At IFA-Tulln, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, microbiological metabolic processes are researched to ensure the quality of life and to preserve natural resources. The institute has well-equipped laboratories with state-of-the-art analytical equipment and corresponding infrastructure such as anaerobic high-pressure reactors, sterile areas, incubation and cold storage rooms, workshops, large-scale test facilities and a pilot plant for fermentations. These prerequisites enable numerous research cooperations with industrial partners and their successful implementation.
In the Department of Geobiotechnology (Andreas P. Loibner) microbial processes in soils, aquifers and oil/natural gas deposits are comprehensively investigated and analyzed with respect to their technical importance and potential use. Metabolic capabilities and interactions of specific microorganisms are scientifically researched and optimized with regard to an industrial application. During the forerunner project “Underground Sun Conversion”, a comprehensive portfolio of methods was compiled which will now be used to fine-tune the geomethanation approach in the “USC-FlexStore” project.