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In Germany currently about 300,000 new residential combustion systems per year are installed. There are over 15 million inventory systems. It shows that there is a huge market for residential combustion systems in Germany alone. The introduction of more stringent emission limits for the type-approval testing of new small firing systems is pending in 2015 (1.BImSchV). This is related to the increased environmental and health consciousness. A similar trend can be seen in other countries world-wide.

From the experience, which could be collected within the scope of their employees’ work in the past, i.e. the three founders of ETE EmTechEngineering GmbH, Frank Werner, Dr. Ingo Hartmann and René Bindig, it is quite evident that many manufacturers of firing systems have not yet found a solution for their plants to comply with the more stringent limits. There is also an increasing number of operators of firing systems who are interested in retrofit solutions for emission reduction for their existing plants. To solve these problems ETE offers corresponding consultation and engineering services to manufacturers and operators of firing systems.

ETE EmTechEngineering GmbH (ETE) is a start-up company, which was founded in July 2014. ETE is the first spin-off from DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH (DBFZ). ETE is a member of the cluster "Energie und Umwelt" of the city of Leipzig and the "NEU e.V." and the "Innovationszentrum für Bioenergie".

The founders of ETE came together during the research project NEKO, which was sponsored by the "Deutsche Bundestiftung Umwelt" (DBU-AZ 28412/02). In this project, the three founders were thoroughly involved in the invention of the novel, non-precious metal, high temperature stable catalyst.

The integration of the NEKO-catalyst in the firing system is a very promising way to reduce  emissions significantly from such systems. The integration of the NEKO-catalyst is basically accompanied by modifications to the firing system. Among other things, the feedback of the catalyst on the entire system must be considered. Therefore, the NEKO-catalyst is particularly suitable for the integration in context of a new or further development of a firing system. Its integration into existing firing systems is also possible, but experience has shown that for existing installations downstream solutions (retrofit solutions) are more suitable.

The existing installations make completely different demands on the exhaust gas after-treatment, which in turn requires different types of catalysts. The founders of ETE have contacts with bigger and smaller manufacturers of catalytic converters which could be established and strengthened within the framework of joint research. These catalyst manufacturers have recognized the future market prospects for appropriate catalysts and therefore, intensified the research efforts in this area. In this context, ETE is always interested in further cooperation projects.

Press releases regarding the foundation of ETE:

Press release I (DBFZ)

Press release II (www.energiemetropole-leipzig.de)