Heating and Exhaust Systems
Heating systems which use solid fuel, in particular, firewood and pellets, are increasingly popular. Not only do such appliances provide comfort but wood is a renewable and carbon neutral fuel. Nowadays, during the energy transition, wood is a traditional yet extremely modern source of energy. However, current research shows that small-scale biomass heating systems represent a significant source of a wide range of harmful substances which pose a special hazard to health; for example, soot, particulate matter, PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and other gaseous components. As it is not always possible to avoid these harmful substances during the combustion process, further measures are necessary for the complex after treatment of exhaust gases.
The general topic of our research activities is: the avoidance and reduction of harmful substance emissions in small-scale heating systems. In order to reach this goal, we are strongly committed to researching combustion and harmful substance formation processes, as well as developing innovative technology for the reduction of exhaust components. At our fuel burning combustion systems test station, we develop new testing methods and carry out official inspections, and suitability and quality tests on chimney systems and solid or fluid fuel burning appliances.