Company: ÖkoFen Forschungs- und Entwicklungs Ges.m.b.H.
Location: Lembach & Niederkappel, Austria
The decentralized generation of energy by means of micro-cogeneration is currently one of the central energy concerns. The advantage lies in a more efficient use of energy, since the heat is used not only for the generation of electricity, but also for the room heat. So far, however, there are only systems that use fossil fuels for electricity and heat generation.
ÖkoFEN, based in Niederkappel / Upper Austria. is currently working intensively on the development of a series-produced electricity-producing pellet heating system. This pellet power plant is to enable green electricity generation in-house. A free-piston Stirling engine from the manufacturer Microgen Engine Corporation from England - as it is also used as standard in conventional gas-fueled micro-CHPs from well-known manufacturers - is used for generating electricity. In the market-ready product, the Stirling engine, which is integrated in a pellet heating system, delivers 1 kilowatt of electrical energy and thus covers a major part of the day's electricity demand of a household.
The communication strategy was just as innovative as the project itself: the term "open innovation" provides all interested parties with an insight into the progress of the project. For this purpose, www.okofen-e.com has set up its own website on which the current project status can be followed.
Further information: www.okofen-e.com.