Department of Environmental
and Energy Process Engineering
– Chair of Waste Processing Technology
and Waste Management
– Chair of Waste Treatment Technologies
Organisation and structure
Montanuniversitaet Leoben is well-known as one of the best Universities in Austria and undertakes high-quality research in a wide range of technological areas (material science& technology, metallurgy, geophysics, mineral resources & petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer engineering, sustainable waste management and technology, structural and functional ceramics, etc.). This means that the different research areas are mainly focused along the “added value chain”, from the extraction of raw materials and their preparation, material & product development, production processes, manufacturing, building components/plants up to recycling and deposition. Services of Montanuniversitaet Leoben embrace R&D for SMEs, for industry as well as for public institutions. Additionally Montanuniversitaet Leoben participates in setting-up of national competence centres, CD laboratories, research studios as well as takes part in a high number of national, European and international research projects.
The Chair of Waste Treatment Technologies and Landfilling, presented by the O.Univ.Prof.Dipl.-Ing.Dr.techn. Karl E. Lorber, and Chair of Waste Processing Technology and Waste Management, presented by the Univ.Prof.Dipl.-Ing.Dr.mont. Roland Pomberger, deal with national and international waste management and waste technology projects. The Institute´s team consists of ten scientific assistants and owns laboratory for environmental analysis accredited according to ISO 17025. The laboratory is equipped with effective analysis of waste water, soil, waste products, residual materials and process parameter.
In fact production and consumption without waste are de facto not possible (yet). Waste management copes with the task of material processing and thermal utilization or professional disposal of wastes. Waste avoidance and waste reduction are also part of the objectives of waste management which can only be implemented by regulating interference along the value chain.
A multitude of research projects deals with avoidance/reduction, utilization and disposal is realized in cooperation with different partners.
Activities and focus areas
The main goals of the chairs are:
- Material waste recovery = Recycling (examination of recycling rates for different waste sorts (e.g. WEEE), recycling of waste water and its re-usage in different processes, storage, transport and treatment of Lithium-Ion-Batteries etc.)
- Thermal waste treatment/recovery (e.g. waste incineration technology, examination of pollutions (14C-radio carbon method) and quality assurance for used wastes, application of Refuse Derived Fuels in co-incineration plants (e.g. cement industry), new innovative HotDisc-Technology, legal compliance and its implementation in consideration with sampling plan and its realization etc.)
- Treatment of hazardous waste (chemical-physical waste treatment, treatment of medical waste (sterilization, disinfection and anodic oxidation etc.))
- Landfill technology (landfill performance e.g. bottom and cover sealing system, utilization of landfill gas, treatment of leachate, landfill after care technology etc.)
- Contaminated sites (e.g. chromate contaminated areas are treated by the new institute´s patented technology for decontamination and purification of water and soil etc.)
- Organization of well known congress (DepoTech; www.depotech.at) on waste management, waste technology, landfill technology and site remediation
Strongholds within waste to energy
We work on national and international projects which deal with waste to energy issue. We have an environmental analytical lab where all relevant analysis can be done. We deal with production, quality, quality assurance of RDF and SRF etc.
What does Montanuniversitaet Leoben hope to gain from the Coolsweep project?
We hope that we can consider the aspect of Refuse Derived Fuels or Solid Recovered Fuels that are increasingly used in different co-incineration plants (e.g. cement industry). It would be great to get the information on RDF in Europe and its development.