The DEMOSOFC plant has started its operation on October 31, 2017 in Turin, Italy. This is the largest biogas fed fuel cell plant in Europe, and the project relies on the Qualvista Biogas Monitoring system to monitor siloxane levels as well as certain other biogas components.
The plant is a co-generation system based on fuel cell technology and fed by gas recovered from the wastewater treatment process at the SMAT Collegno plant near Turin (http://www.smatorino.it/). Zero-emission energy is produced from the innovative Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system and the project is being financed by the European Commission through the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking – www.fch.europa.eu – in the framework of the Horizon 2020 program. The technical solution that has been developed can be applied in business producing organic waste, resulting in energy savings and environmental impact reduction.
Marta Gandiglio, post-doctoral researcher at Politecnico di Torino which coordinates the DEMOSOFC project, is satisfied with the Qualvista solution: “The Qualvista siloxane monitoring solution has been one of the important components in our project, helping us to ensure the quality of the biogas and protect the fuel cells from siloxanes. Working with the Qualvista experts in this project has been a pleasure, and we look forward to continued cooperation with them while the project further expands.”
Juha Lauritsalo, CEO of Qualvista, participated in the DEMOSOFC workshop during the first operational days of the DEMOSOFC plant. He was satisfied to see the Qualvista monitoring solution installed: “We would like to congratulate the DEMOSOFC project for this important milestone. Also, we are very excited to see our monitoring system fully operational and it is great to be part of such an innovative project. This has been one of the first full installations of our biogas monitoring system and a great project to demonstrate the commercial readiness of our product.”
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