The specialized division “Bioenergy” focuses on the production, properties, logistics and market pertaining to solid biofuel and in particular to wood-based biofuels. This encompasses wood pellets, briquettes, lumber and wood chips for energy generation. We partner with manufacturers and traders of biofuel, suppliers of manufacturing equipment pertaining to biofuel production from renewable resources and suppliers of additives and measurement instrumentation.
At present projects are underway for the optimisation of pellet production which place an emphasis on energy efficiency and the application of alternative additives. Additional focus is placed on the influence of raw material properties and raw material preparation on the pelletizing process.
On a national level as well as in connection with international standardization, projects are being carried out which aim at facilitating the widespread use of solid biofuels while maintaining high quality standards. This involves methods for determination of product quality, sampling procedures and the receipt and acceptance of different types of biofuels.
Production, drying and storage of chipped wood for energetic purposes are subjects of this work while quality, energy content and preservation of the dry matter are also considered. In cooperation with partners, innovative concepts are developed for the supply chain of chipped wood for energetic purposes.
On a European level the markets for wood pellets are investigated. Prices, production capacities and qualities are considered as are quantities which are being produced, traded and held in stock.
The specialized division „Bioenergy“ is accredited for testing of fuels. In particular the following test procedures are within the scope of accreditation (selected procedures, additional tests can be offered upon request):
Wood pellets and briquettes:
Upon request special investigations pertaining to the content of starch, to VOC-emissions or to ash-forming elements can be carried out in cooperation with the specialized division “Analytical chemistry/determination of emissions”.
Upon request, the gross caloric value and the chemical composition of non-wood fuels can also be determined.
The specialized division „Bioenergy“ offers training courses to staff of heat plants and combined power and heat plants regarding the sampling of particulate material transported in lorries.
Consulting and evaluation services are offered for the preparation of sampling guidelines and the setting-up of facilities and equipment used for the sampling of incoming wood supplies.
Expert’s reports are prepared upon request and cover the areas of fuel quality, logistics and sampling of material. Special topics can be investigated in cooperation with other specialized divisions.
The development of standards for solid biofuels is actively influenced in national and international standardisation projects. Holzforschung Austria also considers the interests of industry and commerce in the standardisation process.