass combustion units, including PAHs, 23rd European Biomass Conference 2015, 1st-4th of June 2015, Vienna, Austria. (visual presentation)

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Conference contributions | 2019

Time-dependent catalytic activation of inactive k-feldspar by layer formation during fluidized bed conversion with residual fuels

Wagner C, Hammerl C, Kuba M, Hofbauer H. Time-dependent catalytic activation of inactive k-feldspar by layer formation during fluidized bed conversion with residual fuels. 27th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (Poster). May 2019.

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Olivine is currently used as bed material in dual fluidized bed steam gasification due to its catalytic activity towards the water-gas-shift (WGS) reaction and tar reforming. However, olivine contains traces of heavy metals which necessitate an expensive disposal of the accruing ash. The study of alternative bed materials for DFB steam gasification is therefore of major importance. The activity of a bed material is one important factor when classifying its suitability. Several alternative bed materials like quartz and K-feldspar are non-active when fresh but become activated during operation by interaction with the ash by forming layers. The focus of this work was therefore to quantify the initial activation of K-feldspar over the first operational hours as exemplary inactive bed material. Bed material samples from fluidized bed combustion were collected during operation. The fuels used were bark, chicken manure and a bark/chicken manure mixture. The obtained samples were sieved to 200 – 250 µm and tested in a micro-scale test-rig regarding the WGS reaction. A time-dependent activation of K-feldspar was observed marking a first step in better understanding the activation of bed materials.


Conference contributions | 2010

Thermogravimetric Analysis and Devolatilisation Kinetics of New Biomass Fuels

Moradi F, Brunner T, Obernberger I. Thermogravimetric Analysis and Devolatilisation Kinetics of New Biomass Fuels, 18th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition 2010, 3rd-7th of May 2010, Lyon, France. (visual presentation)

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Contributions to trade journals | 2009

Thermodynamic equilibrium calculations concerning the removal of heavy metals from sewage sludge ash by chlorination

Fraissler G, Jöller M, Mattenberger H, Brunner T, Obernberger I. Thermodynamic equilibrium calculations concerning the removal of heavy metals from sewage sludge ash by chlorination. Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification. 2009;48(1):152-64.

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Conference Papers | 2016

Thermochemische Behandlung eines niederkalorischen Reststoffes zur Gewinnung von Sekundärrohstoffen

Meirhofer M, Dißauer C, Strasser C, Kranner R, Wartha C. Thermochemische Behandlung eines niederkalorischen Reststoffes zur Gewinnung von Sekundärrohstoffen. e-nova 2016 (oral presentation). November 2016, Pinkafeld, Austria.

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2020

Thermochemical equilibrium study of ash transformation during combustion and gasification of sewage sludge mixtures with agricultural residues with focus on the phosphorus speciation

Hannl TK, Sefidari H, Kub M, Skoglund N, Öhmann M. Thermochemical equilibrium study of ash transformation during combustion and gasification of sewage sludge mixtures with agricultural residues with focus on the phosphorus speciation. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery.2020

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The necessity of recycling anthropogenically used phosphorus to prevent aquatic eutrophication and decrease the economic dependency on mined phosphate ores encouraged recent research to identify potential alternative resource pools. One of these resource pools is the ash derived from the thermochemical conversion of sewage sludge. This ash is rich in phosphorus, although most of it is chemically associated in a way where it is not plant available. The aim of this work was to identify the P recovery potential of ashes from sewage sludge co-conversion processes with two types of agricultural residues, namely wheat straw (rich in K and Si) and sunflower husks (rich in K), employing thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. The results indicate that both the melting behavior and the formation of plant available phosphates can be enhanced by using these fuel blends in comparison with pure sewage sludge. This enhanced bioavailability of phosphates was mostly due to the predicted formation of K-bearing phosphates in the mixtures instead of Ca/Fe/Al phosphates in the pure sewage sludge ash. According to the calculations, gasification conditions could increase the degree of slag formation and enhance the volatilization of K in comparison with combustion conditions. Furthermore, the possibility of precipitating phosphates from ash melts could be shown. It is emphasized that the results of this theoretical study represent an idealized system since in practice, non-equilibrium influences such as kinetic limitations and formation of amorphous structures may be significant. However, applicability of thermodynamic calculations in the prediction of molten and solid phases may still guide experimental research to investigate the actual phosphate formation in the future.


Other Presentations | 2014

Thermo-chemical pre-treatment of brewers' spent grains

Gorter S, Rachbauer L, Scheidl S, Gabauer W, Ortner M, Bochmann G. Thermo-chemical pre-treatment of brewers' spent grains, 4th Central European Biomass Conference 2014, 15th-18th of January 2014, Graz, Austria.

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Conference contributions | 2019

Thermal Trouble: Challenges in Optimization and Evaluation of Thermal Energy Systems

Lichtenegger K, Unterberger V, Stadler M, Zellinger M, Carreras F, Moser A. Thermal Trouble: Challenges in Optimization and Evaluation of Thermal Energy Systems. IAPE 2019 : International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy (oral presentation). March 2019.

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

Thermal Stability of Bed Particle Layers on Naturally Occurring Minerals from Dual Fluid Bed Gasification of Woody Biomass

Kuba M, He H, Kirnbauer F, Skoglund N, Boström D, Öhman M, Hofbauer H. Thermal Stability of Bed Particle Layers on Naturally Occurring Minerals from Dual Fluid Bed Gasification of Woody Biomass. Energy & Fuels. 20 October 2016;30(10): 8277-8285.

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The use of biomass as feedstock for gasification is a promising way of producing not only electricity and heat but also fuels for transportation and synthetic chemicals. Dual fluid bed steam gasification has proven to be suitable for this purpose. Olivine is currently the most commonly used bed material in this process due to its good agglomeration performance and its catalytic effectiveness in the reduction of biomass tars. However as olivine contains heavy metals such as nickel and chromium no further usage of the nutrient-rich ash is possible and additional operational costs arise due to necessary disposal of the ash fractions. This paper investigates possible alternative bed materials and their suitability for dual fluid bed gasification systems focusing on the behavior of the naturally occurring minerals olivine, quartz and K-feldspar in terms of agglomeration and fractionation at typical temperatures. To this end samples of bed materials with layer formation on their particles were collected at the industrial biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Senden, Germany, which uses olivine as the bed material and woody biomass as feedstock. The low cost logging residue feedstock contains mineral impurities such as quartz and K-feldspar which become mixed into the fluidized bed during operation. Using experimental analysis and thermochemical it was found that the layers on olivine and K-feldspar showed a significantly lower agglomeration tendency than quartz. Significant fractionation of particles or their layers could be detected for olivine and quartz, whereas K-feldspar layers were characterized by a higher stability. High catalytic activity is predicted for all three minerals once Ca-rich particle layers are fully developed. However quartz may be less active during the build-up of the layers due to lower amounts of Ca in the initial layer formation.
 


Conference contributions | 2014

Thermal simulation of a pellet boiler and a heat storage tank for future control strategies

Schnetzinger R, Musumarra I, Hebenstreit B, Lichtenegger K, Schwarz M, Höftberger E. Thermal simulation of a pellet boiler and a heat storage tank for future control strategies, 4th Central European Biomass Conference 2014, 15th-18th of January 2014, Graz, Austria.

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Technical Reports | 2019

Thermal Gasification of low-grade residuals for the production of valuable products and energy

Wagner K, Kuba M, Fuchs J, Müller S. Thermal Gasification of low-grade residuals for the production of valuable products and energy. Publishable final report. June 2019.

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Conference contributions | 2010

Thermal Conversion of Biomass by Microwave Energy - First Results with Wood

Schrammel G, Paisler C, Krug H, Rauch R, Hofbauer H. Thermal Conversion of Biomass by Microwave Energy - First Results with Wood, 18th European Biomass Conference and Exhibiton 2010, 3rd-7th May 2010, Lyon, France. p 907-910.

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By using a microwave generator as energy source wood gets converted into three products: (1) condensate (“product oil”), (2) product gas and (3) charcoal (“material residue”). In this microwave-based specific kind of pyrolysis process wood is used as standard input material in order to have the possibility to compare the three generated products either with products of already established conventional pyrolysis processes [1] or other processes like gasification within thermo-chemical conversion [2]. Therefore, a discontinuous microwave apparatus of technical standard size (magnetron power: 6 kW, magnetron frequency: 2.45 GHz) is used.


Contributions to trade journals | 2016

The wood pellet market in Austria: A structural market model analysis

Christa Kristöfel, Christoph Strasser, Erwin Schmid, Ulrich B. Morawetz, The wood pellet market in Austria: A structural market model analysis, Energy Policy, Volume 88, January 2016, Pages 402-412,

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Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals | 2016

The Virtual Biomass Grate Furnace - An Overall CFD Model for Biomass Combustion Plants

Ali Shiehnejadhesar, Ramin Mehrabian, Robert Scharler, Christoph Hochenauer. The Virtual Biomass Grate Furnace - An Overall CFD Model for Biomass Combustion Plants. 24rd European Biomass Conference & Exhibition (poster).

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This paper presents the virtual biomass grate furnace, which comprises of comprehensive CFD models of all relevant processes for the simulation of biomass grate furnaces. The models consist of a 3D packed bed model, a gas phase combustion model for laminar to highly turbulent flows and a model to account for the influence of the flue gas streaks arising from the fuel bed in the freeboard. The simulation results of a 20 kW underfeed stoker furnace show that the overall CFD model is able to provide valuable insight on the processes occurring in the packed bed and freeboard and their interactions.