Within the EU Horizon 2020 project “FlexiFuel-SOFC” (GA No. 641229) a new innovative, highly efficient and fuel flexible micro-scale biomass combined heat and power (CHP) technology (capacity range of 25 to 150 kW fuel power) has been developed. By integrating a fixed-bed updraft gasifier, a compact gas cleaning system and a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), the technology has been developed to be capable of using a wide fuel spectrum (e.g. wood pellets/chips of various sizes and moisture contents, short-rotation coppice, selected agricultural fuels), while still achieving high electric and overall efficiencies, as well as incomparably low gaseous and nearly zero particulate matter emissions – something almost unheard of in small-scale biomass systems. To realise this goal, the technology development (including process simulations, computer aided design, pilot plant construction, performance and evaluation of test runs, risk and safety analysis) has been complemented by a thorough assessment of its techno-economic performance, environmental and social impacts, as well as market potential. This workshop will inform participants about the technical achievements of this exciting new technology, areas of application, relevant impacts, as well as insights on how to bring this technology to the market.
The workshop is organised by Wuppertal Institute gGmbH, BIOS BIOENERGIESYSTEME GmbH and Windhager Zentralheizung Technik GmbH in cooperation with the FlexiFuel-SOFC partners.
Acknowledgements: The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Horizon2020 Program (H2020/2014-2020) under Grant Agreement n° 641229.