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Bioenergy Mission from Austria to CANBIO and BC September 27 - October 8, 2010

The Canadian Embassy in Vienna is organizing a Biomass Mission to BC September 27 to October 8, 2010.  The delegation will

  • attend the CANBIO conference in Vancouver (Sept. 30 - Oct. 1) and
  • visit potential sites for district heating systems in southern BC and around Prince George (Oct. 4 to 8)   
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As the biomass industry is well developed in Austria, and Canada has virtually unlimited resources, the Embassy has promoted Canadian business missions between the two countries. In Austria, a country of 8 million inhabitants, the biomass energy business has created 11,000 jobs in the manufacturing industry and 22,000 in the service industry.

In order to run such wood-burning systems economically (mainly district heating systems), sophisticated boilers are essential; until recently, due to different technical standards, it has been difficult for Austrian boiler makers to cooperate with or invest in Canada. 

Recently, however, the BC Safety Authority together with TÜV, the competent Austrian regulatory organization, developed a solution to recognize each other’s standards. As a consequence, the Embassy of Canada in Vienna is now planning to bring an Austrian mission to BC consisting of companies dealing with boilers and district heating systems, gasification of agricultural waste and products, etc. We strive to promote investment and technology transfer.

Austrian mission members will be looking for Canadian project partners and scouting possible sites for district heating systems. Each district heating system should have one or two main users. The normal process is to start with only a few users, and connect other users later. Ideal thermal energy users include: hospitals, municipal buildings, schools, kindergartens, hotels, etc. – preferably in towns off the gas-grid.

To make it easy for customers to adopt a district heating system, an energy-contracting model is used, whereby a customer buys thermal energy, like from other utilities.

A municipality or any other interested organization does not require money up-front for such projects. Typically, users become owners of the district-heating system after a period of 10 years or so.

We aim to bring around 10 companies to BC. Mission participants are interested in visiting local sites and in meeting Canadian partners to jointly offer packages consisting of planning, financing, operating, training etc.

If you are interested in meeting these delegates or for more information please contact:

Roland Rossi
Trade Commissioner Service| Service des délégués commerciaux
roland.rossi@international.gc.ca
Tel: +43-1-531-38-3383 
Facsimile | Télécopieur +43-1-531-38-3906
Laurenzerberg 2    1010 Vienna, Austria
Embassy of Canada | Ambassade du Canada 

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Date Modified:
2010-10-28