Waste and Resource Management

The department "Waste and Resource Management" focuses on various issues of waste prevention, waste recycling and the sustainable use of resources in order to aid climate protection. We emphasize a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach as well as the development of integrated solutions. Thereby particular focus is laid upon the application of technology in various practical engineering tasks. This key aspect in our work is further supported by the fact that several of our staff members have worked in the private sector for a representative number of years. Also, we are proud of cooperations with several industrial partners.

Our project involves contributions from bachelor and master students. In this way the working group benefits from qualified students and at the same time students gain a practical training.

Research activities

  • Waste Treatment and Resource Management
  • National and International Waste Management
  • Mechanical and Biological Waste Treamtent (MBT)
  • Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and Composting
  • Pyrolysis
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Urban/Landfill Mining
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)


Projects

Project              Start
     End
         Description
             
AraFerm 2012   2017     Pretreatment of Substrates and Co-Ferments; Production of renewable energy from organic food waste in water purification plants – investigation of the impact on the technical and economical viability
             
Organic fraction from MSW 2014   2016     Evaluation of treatment processes for the separation of a organic fraction from mixed household waste for the utilisation in the digestor of a waste water treatment facility
             
Treatment of dry biowaste 2015   2015    
Assessment of treatment options for dry biowaste;
Feasibility study - technical and economical aspects
             
Biowaste for Co-Digestion 2015   2015    
Process options for the amendment of an existing composting facility with a separation of the wet organic from biowaste for the utilisation in the digestor of a waste water treatment facility;
Feasibility study - technical and economical aspects
             
Benchmarking in the Waste Management Sector
2013   
2015     Comprehensive assessment of the Austrian waste management infrastructure regarding the targets of the austrian waste management regulation (Abfallwirtschaftsgesetz). Development of scenarios for further improvement; Joint project of the universities TU Wien, BOKU Wien, TU Leoben und LFU Innsbruck
             
GastroFuel 2013   2015     Biogenic Waste Potentials - GastroFuel; Assessment of a newly developed system for the collection and preparation of food waste and grease separators from canteens for the direct utilisation in C-digestion plants; quality of the prepared food waste, logistics of collection, life-cycle analysis; in cooperation with Institute of Microbiology and developing company “MEIKO”
             
"Bioenergie aus der Küche" 2013   2014     Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and lifecycle costing of  different options  of the collection and utilisation of used cooking grease from households; e.g. biodiesel, combined heat and power, biogas plant
             
Pyramet 2013   
2014     Potentials of Biogenic Residual Materials - Pyramet; Development of an novel pyrolysis technology for the treatment of metal-rich wastes and biomass; investigation of the process efficiency, emissions, energy balance, life-cycle analysis; cooperation project with the developer of the pyrolysis technology
             
MBT demonstration plant Tunisia 2013   2014     Assessment of the viability of Mechanical-Biological Treatment for the treatment of tunisian waste; Supervision of MBT demonstration trials in Mjerda (Tunisia)
             
Biowaste treatment plant Roppen 2013   2014     Assessment of different biogas systems for the biowaste treatment plant Roppen – Feasibility study - technical and economical aspects
             
Landfill Mining 2013   
2013      Determination of the inventory of a landfill in Tyrol with valuable materials. Assessment of the economic feasability of a landfill mining
             
AshTreaT 2012    
2014     Wood Ash Recycling in Alpine Forest; Utilisation of biomass incineration bottom ash. Life-cycle analysis (LCA) on different treatment options and impact of the application in forests to the environment
             
BioGAP 2012   
2014     Biogas and Ash Processing; Potential of biomass incineration bottom ash for the upgrading of biogas
             
BioKasEn  2012   2013     BioKasEn - Cascading Approach of Biogenic Waste through Converting into Lactate up-front a Digestion Plant and the Assessment of the Impact on the Energy Efficiency
             

Ecological evaluation waste treatment (Karlsruhe)

 2012   2013     
             

Waste analysis Rhein-Lahn-Kreis

 2012   2013      Compositional analysis of the residual and packaging waste of the district of Rhein-Lahn Kreis
             

Ecological evaluation biowaste treatment (Starnberg-AWISTA)

 2012   2012      Life cycle anylsis of different treatment options of biowaste (source separated kitchen and garden waste)
             
Waste Management concept Wörgl 2012    2012      Development of a waste management strategy for the city of Wörgl
             
Eco Emballage (France) 2012    2012      Development of a process concept for the separation of plastics and metals from mixed household waste
             

Ecological evaluation compost plant (Würzburg)

 2011   2012      Ecological evaluation of different options for the biowaste treatment of the City of Würzburg
             
Symevad (France) 2011    2012      Technical due diligence of several propals for a mechanical-biological waste treatment plant (MBT) in France
             
South Africa 2011    2012      Development of a waste treatment concept for a treatment facility in Cape Town (South Africa)
             
Handbook waste characterisation 2011    2012      Development of a waste characterisation handbook with focus on analyses in developing and emerging countries and for the assessment in terms of recycling and production of refuse derived fuels
             
Reduction of chlorine in RDF  2011   2012      Investigations on options to reduce the chlorine content in refuse derived fuels (RDF)
             
MBT concept Tunisia 2011   2012      
             
MBT Norway 2010   2012     Consultancy on the design execution and evaluation of a trials on the treatment of MSW in Norway
             
MBT worldwide (Voith) 2010   2011     Study on the world-wide potential of mechanical biological treatment plants
             
Mechanical treatment pant Ahrental 2010   2010     Investigations on the performance of the mechanical waste treatment facility Ahrental (Innsbruck) with respect to mass balance and quality of the different products
             
Refitting of a biological waste treatment plant (Quarzbichl) 2009    2012     
             
Removel of contraries (Quarzbichl) 2009     2011