Submitted by: Nahwärme Thalgau und Kleinwasserkraft Etter
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Proven Old Water Power and Novell Biomass
The scythe forge in Thalgau (Austria), founded in 1679, had been using water energy for more than 300 years. Later on the forge was converted into a lumber mill, which has been run by water energy until today. A biomass heating plant was constructed in 2005 and is now providing 350 households in Thalgau with bioheat. Together with the micro-water plant, completed in 2006 at the Brunn Creek near the company site, a combined use of modern technology with proven old systems is achieved and the region is provided locally with renewable energy.