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Keeping energy down on the farm

The new gasification plant being developed at Vienna’s University of Technology is small enough to be built on site at large olive plantations and olive presses. The energy it produces is intended for use within the olive oil enterprise.

“It’s important that you use the energy nearby the plant where you generate the residues so the plan is to cover the electricity demand and the heat demand of the olive oil mill with the gasification of these residues,” says Müller, adding that it also relieves the olive processors of the cost of disposing of their residues.

Some olive pomace is already burnt as a fuel in olive producing areas of Europe however Müller’s aim is to analyze the residue and fully investigate its energy potential. Other uses for pomace include compost and fertiliser.

This shiny contraption converts biomass into gas

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