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Siemens: "Energiestar" award for AMAG project Cluster-News: July 2018

AMAG is a global player and supplier of primary aluminium and semi-finished aluminium products. It’s "Energy Efficiency Flagship Project" received the "Energiestar" award in the category "Large Scale Energy Innovation". As part of the aluminium casting process, the aluminium ingots are cooled. In the project planned by Siemens, the heat is recovered and temporarily stored in a 28 m high buffer tank. The energy is used to heat the buildings and halls with the support of two heat pumps. This project enables a 35 % reduction of the natural gas consumption and heat savings of 17,000,000 kWh.

Partner: Siemens AG Österreich, Building Technologies

Capatect: "Energiestar" award Cluster-News: July 2018

The project "School Refurbishment: Hemp goes to School" in the municipality of Pabneukirchen received the "Energiestar" award in the category "Energy Innovation at local Level". In addition to connecting the school to the local biomass-fuelled district heating network, installing a 30 kW PV system and renovating the building’s technologies and 148 windows, a focus was placed on the external thermal insulation. The 1,920 m² facade was equipped with 20 cm of hemp insulation panels by Capatect. Energy savings of over 60 % were achieved through the use of hemp-based insulating material as an alternative to conventional products - permitting savings of around 16,000 Euro/year in heating cost.

Partner: Capatect Baustoffindustrie GmbH

Young Energy Researchers Award 2017 Cluster-News: July 2018

The winner of the Young Energy Researchers Award 2017 is Fabian Moisl for his diploma thesis "Profitability analysis of operational strategies of battery energy storage systems". Fabian Moisl grew up in Hellmonsödt/Upper Austria, graduated from the HTL Linz LiTec and is currently working at the Vienna University of Technology. The excellent work examines the different possibilities of using battery storage systems and contributes to the optimised integration of renewable energy forms into the overall energy system.

Info: Young Energy Researchers Award 2017 (in German)

Partner: OÖ Energiesparverband

Wallner Automation: controller VoltoPlus Cluster-News: July 2018

Wallner Automation developed the energy controller "VoltoPlus" that enables the optimised use of surplus generated PV electricity for own consumption. The device works independently from the inverter, electricity metre or pulse generator. Thanks to the integrated measuring unit, VoltoPlus can detect the currents, voltages and capacities and switch the different energy flows accordingly.

Partner: Wallner Automation GmbH

Guntamatic: biomass hybrid systems and e-filter technology Cluster-News: July 2018

In combination with PV and electric vehicles, Guntamatic's "Hybrid" pellet heat pump offers homeowners a high degree of independence and contribution to environmental protection. Hybrid log wood heat pumps offer convenience to farmers with PV systems. Furthermore, Guntamatic now also offers its pellet, log wood and wood chips systems with electrostatic precipitator technology.
In addition, Guntamatic developed the new hybrid pellet heat pumps "BMK Hybrid" (for 1/2 m wood logs) and "Bio Hybrid" (for 1/3 m wood logs and smaller buildings).

Partner: GUNTAMATIC Heiztechnik GmbH

Scheuch: extension of product range Cluster-News: July 2018

The manufacturer of waste management systems, IPE Produktionsgesellschaft für Entsorgungssysteme, became part of the Scheuch Group at the starting of 2018. IPE offers filter systems, extraction systems and briquetting presses for the woodworking sector. These systems entend the Scheuch LIGNO product range, above all with mobile dust extractors and stationary extraction systems that are modular and flexible where limited space is available.

Partner: Scheuch GmbH

Einsiedler Solartechnik: stainless steel solar shower Cluster-News: July 2018

Einsiedler Solartechnik now offers its patented vacuum solar showers in stainless steel. The solar shower is based on the principle of vacuum storage. Vacuum is a very suitable thermal insulation due to its minimal heat emission to the surroundings. For this new product, the fittings, shower rail, cover and shower head are completely made of stainless steel. The shower has a conversion efficiency of solar energy of 92 %. Even on cloudy or rainy days, the water heats up to 65 °C.

Partner: Einsiedler Solartechnik GmbH

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