BB-CLEAN

Strategic tools towards a sustainable use of biomass for low carbon domestic heating

   

Crowdsourcing as an open innovation and awareness raising tool to promote cleaner biomass burning in the Alpine region
 
In the framework of WPT2 BB-Clean partner Econcept used the crowdsourcing platform www.innonatives.com to identify interesting ideas and solutions on two innovation challenges. The idea of the work package was to use crowdsourcing as an open innovation and awareness raising tool to promote cleaner biomass burning in the Alpine region, and thus BB-Clean challenges were born!
 
We asked participants of the platform to give us solutions on 2 challenges:
+ Innovative ideas and technologies for a cleaner use of domestic biomass heating systems
Optimization of Biomass Heating in the Alpine Region – Awareness Raising, Information Needs and Barriers
 
Around 5000 persons visited the platform and interacted with it. We received more than 40 ideas from around 100 new users on the platform. Below you can find the best ones! 
 

   

Best of Innovative ideas and technologies for a cleaner use of domestic biomass heating systems
 
1) Transparent real-time automatization of heating
Automation can ensure burning control and thus increase efficiency. It should always be important to maintain and control combustion temperature by e.g. by automatic ventilation of the fire, so that predefined room temperature is not exceeded. Only 1°C higher room temperature can result in up to 6% more energy consumption.
 
2) Smart Fire Management in the furnace / Automated Coordination of heating temperature in the furnace
Faulty fire control and incorrect fuel are few of the main sources of fine dust. Firing temperatures that are too low result in more CO2 and soot and therefore fine dust an excessively high combustion temperatures result in the formation of nitrogen oxide and can lead to inefficient use of fuel. The solution would be a digital automated coordination support (mobile app) to reach the optimal temperature in the furnace.
 
3) Online smoke gas monitoring
Experience shows that too often materials not suitable for burning are used - often residual materials are burned, e.g. wood with paint, etc. In order to prevent such illegal burning, an on-line smoke gas monitoring would be helpful. An algorithm could then help to evaluate the exhaust gas measurement and inform the authorities about possible incidents.

    

Best of Optimization of Biomass Heating in the Alpine Region – Awareness Raising, Information Needs and Barriers

1) Website – Weather linked heating information
On a website, the Federal Office could adjust the amount of fuel per fuel type annually to the average temperatures of the year. In this way, the user can get current information conveniently. Tips and contact persons could also be found on the website, e.g. in the form of videos.
 
2) The wood transport network
A "Wood" Network Manager could be created in the same way as for Gas or Electricity. Its action, like ENEDIS or GRDF: Manage inventory; Quality control; Manage new "connections" (logistics of wood delivery on site).