Two world firsts in the Science Tower

The 60 metre high, SFL technologies Science Tower, with its pioneering green technologies, acts as a flagship for the Smart City Graz throughout the world: The façade is the first in the world to use large surface area energy glazing with Grätzel cells and thin glass “made in Styria”. A mobile PV sunshade marks the time on the “sundial clock tower” and uses 100% solar energy to supply electricity and heating through the SFL energygrid. Housed within the 14 floors of the flagship tower are a host of Green Tech Cluster partners working on the development of new technologies. More →




Green heating for Strasbourg

The Büro für Erneuerbare Energie Ing. Leo Riebenbauer, engineering office for renewable energy, was instrumental in the planning of the biomass local district heating system in Strasbourg, as a Europe-wide flagship project. The data for the system are impressive. 22 pellet plants have been intelligently connected for a combined heating output of 5.5 MW. A total of 1500 apartments are heated. This clean biomass heating system will save 25 million litres of heating oil over 10 years. More →




Turbines for the world’s largest pumped-storage power plant

The international technology group ANDRITZ has won a contract for the supply of two variable-speed pump turbines for the world's largest pumped-storage power plant. The underground hydroelectric power plant in Fengning, China, will have a peak output of 12 x 300 MW units (3600 MW), dwarfing all existing such power plants. The largest pumped-storage power station operating in Austria (the Malta main stage in Carinthia) in comparison has a peak output of 730 MW. It is planned to complete the project in 2021. More →




New recycling process for circuit boards

The Styrian business start-up, UrbanGold, has received a unique contract from Russia for an UrbanGold Compact system. The contract means that a new process will be used for the first time to extract high-purity copper, nickel, gold, silver and platinum from old circuit boards. The process also enables WEEE (electrical and electronic waste) and WEEE concentrates, as well as special metals to be processed 100%. The plant near Moscow will start up in 2018, and will process around 6,000 tonnes of PCBs per year. More →




Safe battery recycling

Lithium-ion batteries are used in many everyday and household appliances, ranging from e-bikes to smartphones. However, they pose a fire hazard due to the high self-ignition risk and require particularly careful handling. For this reason, Saubermacher has now introduced a specially developed case onto the market for the safe storage and transport of lithium-ion batteries. The development time took 6 months and was carried out within the scope of the FFG project Bat-safe, initiated by the cluster. More →




New: Machinery rental service from Komptech

The Sharing Economy now even extends to the green technology sector. Komptech is an international supplier of technology for mechanical and biological treatment of solid waste and biomass, and it is now offering a rental service for selected shredders, screening machines and separators from its product range. Customers have the choice of either a short-term rental of a few days or a long-term lease for several months. A complete service, including maintenance and wear parts, is also included. This will enable companies to cover peaks in the order book or to test new technologies. More →




Graz business start-up recycles ex-government service aircraft

Scrapped passenger aircraft are a real gold mine for scrap metal and recycling companies. The Graz business start-up “Schrott24” has recently been able to secure two such pensioned-off aircraft for recycling. In collaboration with a Slovakian partner, the two Airbus 310 aircraft, formerly in service with the Belgian government, will be professionally dismantled. Schrott24 takes over responsibility for on-line marketing of some 100 tonnes of aircraft-grade aluminium, titanium, copper, steel and special alloys that arise. The contract demonstrates how digital platforms, like the one provided by Schrott 24, are increasingly moving into traditional B2B trading areas such as the scrap metal industry. More →




Styrian sensor system for more efficient aero engines

The Institute of Aeronautics at the Joanneum University of Applied Sciences and the young enterprise CBOne have developed a contactless sensor system, which provides a real-time view into the combustion chamber of modern operational turbocharged aero engines. In addition to facilitating reduction of emissions and fuel consumption, the system also reduces the maintenance requirement. The latest findings of the research project were presented at the international “ASME Turbo Expo” conference in North Carolina. It is expected that the technology will in future be introduced for use with all operational aircraft engines. More →




Fortune 500 company establishes new R&D site in Graz

The Chinese Fortune 500 company, Midea, is building a research and innovation centre in Graz. The new site is equipped with modern laboratories for electrical engineering, chemical and application technology. The focus of the research is on Innovation, Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing as well as other areas. The objective of the centre is to conduct research and development into ultra-modern and efficient compressors. The choice of Styria for the site was due to its recognition as an important centre for R&D in Europe. More →




High-tech waste recovery for China

The recycling specialist REDWAVE will be extending a waste incineration plant, located to the north of Shanghai, with an upstream system for treatment of household waste. Household waste in China presents a particular challenge as it has a high water content with a low calorific value. Using the new mechanical biological waste treatment (MBT), the calorific value will be increased and the residual moisture content in the waste reduced. After various processing steps, this produces a homogeneous high-quality alternative fuel. More →




The green power station for the balcony

Soon household balconies may not just be growing herbs, tomatoes and peppers, but also sprouting forth mini PV power stations. The Graz based start-up company, E2T, has developed a domestic plug & play power storage unit, which can be easily installed on the balcony, on the wall or on the roof. The system stores electrical power and releases it fully automatically when power is required. Approximately the size of a beer crate, a single one of these plug-and-play storage stations can cover around 25% of the domestic power requirement. The aim of the young start-up is to make photovoltaics affordable for every European citizen. This works through the use of standardised components and the elimination of complex planning and installation effort. More →




ANDRITZ becomes a new shareholder of the Green Tech Cluster

The international technology group ANDRITZ takes a shareholding in the Green Tech Cluster, further strengthening Styria as a hotspot for energy and environmental technology innovation. As an industry leader, the group wants to promote digital initiatives and collaboration with entrepreneurial companies within the cluster. The Green Tech Cluster is also growing further, and has reached 200 members for the first time. More →




Novel film for photovoltaics

ISOVOLTAIC is launching a new backing film made from coextruded polypropylene (PP) for the photovoltaic industry. The PP materials used form the core layer and the outer layers of the backing film. These extend the service life of PV modules and ensure high operational reliability. As adhesive layers are not used for the backing film, the risk of delamination between the individual film layers is eliminated. This new product innovation has been developed jointly with the plastic specialist Borealis and is manufactured near Graz. More →




World record all down to Styrian technology

The specialist plant engineering supplier, Andritz, has helped break a new world record with a hydroelectric power plant in Canada. Although the plant is relatively compact, it still houses the world's largest permanent magnet generators (ECOBulbTM turbines). The four turbines each deliver 8 MW and supply around 20,000 households in the Canadian capital city with green energy. The contract has an overall value of 20 m. euros. More →




World première – The first Austrian electric commercial vehicle

The starting pistol has been fired for series production of the first Austrian electric commercial vehicle. The small commercial vehicle from SFL Technologies, named ELI, has been developed specifically for municipalities and is operated completely by electric power making it totally free from emissions. ELI is made 100 percent from Styrian components and is the first Austrian electric vehicle to receive European type approval for road use. Even the manufacture of this innovative product is also carried out using green technologies. Production takes place in a specially constructed hall with solar panels and photovoltaic modules on the roof, which produce more energy than is actually required. More →




Styrian innovation in use all around the world

Andritz has won a €60 million contract for the modernisation of a hydroelectric power station in Ukraine. Once the water turbines and power generators have been renewed, the Dnipro 1 power plant will contribute more than 15% of the country's electricity supply. The expertise of the Styrian plant engineering manufacturer is also being used in Upper Austria. A new cross-flow impactor shredder has been delivered for use in Europe’s most modern refrigerator recycling plant at UFH RE-cycling. The machine, manufactured in Graz, is the heart of the recycling plant and crushes refrigeration units in order to obtain valuable secondary raw materials. More than 90 percent of these are then recycled as materials. More →




Novel Styrian generators for the Big Apple

The global metropolis of New York also relies on Styrian expertise. Mobile transformers, developed and manufactured by Siemens in Weiz, should now make the American power grid more resilient to unforeseen power outages. Designed as plug-and-play units, due to their minimal installation time of just 3 days, the transformers will particularly show off their advantages during natural catastrophes or grid outages. Environmental sustainability has also not been forgotten by the Styrian manufacturer of electrical plants. The transformers use insulating fluids that are plant based. More →




Supercapacitors for electric cars

A team of researchers associated with the Montanuniversität Leoben has succeeded in developing a new technology for improved investigation of the processes occurring in electrical capacitors and the consequent optimisation of capacitor performance. The increased use of alternative energy sources and the growing demand for electric vehicles have triggered enormous advances in research within the field of energy storage. Within this, supercapacitors are particularly seen as a future add-on to conventional batteries. The secret of supercapacitors lies in the internally positioned electrodes of highly porous plastic. These make it possible to store a lot of energy. More →




The new address for green innovation

The Green Tech Cluster has moved into its new office in the Science Tower at Waagner-Biro-Strasse 100, 8020 Graz, and is breathing life and soul in to this hotspot for green technology with further leading market performers from Styria. The new premises consist of a large modern office and a meeting room equipped with state-of the-art technology. Ideas are best nurtured through personal discussion with the appropriate partners and we therefore would be pleased to welcome you to our new office in the Science Tower. More →




New waste water separation system

Modern waste water treatment plants filter nutrients, degradable organic compounds, and solids from waste water as well as micro-impurities. However, a multitude of potentially harmful substances are not biologically degraded or adsorbed and can thus enter the environment. SPIN Tec GmbH is currently developing a new way to remove these organic traces and micro-impurities through a process that combines membrane separation with an adsorption stage. The aim is the extended separation of anthropogenic trace elements from biologically purified wastewater. More →



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