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IRISH/BRITISH TRADE MISSION TO AUSTRIA ON RENEWABLE ENERGY Austrians share best-practice techniques with visitors  

Commercial Counsellor Wilhelm Nest (far right) with members of the trade mission at Solution Solartechnik
25 November 2011

The Austrian Trade Commission in Dublin and London led a joint trade delegation from 20th to 23rd November 2011 to Austria to visit best practice renewable energy sites. The sixteen-strong group (eight from Ireland and eight from Britain) was drawn from architecture, construction, engineering, facilities management and retail.

In a mixture of presentations, site visits and one-to-one meetings, the visitors gained new insights into innovative products and projects such as:

· The first supermarket to get the EU’s Green Building Certificate (Billa, Klosterneuburg);
· a 74-metre high office building known as the Power Tower in Linz, built to passive house standard;
· providers of solar systems (Solution Solartechnik), biomass heating systems (Guntamatic), heat pumps (Neura) and photovoltaics (Fronius);
· a cutting-edge commercial development (Eurogate);
· a research centre (Bioenergy 2020).

“Our Irish visitors know that the next generation of construction in Ireland will be sustainable. Austrian companies have accumulated 30 years’ experience in this field and are more than pleased to share their expertise – and products too of course - with Irish companies”, said Austrian Commercial Counsellor Wilhelm Nest.

The Power Tower in Linz built to passive house standard.

The Power Tower in Linz built to passive house standard. 

JJ Lenehan, Buildings Officer with Teagasc commented at the end of the trip “coming from an agricultural organisation like Teagasc I was particularly interested in biomass, which is well established in Austria and is very relevant to the farming community. I was also very interested in heat pumps and PV. I found the technical visits most informative and appreciated the opportunity to make individual business contacts at the meetings in Linz and Vienna, which will no doubt lead to fruitful interaction in the future.”