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Increasing biomass of Silphium perfoliatum L. for energy production in Austria

Project Leader
Kaul Hans-Peter, BOKU Project Leader
Contact person:
Liebhard Peter
Klima- und Energiefonds
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
AGES - Österreichische Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit GmbH, Spargelfeldstraße 191, 1220 Wien, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator
Biogas Strem Errichtungs- und BetriebsGmbH & Co KG, Feldgasse 27, 7522 Strem, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner

Further information:

Eder Michael, Sub Projectleader
Liebhard Peter, Sub Projectleader
Bochmann Günther, Sub Projectleader
Montgomery Lucy, Sub Projectleader (bis 31.01.2017)
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Environmental Biotechnology
Institute of Agricultural and Forestry Economics (AFO)
Institute of Agronomy
Raising biomassproduction with cup plant for energy use in Austria – WP 5 economic evaluation
Raising biomassproduction with cup plant for energy use in Austria – WP 4 biogas
Funded by
Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Sensengasse 1, 1090 Wien, Austria
The central objective of the project “Bioenergy-Silphium” is an increase in bioenergy production in Austria by enhancing the sustainable biomass production with Silphium perfoliatum L. for energetic use without reducing the existing areas for human or animal food production. The productive yet undemanding perennial plant is an interesting option not only for areas that are already used for biomass production but also for areas that are currently used only to a limited extent or not at all. On the basis of results obtained by the Thüringer Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft (Centre for Agriculture of the Land of Thuringia), solutions are conceived so as to better use potentials for biomass and energy yield. At the same time the objectives of minimizing erosion, emissions, and pollution of ground and surface waters by nutrient input are pursued.
agronomy; crop husbandry; agricultural ecology; renewable energy; renewable resources; interdisciplinary agriculture and forestry; agricultural managerial economics; Fermentation;
bioenergy; Silphium;
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