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An Italian startup has developed innovative technologies for cogeneration plants based on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) under technical cooperation agreement

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOIT20210413002
Publicado:
22/04/2021
Caducidad:
23/04/2022
Resumen:
An Italian startup has developed innovative technologies for cogeneration plants based on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). The innovation consists of a new process that allows a SOFC system to be fed directly by biogas, without degradation of the cell components and with high energy efficiency. The company team has developed a set of numeric models and simulations tools to process distributed power generation system based on SOFC. They offer the technologies under technical cooperation agreement.

Details

Tittle:
An Italian startup has developed innovative technologies for cogeneration plants based on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) under technical cooperation agreement
Summary:
An Italian startup has developed innovative technologies for cogeneration plants based on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). The innovation consists of a new process that allows a SOFC system to be fed directly by biogas, without degradation of the cell components and with high energy efficiency. The company team has developed a set of numeric models and simulations tools to process distributed power generation system based on SOFC. They offer the technologies under technical cooperation agreement.
Description:
This innovative startup is a spin-off of an Italian university. The company´s mission is to offer innovative solutions for both energy production and environmental protection, through the development and marketing of innovative products and/or services of high technological value in the field of systems for the valorization of alternative energy sources. The focus is on "green and clean energy", with a particular interest in the "waste to energy chain". Fuel cell systems are at the base of the company vision for energy cogeneration and hydrogen production. In particular, the technology adopted is the high-temperature SOFC, which has higher energy efficiency and environmental sustainability compared to conventional technologies.
The company´s expertise is mainly in the design, simulation (numerical and experimental), and management of fuel cell-based systems.
The reference market is agri-food, which presents many opportunities for positioning in the transformation of waste whose disposal involves a high economic burden for entrepreneurs. The competitors of the field are the actors involved in the "waste to energy" chain with conventional technologies.

The Italian company offers services for the designing of the following: -hybrid systems with conventional and non conventional technologies; systems for hydrogen propulsion and electricity generation with efficient, clean, and safe innovative technologies; co-trigeneration systems for the production of electric, thermal and cooling energy; polygeneration systems with fuel cells and hydrogen technologies; integrated systems with renewable energy sources for the production, accumulation, and distribution of hydrogen. The company also offers research services to third parties regarding investigation via experimental activities, modeling, and ad-hoc built simulation tool of the following energy systems: hydrogen production; distribution and supply of hydrogen; stationary power generation and sustainable mobility applications.

The company offers innovative technologies for cogeneration plants based on SOFC. The innovation consists of a new process that allows a SOFC system to be fed directly by biogas, without degradation of the cell components and with high energy efficiency.
Moreover, the company team has developed a set of numeric models and simulations tools to process the following:
- distributed power generation system based on solid oxide fuel cell;
- high-temperature water electrolysis system;
- non-high pressure hydrogen storage and transportation system;
- high-efficiency large-scale polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyzer technology.

Distributed power generation systems based on SOFC and high-temperature water electrolysis systems are investigated via modeling and ad-hoc built simulation tool. The team makes also use of a suitably designed SOFC-SOE (solid oxide electrolyse) experimental station for the electrical characterization of solid oxide fuel cells.
Modeling on metal hydrides for hydrogen storage and their applications in light-duty vehicles, and as energy storage within a smart grid. The latter is also going to be investigated via experimental activities in the university lab, with the arrival of an experimental set-up for metal hydrides.
Modeling of thermo-electrochemical phenomena occurring in electrolyzer systems developed ad hoc at various levels of detail: stationary and dynamic modeling and optimization models.

The company is looking for universities and private companies that want to collaborate for the development of research projects in the sectors described above.
Furthermore, the company wants to start collaborations in the context of technical cooperation agreements with industrial partners who manage or want to implement cogeneration plants. In this case, the collaborations will take place within the framework of technical cooperation agreements.
Advantages and Innovations:
The innovation consists of a new process that allows a SOFC system to be fed directly by biogas, without degradation of the cell components and with high energy efficiency.

The technology has application in different sectors: waste-to-energy; energy generation; biofuel and hydrogen generation.

The proposed energy system can achieve an efficiency value of around 40%, greater than conventional energy systems, with an increase in profits, low polluting gaseous emissions, and zero noise emissions.
Stage of Development:
Under development/lab tested
IPs:
Other

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of partner sought:
- energy service companies that manage cogeneration plants and that are going to upgrade the technology by adopting SOFC technology.
- universities and private companies for research projects on biogas and hydrogen production.
- big farms and consortia that are going to implement a cogeneration plant.

The company can provide consultancy, research, and design activities on the aforementioned items. The cooperation will be carried out under research and technical cooperation agreements.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
Italian

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
04005012 Conversión de residuos en energía
04005005 Energía térmica / solar
04002001 Fuel cells
04002002 Producción de hidrógeno
04002008 Tecnologías de enfriamiento