FHWN 2016 65829 PR

Franz Theuretzbacher

Bakk. techn.
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Franz Theuretzbacher

Bakk. techn.


Head of Department of Sustainable Energy Systems & Bioeconomy


Campus Wieselburg
Zeiselgraben 4
3250 Wieselburg
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Research Activities


    Establishing a sustainable energy and economic system and dealing with the opportunities and risks of digitization are among the greatest challenges facing our society. BSAIO aims to put these two aspects in relation to each other. The methods from the fields of Big Data, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, which are based on digitization, as well as increasingly powerful optimization algorithms, offer the possibility of operating systems in a more sustainable way and saving resources both in their planning and operation. To this end, all necessary knowledge is to be imparted and the methods are to be applied directly to practical tasks. At the same time, the targeted use of methods based on digitisation for responsible and sustainable use of resources should help to create best practice examples in this area.

  • Bio(FLEX)Net

    Due to the benefit of being storable, the production of biogas allows the equalisation of fluctuating energy production from renewable energy sources as wind energy or solar energy. The present project aims to develop adaption measures within a retrofit in order to change the plant operation with the target of offering flexible energy on demand.


  • Saracevic, Wöss, Theuretzbacher, Friedl, Miltner (2018): Techno-economic assessment of providing control energy reserves with a biogas plant.
  • Theuretzbacher, Mauthner (2018): Entwicklung optimierter Anlagenfahrpläne für die flexibilisierte Stromerzeugung und -vermarktung aus Biogasanlagen.
  • Theuretzbacher, Saracevic (2018): Biogas in flexible electricity generation - opportunity or false hope?
  • Theuretbacher Franz / Jungwirth Johann (2016): Operational change of a biomass fired CHP for the provision of control reserve - a techno- economical case study .
  • Lizasoain, Rincon, Theuretzbacher, Enguidanos-Requena, Nielsen, Potthast, Eichinger, Gronauer, Bauer (2016): Biogas production from reed biomass: Effect of pretreatment using different steam explosion conditions.
  • Theuretzbacher, Lizasoain, Lefever, Saylor, Enguidanos-Requena, Weran, Gronauer, Bauer (2015): Steam explosion pretreatment of wheat straw to improve methane yields: Investigation of the degradation kinetics of structural compounds during anaerobic digestion.
  • Theuretzbacher, Blomqvist, Lizasoain, Klietz, Potthast, Horn, Nilsen, Gronauer, Passoth, Bauer (2015): The effect of a combined biological and thermo-mechanical pretreatment of wheat straw on energy yields in coupled ethanol and methane generation.
  • Weinwurm, Theuretzbacher, Drljo, Leidinger, Wannasek, Bauer, Friedl (2014): Assessment of sweet sorghum as a feedstock for a dual fuel biorefinery concept.
  • Theuretzbacher, Lizasoain, Menardo, Nilsen, Gronauer, Bauer (2014): Effect of Steam Explosion Pretreatment on the Specific Methane Yield of Miscanthus x giganteus.
  • Bauer, Lizasoain, Theuretzbacher, Agger, Rincon, Menardo, Saylor, Enguidanos-Requena, Nielsen, Potthast, Eichinger, Gronauer, Horn (2014): Steam explosion pretreatment for enhancing biogas production of late harvested hay.
  • Pucker, Drljo, Friedl, Theuretzbacher, Bauer, Jungmeier (2014): Greenhouse gas reduction potential of biofuels from sweet sorghum.
  • Bauer, Lizasoain, Theuretzbacher, Rincon, Menardo, Enguidanos-Requena, Gronauer (2014): Steam explosion pretreatment for enhancing biogas production of Alpine hay.
  • Weinwurm, Drljo, Theuretzbacher, Bauer, Friedl (2013): Evaluation of Sorghum Biorefinery Concepts for Bioethanol Production.
  • Theuretzbacher, Bauer, Lizasoain, Becker, Rosenau, Potthast, Friedl, Piringer, Gronauer (2013): Potential of different Sorghum bicolor (L. moench) varieties for combined ethanol and biogas production in the Pannonian climate of Austria.
  • Theuretzbacher, Kravanja, Becker, Bauer, Amon, Friedl, Potthast, Amon (2012): Utilization of Sweet Sorghum as a Catch Crop for providing Raw Materials for the Production of Bioethanol and Biogas.
  • Menardo, Bauer, Theuretzbacher, Piringer, Nilsen, Balsari, Pavliska, Amon (2012): Biogas Production from Steam-Exploded Miscanthus and Utilization of Biogas Energy and CO2 in Greenhouses.