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Third Advisory Board Meeting

The final Advisory Board Meeting will be held in October 2013. All participants have already received their invitations.

The protocol of the Third Advisory Board Meeting will be available as soon as possible.


Second Advisory Board Meeting

International participants from legislative and public stakeholders, as well as from related industry have met with the project consortium members to discuss the outcome and dissemination of the BioCAT project on 20th March 2013 in Wieselburg.

After the introduction talk the project coordinator summarized the current project progress. Afterwards two presentations with project results were held. In the discussion session all members of the Advisory Board agreed that the current stove testing method does not reflect the real life operation of biomass fired heating appliances. In addition current thresholds in terms of VOC values are different in Europe. During the discussion Mr. Schmidl informed the participants about ongoing and planned research projects in the field of stove testing method improvement. 
Furthermore, the Advisory Board has discussed new technological developments to improve the emission level of firewood stoves to a range of pellet stoves. All members agreed that the introduction of an emission abatement technology (e.g. catalyst) must follow an optimization of the overall combustion appliance. Further development steps such as automatic combustion air control systems or flues gas fans leads to a significant improvement of the emission level especially in field operation. However, such systems lead to a dependence on electricity. The participants agreed that such systems are only interesting for stove manufacturers when they are needed due to changed thresholds.
Finally the members of the Advisory Board discussed efficient possibilities to disseminate the BioCat results. Next to a regular updated website the project results should be summarized in a video. This trailer can easily disseminate via the project and project partner homepages.

First Advisory Board Meeting

On 10th of July 2012 the Advisory Board Meeting of the BioCAT project was held in Wieselburg at the location of the project coordinator BIOENERGY2020+. The Advisory Board is an external strategic consultative group established to maintain the 'wider view' of the project. The members of the consortium and external stakeholders meet to give input and advisory in form of unanimous recommendations. This is to ensure that end-user and market needs, upcoming legal constraints and infrastructural aspects are jointly considered in the strategic recommendations for the BioCAT project.

After the introduction and welcome talk the participants got an overview of the BioCAT project. This included the project structure and the connection between the work packages.  In addition the planned dissemination work was presented.

The second part of the meeting was divided in different discussion sessions which were always started with a briefly keynote speech. The following shows the title and the presenter of the speeches:

  • Are secondary measures obligatory for small scale stoves? (Thomas Duquesne, Stûv S.A.)
  • The customer pays the bill – but how much? (Sebastian Köck, Rika Innovative Ofentechnik GmbH)
  • The introduction of a catalyst will have a decreasing effect on national and international thresholds? (Günter Dussing, Governmental Department of Enviromental Protection, Province of Salzburg)
  • Testing standards will have to change? (Hans Hartmann TFZ Straubing)

The following summary concludes the discussion sessions:

All members of the Advisory Board agreed that the introduction of an emission abatement technology (e.g. catalyst) must follow an optimization of the overall combustion appliance. This is in particular necessary to minimize the effect on emissions due to maloperation by the end user of such technologies. BioCAT therefore will assess the developed stove technologies as close as possible to the operation modes of an end user. The resulting emission levels of the technologies will then be disseminated to legislative and public stakeholders, so that the development efforts in stove technology will get visible. The gained methodological know-how will be brought to standardization groups. In particular results of the BioCAT project will be disseminated to VDI 33999 standardization group, which targets for the method development to test secondary particulate matter abatement technologies and to the working groups for EN13240 and EN13229, which describe the testing methods of stoves and inset appliances. Furthermore, the Advisory Board has discussed on recent developments in the eco design of EuP LOT15 (Solid Fuel Small Combustion) and a possible shift of stove and inset technologies to LOT20 (local room heating products), which was strictly declined by the Advisory Board members. Stoves and insets are used as primary heating device and have to be considered therefore as a solid fuel small combustion technology. Furthermore the members have agreed on stringent thresholds concerning emission levels and energy efficiency, which are expected under LOT15.