Partners

Bio-Hypp Consortium
Main Role

DLR’s main role is the installation, commissioning and characterization of the combined biogas-fired Hybrid Power Plant demonstrator consisting of MGT and SOFC subsystems including integration of adapted subsystem components, required connecting elements and controls. This involves the development of system layout using in-house thermodynamic design tools. DLR is responsible for the development of the combined SOFC Off-gas / MGT combustion system. DLR will address the impact of fuel flexibility and varying ambient conditions using the existing hybrid power plant test facility with SOFC emulation. DLR will provide the findings and measurement data for component development from experimental characterization.
Additionally, DLR provides the lab and lab facilities for the set-up of the hybrid power plant.

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Within the Bio-Hypp project MTT will:

  • develop new turbocharger components (turbine and compressor) of the gas turbine optimised for the hybrid power plant;
  • participate in development of all other MGT components: recuperator, air bearings, and turbine electrical drive (generator and converter);
  • coordinate the MGT development and integrate the components in a functional MGT compatible with the SOFC;
  • participate in the development of the (optimal) control of the hybrid power plant.

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Within the Bio-Hypp project Sunfire will:

  • Support concerning SOFC performance and operation
  • Support concerning SOFC technical parameters under Biogas operation, such as gas flows or estimated operation voltage

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The University of Genoa (UNIGE) is responsible for the dynamic modeling and analysis of hybrid systems, including control system development and validation. UNIGE will develop, install and operate the top-economic fuel cell gas turbine hybrid system, in fuel cell emulation mode, to complement the top efficiency demonstration. UNIGE will also contribute to the thermoeconomic analysis of hybrid system layouts, prediction of their performance and assessment of the operational envelop. Finally, UNIGE will closely cooperate with NETL for studying the compressor surge problem in hybrid systems, encompassing theoretical and experimental activities, aiming at identification and demonstration of techniques for surge detection and recovery.
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Hiflux Limited will develop the recuperator which uses exhaust heat from the microturbine to heat the pressurized air from the microturbine compressor which is then used to pressurize the fuel cell. The recuperator needs to operate at high effectiveness and at very high temperatures whilst pressure losses must be kept to a minimum. These operating parameters are demanding and one of the key challenges for Hiflux in this programme is to ensure they are met in with a cost effective long-life design. Hiflux will provide recuperators for subsystem testing, for testing of the performance optimised full system demonstrator and for the top economic model trials.
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The main role of Eindhoven University of technology (TU/e) within Bio-Hypp project is related to optimization of power conversion (high speed electric drive for the micro gas turbine) and development of titled-pad air bearings for the micro gas turbine. Both tasks in which TU/e is involved are part of work package 2.
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Within the Bio-Hypp project Rina Consulting S.p.A. will:

  • Assessment of the market potential of the proposed technological solutions and development of an appropriate exploitation strategy that will include business modelling and business planning activities
  • LCA and LCC analysis in order to evaluate the environmental and economic impact of the proposed technical solution, as well as analysis and monitoring of the safety aspects and standardization/ certification issues.
  • Support to IP protection and securing of innovative potential of ideas, through the whole value chain of innovation covered. Management and support of the communication and dissemination activities, to ensure they are duly covered and punctually performed with no hindrance of the expectation for exploitation of the results.

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GasTerra contributes knowledge of the structure, development and functioning of the European natural gas markets, and the market for gas applications and Green gas. These are all essential elements in the research activities of WP1. GasTerra intends to use the project results to understand and stimulate the commercialization perspective of this new clean, efficient and sustainable gas application, especially with its possibly in combination with green gas.
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The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL, part of the U.S. Department of Energy) is a third party of the Bio-HyPP project, providing in kind contribution free of charge to the project development.
In particular, within the project NETL will contribute to mitigate remaining integration risks related to the coupling of the MGT and SOFC subsystems using long time experience in fuel cell research and hybrid system pioneering work. The laboratory will support the investigation of emergency and instability avoidance performing a surge study using the US experimental hybrid power plant test facility. In addition, they will perform theoretical and experimental analyses on the impact that fuel cell degradation has on the whole system performance and controllability.
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