executives of Asian companies visit Gussing
At the end of October 2013 delegations of Asian companies visited Gussing to see the operating Hofbauer-Reactor, as they are eagerly interested to import this efficient and CO2-neutral technology in Thailand and in Japan. The delegations represented executives from Siam Cement Public Company Limited, Satake Corporation and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. .
A High-Renewables Tomorrow, Today: Güssing, Austria (Oct 8, 2013)
Bringing Economic Growth to a Dying Town
A small town in Austria that had no significant industry or trade business is now thriving thanks to local renewable resources.
Güssing (population: 4,000) sits in eastern Austria. In 1988 the region (population: 27,000) was one of the poorest districts in the country. It relied on agriculture, there was no transportation infrastructure, unemployment was high, and 70 percent of those who did have work were commuting to Vienna, 100 miles away. The town, where two-thirds of the working population was out of work and young people were moving away, was referred to as a dying town. Due to a lack of connections to the railway network and to the Austrian Autobahn (freeway) system, energy costs were extremely high. At the time the town of Güssing was said to be hardly able to afford its $8.1 million annual fossil fuel bill.
Several of the town leaders realized that $8 million dollars going to pay for fuel oil (mostly for heating) and other fossil fuels (such as coal for electricity) from outside the region could stay in the local economy if they could produce their own energy. However, they realized if they wanted to be energy self sufficient the first step was reducing energy use. In 1990, the town implemented an energy efficiency program, retrofitting all public buildings with new insulation and replacing all streetlights with energy-efficient bulbs, reducing energy expenditure in buildings in the town center by almost 50 percent.
With greatly improved efficiency, the town then adopted a policy calling for the complete elimination of the use of fossil fuels in all public buildings, in an attempt to keep more money in the local economy.
Heating with Local Resources
There is not a lot of wind in Güssing, but biomass is abundant—the town is surrounded by 133 hectares (328 acres) of forest. Some local residents, realizing that wood in the forest was decomposing and not being used, started to run a district heating station for six homes. With the success of that project, more small district heating systems were built. The mayor, who was looking for a way to revitalize the town, took notice. In 1996, the heating system was expanded to the whole town and was also generating electricity, all from renewable raw materials gathered from within a five-kilometer radius through sustainable forestry practices.
Then, in 2001, with the help of the federal government, Güssing installed a biomass gasification plant, that runs off of wood chips from wood thinned from the forest and waste wood from a wooden flooring company. This was the first utility-scale power plant of its kind in the world. The plant uses steam to separate carbon and hydrogen, then recombines the molecules to make a form of natural gas which fuels the city’s power plant. It produces on average 2 megawatts of electricity and 4.5 megawatts of heat, more than enough energy for the town’s needs, while only consuming one-third of the biomass that grows every year. The town also has a plant that converts rapeseed to biodiesel, which is carried by all the fueling stations in the district.
Becoming a Model Community
In 2007 the New York Times reported Güssing was the first community in the European Union to cut carbon emissions by more than 90 percent, helping it attract a steady stream of scientists, politicians, and eco-tourists. One year later, Güssing built a research institute focusing on thermal and biological gasification and production of second-generation fuels. That same year a solar manufacturer started producing PV modules in Güssing, producing 850 megawatts of modules a year and employing 140 people. Several other photovoltaic and solar thermal companies have relocated to Güssing, installing new demonstration facilities in the district.
The little town has become a net energy producer—generating more energy from renewables than it uses. Altogether, there are more than 30 power plants using renewable energy technologies within 10 kilometers of the village. Now the goal is to take the lessons from the small town of Güssing and make the entire 27,000-person district an energy-self-sufficient net producer.
Currently around 400 people come to Güssing each week to visit the numerous demonstration plants. Even Austria’s favorite celebrity, former California governor, and renewable energy advocate Arnold Schwarzenegger visited Güssing in 2012. “Güssing has become a green island,” he said when spoke at the Güssing renewable energy demonstration plant. “You have built your own district heating [system]. You are generating your own electricity. You are operating a biomass power plant, produce synthetic natural gas from wood and develop new fuels at the research lab. I have seen all of this with my own eyes. Everyone should follow your example. The whole world should become Güssing.”
The town now has 60 new companies, 1,500 new jobs, and annual revenues of $17 million due to energy sales, all resulting from the growth of the renewable energy sector. The downtown has been rebuilt and young people picture themselves staying there in the future. And other areas are following Gussing’s lead. More than 15 regions in Austria are now energy independent with regard to electricity, heating, and/or transportation. The town of Güssing has shown that not only is a high-renewables future possible, but also economically advantageous. Schwarzenegger must agree, because when he left he said, “I’ll be back.”
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GP Energy obtains ISO certifications
Joy Mukherjee, Managing Director of GP Energy, on this milestone: “I am pleased to inform you that with your blessings and active support, today GP Energy is a ISO 9001:2008 as well as ISO 14001:2004 certified company. We are pledged to serve our valued customers with quality products and services only.”
First refinance makes GRE projects bankable
CIMB, the global player in ASEAN banking, has approved the refinance of Thailand’s largest gasification project for green energy made from agricultural waste and wood biomass.
The project was promoted through a cooperation of Thai entrepreneur APT Energy Co. Ltd., a company of the Techawachara family, and the Austrian-based GRE group from Gussing, known for their carbon neutral energy solutions.
This project gives a state for many more to follow in the region under a program that aims to supply sustainable power production at the village level.
Thailand, which is widely dependent on import of energy, has initiated a nationwide effort to become energy independent.
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Recent activities and developments from our partner GP Energy, India
New order of a GP Gasifier, opening of a new division and technology supplier in the SPEED programme
GP Energy has bagged one order from Britannia Industries Limited, the leader of the Indian confectionary market with 40% market share and annual revenue of EUR315 million last financial year, for designing, supplying and operating a GP Gasifier, with gas burners, temperature control system and complete ETP system for its Madurai factory to replace 500 liters of oil per hour. Here, gas would be used for baking of biscuits with a temperature variation tolerance of only ± 3°C. The plant is expected to be commissioned by March, 2013
The Rockefeller Foundation has come forward and developed a unique programme called ‘SPEED’ (Smart Power for Environmentally Sound Economic Development) for powering rural India. The long term goal of SPEED is to contribute on the lives of poor and vulnerable population by providing clean energy to rural communities, thereby improving the quality of life and enhancing livelihood security. They have planned to implement successful pilot projects to 30 to 50 villages, to demonstrate sustainability of the project and to create variable conditions for scaling up to 1000 villages in India alone. The same activities are going to be replicated in 8 other countries, namely: Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan, Nigeria, Nepal, Ethiopia, Angola & Bangladesh under the same SPEED programme.
Looking at the enormous business opportunities, GP Energy has opened a new division named “Community Business Division”. Through this umbrella, GP Energy intends to market not only its own designed small gasifiers but would also like to trade other renewable energy solutions like Gasifier Stoves, Solar & Wind Turbine, wherever applicable.
To understand and to have a hands-on experience in rural electrification, GP Energy has partnered in the SPEED programme as a technology supplier and voluntarily adopted two un-electrified villages for supplying electricity as an ESCO. The capacities for such 2 plants would be in the order of 50 KWe and 150 KWe. This will also help GP Energy to demonstrate the GP Gasifier working as a decentralized power plant on a 24/7 basis. The projects are expected to be commissioned by June 2013.
Plant Presentation Ceremony of “Community Based Biomass Power Plant” in Nongbua, Thailand
The successful Cooperative between Thailand and Austria
On Wednesday, November 28th, 2012, Nongbua Green Power Co. Ltd., its management and owners as well as its employees had the honor to present the completed Biomass Gasification Power Plant to selected guests of the Governmental, Financial, Industry and Private Sector and the local community.
First speaker was H.E. Dr. Johannes Peterlik, Austrian Ambassador in Thailand: “When we look at what Gussing Renewable Energy here in Nongbua today produces, we have clean energy, we have good air and this is due to the fact, that this technology, which has been successful in Austria, is based on a different kind of fuel, a Biomass fuel which is clean energy and sustainable energy.”
In his inspiring speech H.E. expressed his trust in the Thai-Austrian ties and the Nongbua Project. Nongbua Green Power Co. Ltd. is the product of the successful co-operation of the Thai project developer APT Energy Co. Ltd. and its strategic partner Gussing Renewable Energy (Thailand) Co. Ltd., Thai subsidiary of the Austrian based specialist for gasification and renewable energy projects.
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Blue flare – Project “Powering Communities & Employing People” in Nongbua, Thailand
You may be very appreciative about this ! It shows the burning flare at Nongbua in the Nakorn Sawan province, Thailand! This is our success in Thailand. The gasification project works just fine and we now enter into the commissioning phase there.
In case there are still doubts about our (GRE) ability to start and complete a project, you are invited to have a look for yourself.
This project (1MW) was entirely equity financed and, since the milestones have been reached, it will now be refinanced by CIMB, a regional Thai bank and their investors.
Any comments? Any doubts this will work elsewhere in the world? The only reason a similar project does not work may be pure ignorance...
This sound is pure music threatening the disbelievers and crushing their arguments...
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Winners of the Gussing Renewable Energy & Great King City “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle” – contest
Gussing Renewable Energy and Great King City awarded the winning team in the “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle” – contest. The mission was to use a simple idea for everyday life to reuse, reduce and recycle waste. The award was given to “Team The Pub” at the Faculty of Industrial Education and Technology, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand for their concept to recycle a carton as a bag and a typo-lamp, a lamp made from old newspaper and plastic glass.
The winning team (2 persons) won a trip to Austria, for the launch-event “Great King City 2012” in Gussing, Austria, on September 28th, 2012.
Güssing Renewable Energy Successfully Operates Biogas Fuel Cell in Güssing, Austria
Installed ClearEdge Power Fuel Cell System Successfully Operates on CARE FUEL, Güssing’s Sustainably Cultivated Biogas
Güssing Renewable Energy GmbH, a leading provider of carbon-neutral energy solutions today announced that the first stage of its fuel cell deployment in Güssing, Austria has been completed. In partnership with ClearEdge Power, a leading provider of fuel cell micro-CHP (combined heat and power) systems, a ClearEdge fuel cell system was installed and configured to operate off of Güssing’s CARE FUEL biomethane supply generated sustainably from regional residual biomass. The two companies announced today that the system has successfully been up and running at its full 5 kW capacity since August, 20, 2012.
“This is a very significant milestone for Güssing Renewable Energy GmbH and its CARE FUEL biomethane, ClearEdge Power, and the entire renewable energy market,” said Michael Dichand, Chairman, Güssing Renewable Energy. “Communities no longer want to rely on energy from unpredictable regions or technologies. ClearEdge fuel cells have provided an efficient way for us to use the clean biomethane fuel we are generating via our gasification plants and converting it to usable power and heat for our community. ClearEdge Power has been a terrific partner in helping us meet our carbon-neutral goals. Now that we have successfully demonstrated the viability of operating the ClearEdge system off of biomethane generated in Güssing’s sustainably cultivated biomass facilities, we feel confident moving forward with the subsequent stages of our agreement, including the installation of 8.5 MW of fuel cell systems in Austria over the next three years and 50 MW installed by 2020, which will create cost-effective energy security for the region.”
“Güssing Renewable Energy is at the cutting-edge of environmental sustainability and the successful deployment of our fuel cell system using their biomethane supply further demonstrates the viability of ClearEdge Power’s system within the renewable energy space,” said ClearEdge Power CEO, David B. Wright. “The use of biomethane to power our system allows us to offer our customers an even larger environmental impact, beyond the 41% carbon reduction that our system currently offers. This milestone clearly illustrates the timeliness of ClearEdge Power and Güssing Renewable Energy’s products in helping to build a more secure, green energy supply in the U.S. and abroad,” commented David B. Wright. After the successful deployment in Austria, we are excited to move forward with our international expansion plans with Güssing as our trusted partner in the European market.”
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- July 31: Press Conference at the Clean Energy Expo in Bangkok, Thailand. Hosted by the Federation of Thai Industry
- September 9: World Bank Conference in Nepal on MSW management
- September 12 - 14: Clean Energy Expo Asia in Bangkok, Thailand
- September 28: Great King City press conference on the European Launch in Gussing, Austria
- October 10 - 13: IGEM – International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water
Hermann Hofbauer: Linneborn Prize 2012
The prize is awarded to him for his outstanding contribution and leadership for over 30 years in developing and in market introduction of several important technologies for energy carrier production and sustainable energy generation from biomass by thermochemical methods. Especially his work on producing syngas from biomass by dual zone circulating fluid bed gasification attracted worldwide attention and admiration.
Its implementation for combined cycle energy generation in Güssing was an important step in reaching a share of almost 100% renewable energy in this South East Austrian town, provided hundreds of new jobs, flourishing businesses attracted scientists and business people from all over the world and even enhanced tourism.
Professor Hofbauer has been and still is active in many international networks and advisory committees, chairman of scientific boards, in the different IEA-groups as member or Austrian delegate and in the executive committee. He is also key-researcher at the competence center “Bioenergy 2020” Gasification. Hermann Hofbauer is often invited at international congresses on biomass and appreciated as an authoritative speaker, a friendly and wise colleague and an effective promoter of biomass energy.
Next to all this he also paid a lot of attention to educating young people, had leading positions in management of education and general administration at the University of Technology in Vienna.
The European Linneborn Prize was established in 1994 for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass. The Prize is named in honour of Johannes Linneborn, a pioneer of wood gasification. Deeply rooted in human ethics, he had far reaching visions on the world’s development, on health, transport and agriculture.
On behalf of Gussing Renewable Energy we congratulate Univ. Prof. DI Dr. Hermann Hofbauer for this great award and we look forward to continue the close collaboration.
Gussing Renewable Energy congratulates the winners of the Great King City design contest
On June 20th, 2012 Muang Thai Life Assurance Co., Ltd., in association with Gussing Renewable Energy (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and Nok Air, Ltd. hosted an event in Bangkok, Thailand to announce the winners of a design contest. The goal of the competition was to create a new play mode in the “Great King City” facebook application with the theme “What is sufficient”.
The committee was looking for creative ideas and the ability to develop and apply knowledge on sustainable energy to create a mini-game. The mini-games continue to promote the concept of sufficiency and economy as well as the modern theory of His Majesty to teach children and young people “a better quality of life”.
Mr. Tanat Jirawarasirikul, Director of Great King City: “Great King City is a social game that is available on the online social network Facebook and is led by the concepts of sufficiency, economy and the modern theory of His Majesty. The urban agriculture, livestock, small to large scale and principles of life are the core ideas of Great King City. In recent years, the application Great King City has registered over 100,000 users.”
Mr. Wachirapon Kempinitpon, Senior Vice President, Muang Thai Life Assurance Co., Ltd.: “We believe that the Thai people who have creative ideas and are given the opportunity, are ready to develop their skills into a profession. Therefore we decided to support Great King City and give young talented people this opportunity.”
Mr. Michael Dichand, founder and chairman of Gussing Renewable Energy: “It is 8 years ago since the sustainability theory of His Majesty your King has caught me with positive surprise. It is 2 years ago that an article on playful learning in the Bangkok Post has caught my attention. Today most of the world has got the message that sustainability is our human responsibility. After Khun Tanat and his team have introduced me to the digital version of that Royal Sustainability Theory, I made it my goal to introduce them to the real life Thai practice of sustainability, of embracing the natural cycle in their own land and life:
Between Bangkok and Pattya, there is a ranch called The Horseshoe Point, where a tangible experience of that Sustainable Wheel of Life can be made by everyone, who wants to go beyond the theory of a Facebook game, on an everyday basis.
You the users, the participants of the game draw from that experience every time you play the game. This is what sets Great King City apart from the other games that may be less realistic in their approach. That Theory of Sustainibility that stands behind that game is actually common practice and already exists at select locations here in Thailand. The people in the cities have to understand, respect and support the people in their farms, at the enterprises and in the industries. Games like the Great King City help to support such understanding and cooperation.”
Gussing Renewable Energy congratulates the winners of the contest:
Mrs. Aticha Tongchai and Mr. Atakorn Eitidaetsri of the University of Chiang Mai, for the mini-game “Having fun with growing vegetables”. The two students received a scholarship of 100,000 Baht as well a one-year subscription to the “Computer Arts” Magazine.
"The Medical Volunteer having fun game" Tree Wan Crack World Tree Team members' achievements, Mr. Tanachai Yeampol, Mrs. Sasikan Pengsombut , Mrs. Achariyaporn Hongsa , Faculty of digital media from Sriphatum University.
"King rain game" by Cooldown team: Mr. Sisitchai Panyatip, Mr. Gosin Tanakekul , Mr. Chatchalom Ketsawatright, faculty of Information Technology and Computer game multimedia at Rungsit University.
"New Theory of Agriculture" by Brain team: Mr. Sukit Jitchop, faculty of Information Technology, Turakit Bundit University.
"Management environment Game " by Addchild team: Mr. Watit Tantihamon, Mr. Surasan Arapom, Mr. Sarunyu Musikasin, faculty of digital media, Sriphapum University.
"A nursery fish game" by The Duck team.
"Grow plan Game Fun" by Xerosmile team .
"Royal rain game" by Sunnyday team.
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Papua New Guinea visits Gussing
The Papua New Guinean ambassador to the European Union, Peter Maginde and the economic advisor to the government Theoadore Yawanis visited Gussing to learn about the Gussing Model and GREGs range of energy technologies.
Implementing GREG feedstock management and gasification expertise and technologies for local renewable power will foster sustainable development for the People of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Hospitals, schools, public buildings and private households will get reliable power from locally available waste wood and municipal solid waste (MSW).
To render PNG truly energy independent GREG and the government owned KPPA (Konebada Petroleum Park Authority) will establish a training program.
To formally establish cooperation between the KPPA and GREG the two parties signed an MOU (memorandum of understanding) at the end of the visit.
After Schwarzenegger, US ambassador visits Gussing
Ambassador Eacho III was especially interested in the cooperation of the Austrian Partnership between GREG and ClearEdge Power, who is an American manufacturer of a micro fuel cell (CE5+) which is soon to be available in Europe. The CE5+ is capable of producing heat and power from local biogas or natural gas and is a key component for the realization of the “Personal Power Plant” which makes available the production of local as well as distributed energy production.
Demonstration of the Hofbauer Reactor in Woodlands, California, USA
Gussing Renewable Energy America Inc. (GREA) and West BioFuels LLC (WBF) of California have signed an agreement to demonstrate the Hofbauer Reactor in Woodlands, California, USA. The current Pyrox gasification unit will be modified to a 1 MW thermal Fast Internally Circulating Fluidized Bed (FICFB) gasifier. The modifications will take place during this summer so that the new plant will be operational by late fall.
GREA and WBF were recently successful in being awarded $2 million from the California Energy Commission’s Emerging Technology Demonstration program entitled “Demonstration of Advanced Biomass CHP systems”. Further funding will be provided by WBF and the University of California – Discovery program to demonstrate CHP production from agriculture waste biomass. In addition, the parties are seeking funding for liquid fuels production from biomass, through Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, to support commercial projects in North America.
This project is an international transfer of knowledge between Gussing Renewable Energy America Inc., West BioFuels LLC, the Vienna University of Technology, the University of California, Consulectra Unternehmensberatung GmbH from Hamburg, Germany, Gussing Renewable Energy GmbH from Gussing, Austria and Biomasse Kraftwerk Gussing, Austria.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger visits Gussing
With high media interest Arnold Schwarzenegger paid a visit to Gussing yesterday. Mayor Peter Vadasz and Federal Minister for the Environment Niki Berlakovich, supported by the brass music band of Gussing, welcomed and accompanied him to visit the Biomass Gasification Plant and the laboratory facilities of the Technikum.
Here the former politician was introduced to the newest developments by Managing Director Reinhard Koch and Professor Hermann Hofbauer. Afterwards at the press-conference, he voiced his enthusiasm about the success story of Gussing: “Half a world apart from each other, we in California and you in Gussing have worked on the same cause: on positive energy!”
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Floodings in Bangkok
Dear clients, friends, partners and associates,
given the fact that the Gussing Group maintains a permanent office in Bangkok, we would like to provide you with a direct and unbiased report on the flood situation, which is in the focus of the international media these days.
A longer and more intensive than usual rain season has caused severe flooding in the northern and central plains of Thailand. As this occurred over a period of more than three months, in what can be described as slow but steadily build up of significant amounts of water (some meteorologists account several billion cubic meters), the situation peaked in the first week of October. To make matters worse, the largest hydro power plants had to release water as they reached critical levels. Due to the natural flow into the Golf of Siam it passes the central region and the capital Bangkok.
Due to the centralized organization of administration and commerce in Thailand, severe flooding of Bangkok, and there again the inner city business district, would bring the country to a standstill and most likely a collapse of the elected government. Therefore the government and administrative agencies were and are trying to shield this part from the water masses. This happens at the cost of all already submerged areas, as this shield of watergates and dykes, slows the natural flow of the water into the Gulf.
What can be said as per today is that the worst seems to be behind us, but the uncoordinated and somehow contradicting flow of information created a depressive and chaotic situation to be felt by all local parties. The damage in the agricultural sector will be felt internationally by a higher price for rice and other crops. The submerged industrial estates, manufacturing more then 1/4 of the worlds CPU's, unveiled again how interlinked and dependent this globalized economy is. If and to what extend the international business community will turn its back on Thailand is to be seen, and could have a major impact on the political and social development of this country.
Gussing Renewable Energy was able to protect all its current projects and their developments, and we are happy to state that even our project in the devastated province of Nakhon Sawan will only be delayed by eight weeks until commissioning in March 2012.
As emergency response, and in order to demonstrate once more our competence in supplying basic needs to people, we are supplying a GOODWATER machine to provide drinking water to those in need (while stocks last).
Our office remains open, and we are happy to provide you further information upon request: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The team of Gussing Renewable Energy Thailand Co. Ltd.
Bangkok, October 30th, 2011
The wait is over – New website 2011
Welcome to our new website!
We have completely revised the content and made the information more easily accessible through the new navigation.
The relaunch was coordinated and realized by our multimedia partner “1komma6”. “1komma6” also operates the internet portal GreenTech-Germany.
Thank you for your patience, we are sure it was worth the wait.