Supply of clean water and efficient management of waste water are among the most vital urban environmental services. For communities, water related services are also often the biggest energy consumers – underlining the significance of water-energy nexus. It is therefore easy to view waste as a problem to be mitigated, something to be reduced to a tolerable level, and kept out of sight. Another mind-set is possible. Organic waste contains significant quantities of energy embedded in it. The facts that these streams of organic matter are distributed across our communities, trickle down in small streams and have low energy density, have made it difficult to capture that energy anywhere else but in locations with large populations and high population densities. A European project DEMOSOFC showcases a replicable concept by which power generation can be integrated into water services at superb efficiency in small and medium sized facilities, too, making good use of modular nature of fuel cells and fuel flexibility of SOFC technology. The video below presents the concept by an example from Collegno waste water treatment facility of SMAT in Turin region, Italy.
Convion is pleased to be presenting at an open DEMOSOFC workshop in Turin, Italy, on November 14. The workshop will provide a mix of technical and economic aspects of an industrial application of SOFC fuel cells, and expert insights from both academia and industry. The event is part of the DEMOSOFC, a European project which has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
Convion has started operating a biogas fuelled C50 SOFC system in Italy. The start-up marks a launch of a demonstration of Convion’s fuel flexible C50 SOFC co-generation unit at an industrial biogas installation and an important milestone along the path of commercialization of the product. After a successful trial operation of the module in Finland and completion of site installation at Collegno waste water treatment plant of SMAT, the unit started producing power and heat for the plant’s own consumption. The installation is the largest solid oxide fuel cell plant in the world fueled by biogas directly. Continue reading “Convion SOFC generates zero emission electricity and heat from biogas in Italy”
Convion Ltd. is pleased to announce that the company has successfully started testing of a first biogas fuel cell unit belonging to a pilot delivery to Italy. The system went live last week in Espoo, Finland and since then, it has shown in the trial run a superb electrical efficiency above 55% net-AC when run on biogas. Equipped with exhaust heat recovery, total efficiency is above 82%. The unit will undergo a series of tests at Convion premises prior to shipment to Turin, Italy.
The 6th Nordic Biogas Conference is fast approaching and Convion will be there, too. The biggest biogas conference in Scandinavia will be held from 7th through 8th of September on board Viking Grace cruise ship. The program of the event includes two intensive conference days en route Turku-Stockholm-Turku and an excursion day on the 9th of September with visits to biogas plants in Finland. The conference is organized by biogas representatives from all five Nordic countries and attracts attendees also internationally.
Convion has reached a significant milestone of 5000 loading hours with a C50 SOFC product. Purpose of an internal validation project was to verify performance and functionality of the new C50 product and to gain long term operational experience of it. A new design including a unique process integration concept builds foundations for significant cost reduction of SOFC systems. Tests were a success and we were pleased with both performance and functionality of the system. With this milestone, we are happy to proceed towards demonstrating and piloting Convion SOFC CHP (Combined Heat and Power generation) product with customers. First deliveries will take place in Q3/2016 within a DEMOSOFC project.