G08 - EneRAlp - Biogenic Waste Potentials


This project is conducted in cooperation with the alpS Centre for Climate Change Adaptation. Therefore, it is funded through the COMET programme of the BMVIT (Federal Ministry for Traffic, Innovation and Technology) and the BMWFJ (Federal Ministry for Economy, Family and Youth) and administrated by the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency). Further, alpS is co-funded by the Austrian Provinces of the Tyrol and Vorarlberg.

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Funding period: 04/2012 – 04/2015


Within the energy mix of the future, methane will play a major role as a universal and flexible energy source. Because of the extensive tourism in Tyrol a high amount of food waste and grease from canteens and kitchens are generated. On the one hand, these organic materials present an important resource for biogas plants. On the other hand they currently cause big technical problems in waste water treatment plants. One task of the project is the assessment of a newly developed system for the collection and preparation of food waste. In addition the material from grease separators at canteens should be made available for the direct utilization in biogas plants. By analysing the quality of the prepared food waste the potential of energy recovery will be evaluated. Furthermore, logistic concepts and waste collection systems will be optimized. Furthermore the vulnerability of these energy resources regarding their effects on climate change and in terms of their sustainability will be investigated.


  • University of Innsbruck, Institute of Environmental Engineering
  • University of Innsbruck, Institute for Microbiology
  • alpS - Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Technologies
  • MEIKO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG


University of Innsbruck
Univ-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Anke Bockreis
Technikerstrasse 13
6020 Innsbruck

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