|Aim of the project is to assess the possibility to replace the fossil fuels used in agriculture and forestry by biofeuls produced from biomass and biogenic residues and wastes in these sectors. In a first step a feasibility study will be carried out looking at a concrete project. This would include a 15 MW DFB gasification plant (Dual Fluid Bed), which is to be equipped as a real laboratory including a module for the production of FT diesel (Fischer Tropsch – Diesel) and a module for SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) natural gas). As feedstock for the production of diesel (ready to be filled into a tractor, fossil diesel 100% replaceable) and the production of SNG (feed-in into the natural gas network) wood and biogenic residues and waste materials from agriculture and forestry are foreseen.
This feasibility study is based on the latest valid technical standard with the experience of the previous industrial plants and considers a DFB (Dual Fluid Bed) gasification developed at TU Vienna, a suitable gas cleaning, a FT module and a SNG module. In addition to the technical elaboration, an economic assessment will also be carried out to assess the economic feasibility.
Subsequently, the feasibility study is intended to consider a total substitution of all fossil fuels in agriculture and forestry sector in Austria (including the roll-out of other plants all over Austria) and show which regulatory and economic framework conditions are necessary for its realization. The declared aim is to establish a (ideally cooperative) system in which farmers can produce their own fuels and do not need any supporting subsidies.
The final result will be whether such a project is technically and economically possible and what framework conditions are necessary for a wide roll-out of the technology to make it possible. |