Survey on the optimization potential of biomass heating plants and heating networks

The BM Retrofit research project deals with the modernization and optimization of biomass-based heating networks and heating plants. The following survey is aimed at operators of biomass heating plants as well as all other experts, companies and institutions involved in the topic of heating networks.

A lot has happened in the heat network and biomass heating plant industry in recent years. Sustainable and fossil-free heating solutions will play an increasingly important role in the coming years and offer important solutions for climate protection. New technologies and innovative approaches to increase efficiency for biomass heating plants (e.g. smart controls, heat pumps) in combination with flue gas condensation plants have been and are being researched and are finding their way into on-site implementation.

Within the BM Retrofit research project, technologists, researchers and operators are working on the modernization and optimization of biomass-based heating networks and heating plants. Together, various systemic concepts are developed and implemented using real heating networks (demo examples). The findings from the BM Retrofit project will then of course be made available to all relevant target groups.

In order to be able to bring the solution approaches from research even more specifically and quickly into practice, we ask for support. Targeted questions were compiled within the project team to better understand the operations and challenges of small and medium sized biomass heating plants. In particular, biomass heating plant operators are at the source of important information. However, we cordially invite all stakeholders and experts, e.g. from the fields of consulting, planning and engineering offices, associations and interest groups, manufacturers of I&C systems and digitalization, manufacturers of plant engineering and components, as well as researchers and universities, to share their experiences and assessments with us.

By participating in the questionnaire, you will contribute to the research and support the sustainable development of the biomass heating plant industry. The questionnaire is open until mid-November. The evaluation takes place anonymously and the results are used within the BM Retrofit project. Your personal data will be treated confidentially.

HERE you can find the questionnaire. The survey takes between 5-10 minutes.

Thank you for your participation!


If you have any questions about the BM Retrofit project, please contact Joachim Kelz.
Contact: Tel: +43 (0)3112 5886-236




Alexander Graf

Junior Project Assistant

T: +43 676 372 00 17