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Smart and flexible heat and power from biomass derived liquids for small-scale CHP application

Objective

The objective of SmartCHP is the realization of a cost-effective and flexible energy system by using a liquid bio-energy carrier to fuel an efficient diesel-engine based CHP. It will develop a smart and flexible, small-scale CHP unit (100-1,000 kWe) fueled with fast pyrolysis bio-oil originating from different types of biomasses and/or residues. Fast pyrolysis converts biomass into a uniform liquid intermediate called FPBO, and the process is characterized by a high feedstock flexibility. Nowadays, FPBO is produced on commercial scale in Europe. For small scale biomass CHP systems a standardized fuel, enabling optimization of the conversion units and thus creating a cost competitive value chain, is highly preferred. Moreover, to achieve high resource efficiencies at all times a highly flexible ratio between heat and power generation is desired. A smart, demand driven unit should be capable of dealing with the fluctuating energy demand and/or varying availability of wind/solar power. The SmartCHP system combines a FPBO fueled engine and flue gas boiler to produce electricity and heat at a high efficiency over the whole load range. A dedicated flue gas treatment guarantees low emissions. Moreover, a wide, adjustable heat-to-power ratio is covered which enables to respond directly to actual energy demands. The final result of SmartCHP is an integrated system consisting of an engine, boiler and flue gas treatment system adapted and optimized to run on FPBO (TRL 5). A real-time, predictive, dynamic model will be developed to find the optimal operation point at all energy demands. Techno-economic, socio-economic and environmental assessments will be performed to identify real market opportunities. The SmartCHP unit will be based on standard diesel engines, and specific investment costs are expected to be around 1,200 Eur/kWe; an electricity price below 0.10 Eur/kWh is realistic. Several case studies will be presented to illustrate the opportunities throughout Europe.
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Coordinator

B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV

Address

Josink Esweg 34
7545 Pn Enschede

Netherlands

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 201 375

Participants (9)

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OWI OEL-WAERME-INSTITUT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 503 925

ABATO MOTOREN BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 366 250

EXERGIA ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CONSULTANTS AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 167 500

CAPAX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES BVBA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 186 250

GREENOVATE ! EUROPE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 199 875

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 422 405

TEHAG DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 265 125

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 395 625

DOWEL MANAGEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 334 125

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 815259

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 042 455

  • EU contribution

    € 4 042 455

Coordinated by:

B.T.G. BIOMASS TECHNOLOGY GROUP BV

Netherlands