Investment in research and high-level technology are the principles behind the successful export of Austrian products and services in the field of solar-thermal and photovoltaic energy. Exports currently account for over 80% and 90% respectively for these sectors.
Harnessing the power of the sun
The coming years are likely to see a boom in Europe for solar thermal energy. Austrian companies have long been supplying customers at home and abroad with a wide range of products and service that intelligently harness the power of the sun. The range available from Austrian companies includes:
- Sun collectors for private homes, business and industry
- Plant systems
- Photovoltaic energy
- Solar cooling and chilling
- Components and modules
- Solar electronics
GEO-TEC Solartechnik GmbH was founded in 1997 and is a producer of high quality solar collectors. The company is now a full-line provider of solar systems.
Carinthian GREENoneTEC Solarindustrie GmbH is Austria’s most important company for manufacturing top quality solar thermal collectors. The facts speak for themselves – an export rate of over 85% and presence in over 40 countries.
Since 1992, the Graz-based company S.O.L.I.D. builds, delivers and operates large-scale solar plants around the world, providing hot water, room-heating, supplying process heat including district heating, and thermal solar cooling equipment. The company has installed facilities in the deserts of Arizona, in Lisbon, in Priština and in the logistics centre in Peking for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
SOLution Solartechnik GmbH is one of Europe’s leading providers in the field of solar energy, photovoltaic energy and solar cooling systems.
Sonnenkraft Österreichs Vertriebs GmbH has been developing practical, high-tech solar solutions for many years.
SUN MASTER Energiesysteme GmbH has also made a name for itself on the international market as a reliable manufacturer of high quality solar collectors.
For the last two years, TiSUN GmbH from Tyrol, has been developing, producing and distributing high-quality solar collectors and stratified tanks which withstand extreme climatic conditions. The company exports approximately 80% of its production.
Xolar GmbH is a specialist in solar thermal and pellet heating. The firm provides solar systems for hot water and extra heating and fits them to existing buildings.
Architects who want to combine aesthetics with solar energy generation can find customised solutions at Ertex Solar GmbH . The company supplies large-scale photovoltaics in laminated safety-glass technology, opening up new architectural opportunities, especially for facade design.
Fronius International GmbH has been researching, developing and producing solar electronic solutions for decades. The company’s range includes converters, inverters and energy cells.
The photovoltaic modules from KIOTO Photovoltaics GmbH guarantee customers the highest quality and ongoing cost optimisation using highly automated production processes that conserve resources.
Biomass and Biogas
Austria was very quick to recognise that biomass is an exceptionally useful source of renewable energy which can be used for recovering heat, producing fuel or generating electricity. Biogas is another highly significant energy source. There are numerous Austrian companies operating in this area who have broken into international markets with their expertise in sustainable energy.
Fröling Heizkessel- und Behälterbau Ges.m.b.H has been exploring efficient heating solutions from biomass since 1961. The company’s biomass boiler systems are in use in many countries across Europe and the export rate is over 70%.
BauerTech, Ing. Friedrich Bauer GmbH offers project management services in the field of biogas systems using biogenic waste. The modular systems mean that the top quality equipment can be easily extended.
Josef Binder Maschinenbau und Handels-GmbH has 13 distribution and service subsidiaries and produces and exports automated biomass heating systems from 100kW to 10,000kW all over the world. The company’s clientele includes both industrial operations as well as larger private households.
Polytechnik Luft- und Feuerungstechnik GmbH offers heating plants for biogenic fuels with an efficiency ranging from 300kW to 20,000kW.
KWB Kraft und Wärme aus Biomasse GmbH produces biomass heating systems with an array of applications, from detached homes to apartment blocks, large buildings and businesses, right through to supplying district heating networks. The spectrum ranges from heating of 10kW to 300kW.
Gilles Energie- und Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co KG specialises in environmentally friendly projects for efficient biomass heating. The pellet and wood chip boilers range from 12.5 to 550kW, offering heating solutions for private homes through to commercial use in companies and heating plants.
Windhager Zentralheizung GmbH is specialised in producing wood and pellet heating solutions and is a well established supplier of heating systems for every type of fuel as well as solar energy. The company is one of Europe’s largest producers of pellet-fired boilers.
BDI Biodiesel International AG from Graz is a market and technology leader in producing customised, turnkey biodiesel plants. The first commercial biodiesel plant enables customers to produce biodiesel from different raw materials such as vegetable oils, used cooking oil, and animal fats.
Water, wind, heat pumps
Hydropower – a clean and emission-free way of generating electricity – has a long tradition in Austria. Many Austrian companies have valuable knowhow in this area which they have been exporting successfully across the world. This also holds true for wind energy, which has seen export volumes increase year on year. Similarly, export-oriented technological leaders from Austria have a leading global position when it comes to innovative heating and cooling technology using heat pumps.
Austrian technology expertise in the hydropower sector is in demand all over the world. In Turkey, for example, Austrian companies are involved in almost a third of all hydropower plants currently under construction. Austrian companies also have a strong presence in Asia, South America and Europe. Small hydropower plants are the most thermodynamically efficient way of producing energy. In this segment Austria has an array of innovative products suitable for export.
GLOBAL HYDRO ENERGY GmbH is an integrated system supplier for small hydropower plants. The company is a reliable partner with special expertise in Kaplan, Pelton and Francis turbines. The company’s export rate is over 85%.
ANDRITZ HYDRO GmbH has been producing water turbines for over 160 years and to date there have been over 26,000 turbines installed. The company is one of the world’s leading providers of turnkey systems and services for new hydropower plants and also offers refurbishment and modernization of existing plants.
Wind energy and everything that goes with it
When it comes to generating energy from wind power, Austrian companies have enjoyed success with a range of products including:
- Control systems
- Blade materials
- Energy converter systems
- Complete wind turbine and park concepts
Enairgy Windenergie GmbH offers customers a broad range of services for realising wind energy projects: from plot acquisition to carrying out wind potential measurements right through to turnkey wind parks.
W.E.B Windenergie AG (in German) has been designing and operating wind turbines and parks for over ten years. The 141 company turbines have a total output of 219MW. In addition to Austria, the company operates in Germany, France, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Windtec GmbH is a leading company in the wind turbine sector. Products range from 600kW wind turbines for use on land to 10MW wind turbines for the offshore industry and the firm has customers across the globe.
Raiffeisen Energy & Environment specialises in the acquisition, development, construction and operation of wind energy projects.
There are multiple Austrian companies in the heat pump sector that supply international customers with their innovative, sustainable technology.
Buderus Austria Heiztechnik GmbH produces heat pumps using energy from air, water or land that are energy efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly.
Drexel und Weiss Energieeffiziente Haustechniksysteme GmbH has been involved in renewable energy generation since the early nineties and offers solutions for energy-efficient heat recovery.
The innovative heat pumps from Vaillant Group Austria GmbH utilise the sun’s energy that is stored in the earth, water and air.
The company Ochsner Wärmepumpen GmbH is considered a leader in heat pump technology thanks to its countless innovations. Ochsner products are in use in many European countries as well as overseas as far as Australia.