BIOS - Bioenergy

Quality management for biomass heating plants (”QM Holzheizwerke”)


Austrian programme coordinator ”QM-Holzheizwerke”:  LandesEnergieVerein


Quality management should constitute a substantial component of project management in the design and construction of biomass heating or CHP plants. The examination of both the technical and economic data of each project ensures that the heating plants achieve a high utilisation rate to guarantee efficient and cost-effective operation.

The integration of a quality management process has been obligatory since 1st April 2006 for biomass heating plants of a boiler capacity (total) of 500 kWth or higher and a network length of 1,000 m or more. This obligation applies to both new and expansion projects which apply for a capital investment grant from the Austrian public finance bank Kommunalkredit AG. The corresponding values apply analogously to the heating units of biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

A quality manager (QM) must be appointed, who will consult and assist the plant owner and the planner during the planning and implementation period.

Alfred Hammerschmid of BIOS BIOENERGIESYSTEME GmbH is a quality manager with long years of experience in energetic biomass utilisation.

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Aims of ”QM Holzheizwerke”

The substantial aims of the quality management system cover the professional design, planning and construction of the biomass plant and the district heating network. The most important quality aims are:

  • reliable, low-maintenance operation
  • high efficiency and low heat distribution losses
  • low emissions at all boiler operating conditions
  • precise control system adapted to different load conditions
  • long-term profitability of the project

Quality management expertise at BIOS

BIOS can and will make an important contribution to the quality assurance of new projects. Its quality manager Alfred Hammerschmid has long years of  experience in the planning, implementation and optimisation of biomass district heating and CHP plants. The expertise in monitoring and optimisation (BIOS can also draw on extensive measuring equipment and specially developed software programs for data evaluation and validation, e.g. DATEVAL® 1.0) gathered in a wide range of successfully implemented projects provides an outstanding potential for the integration of quality management in the establishment and expansion of biomass heating plants.