New MUL research studio for methanisation of CO2 

Three new research studios created with a focus on energy

Energy research initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs supports the translation of basic research into competitive eco-innovations for the market

An international jury of experts has now approved three new research studios within the framework of the energy research initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs. “These are small and flexible research units which are to develop a competitive eco-innovation for the market within three years of their foundation,” says Reinhold Mitterlehner, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy. “The efficient use of energy reduced CO2 emissions and makes our industry even more competitive internationally.” The new research studios will be funded for the three-year period with 2.1 million euros.

The main objective of the energy research initiative, whose honorary patron is the noted biologist and physicist Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, is the implementation of prototypes and demonstration systems for possible large-scale industrial deployment. The various developments receiving support are innovative methods and processes working towards industrial use of CO2, which will contribute to improving Austria’s CO2 balance.

Distinguished jury recommends support for three research studios

On the recommendation of an international jury of experts chaired by Franz Josef Radermacher, Vice President of the European Ecosocial Forum and member of the Club of Rome, the following studios will receive funding:

* The “CARBORG” studio, submitted by the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), is pursuing the development of an innovative “green” process to produce organic carbonate – based on direct synthesis of CO2 and alcohols.
* The “EE Methane from CO2” studio, submitted by the Montan University of Leoben, is working on the development of a catalytic process to methanise CO2 from industrial sources.
* The “OptFuel” studio, submitted by the Verein Energieinstitut [Energy Institute Association] at the Johannes Kepler Universität of Linz, is addressing the development of a new type of process to process biogenic residues and convert them into various energy carriers with the use of surplus electricity.

As part of the Energy Research Initiative, a further two million euros are available up to 31 May 2013 for funding applications under the basic programmes of the Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft [FFG, Austrian Research Promotion Agency].

Source: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft, Familie und Jugend