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Project Information

EFAgri - Environmentally Efficient Adaptation of Grain and Grass Production and Optimized Alternative Fuel Production (Biogas) in Alpine Regions

In recent decades the conditions for agricultural production have changed in many ways; for example, an increasing societal interest in the production of renewable energy and an improved understanding of climate change effects have highlighted the need to adapt agricultural practices to changing circumstances.

The EF Agri project aims to optimize agricultural production by focusing on technical and managerial aspects.

The project’s first objective seeks to increase energy efficiency in agriculture. A comprehensive environmental evaluation and adaptation of current crop management systems for grass production will be conducted in cooperation with the "Höhere Bundeslehr- und Forschungsanstalt für Landwirtschaft Raumberg-Gumpenstein".

The second objective is to optimize the production of alternative fuel (biogas) for agricultural machines. In this case, optimization is achieved by using agricultural residues and industrial organic wastes after an innovative pre-treatment with steam explosion technology.

Project Team

Project Team EFAgri

DI Iris Kral (Agricultural Engineering, Life-Cycle Asessment)

Javier Lizasoain Artega, M.Sc. (Biogas, Bioenergy and Environmental Engineering)

Franziska Mairhofer, B.Sc.    

Marie Mauch, B.Sc.

DI Dr. Gerhard Piringer (Agricultural Engineering, Life-Cycle Assessment)

Dominik Pucher

Maria Rechberger, B.Sc.

Georg Supper, B.Sc.

DI Bernhard Wlcek, B.Sc. (Biogas and Environmental Engineering)     


Partners EFAgri

Scientific Partners

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Institute of Agricultural Engineering
Contact: Ass. Prof. DI Dr. Alexander Bauer (Project Management), Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Andreas Gronauer


Company Partners

Biogas Systems GmbH
Contact: Herman Dauser

BioPower GmbH  
Contact: Andreas Blochberger

CNH Industrial Österreich GmbH
Contact: Josef Penzinger