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Development of a new highly efficient and fuel flexible CHP technology based on fixed-bed updraft biomass gasification and a SOFC

Development of a new highly efficient and fuel flexible CHP technology based on fixed-bed updraft biomass gasification and a SOFC

Objective

Within the project a new highly efficient biomass CHP technology consisting of a fuel-flexible fixed-bed updraft
gasifier, a novel compact gas cleaning system and a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) shall be developed for a capacity
range of 1to 10 MW (total energy output). The technology shall distinguish itself by a wide fuel spectrum applicable (wood pellets, wood chips, SRC, selected agricultural fuels like agro-pellets, fruit stones/shells), high gross electric (40%) and overall (90%) efficiencies as well as equal-zero gaseous and PM emissions. The system shall consist of a fuel-flexible updraft gasification technology with ultra-low particulate matter and alkali metal concentrations in the product gas (which reduces the efforts for gas cleaning), an integrated high temperature gas cleaning approach for dust, HCl and S removal and tar cracking within one process step as well as a SOFC system which tolerates certain amounts of tars as fuel. It is expected to achieve at the end of the project a TRL of 5 and a MRL of at least 5.
To fulfill these goals a methodology shall be applied which is divided into a technology development part (process
simulations, computer aided design of the single units and the overall system, test plant construction, performance and
evaluation of test runs, risk and safety analysis) as well as a technology assessment part covering techno-economic,
environmental and overall impact assessments and market studies regarding the potentials for application. Moreover, a clear
dissemination, exploitation and communication plan is available.
The novel technology shall define a new milestone in terms of CHP efficiency and equal-zero emission technology in the
medium-scale capacity range and shall contribute to a stronger and future-oriented EU energy supply based on renewables. Its fuel flexibility shall ensure high attractiveness and market application potential and thus strengthen the industrial base in the EU as well as the technological leadership.
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BIOS BIOENERGIESYSTEME GMBH

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Hedwig-Katschinka-Strasse 4
8020 Graz

Austria

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 851 075

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VIESSMANN HOLZFEUERUNGSANLAGEN GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 809 475

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 715 900

CALIDA CLEANTECH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 426 225

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 727 503,75

AVL LIST GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 838 486,25

WUPPERTAL INSTITUT FUR KLIMA, UMWELT, ENERGIE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 225 872,50

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 191 596,25

BOSAL EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEMS NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 211 237,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727330

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 997 371,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 997 371,25

Coordinated by:

BIOS BIOENERGIESYSTEME GMBH

Austria