Biomass-to-fuel cell systems: An alternative for renewable distributed power generation

V. Cigolotti, D. Ceroni, G. Fiorenza, G. Graditi, M.R. Mastrullo, A. Paone, S. Scarfogliero

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Abstract

The combination of biomass and fuel cell enables high efficiency utilisation of a renewable energy source, maximizing the energetic yield and minimizing the environmental impact in terms of polluting emissions. Fuel cells are expected to become an attractive option for being used with fuel gas produced either from anaerobic digestion or thermal gasification of biomass. The objective of this work is to assess the technical and economic feasibility of distributed generation via biomass powered fuel cells, using two different types of feedstock: lignocellulosic biomass and residues with high organic content. For this purpose, possible combinations of biomass gasification and anaerobic digestion with molten carbonate fuel cell are analysed and compared to conventional solutions. This study has been carried out through the A.I.D.A. web software tool, developed by ENEA in collaboration with the University of Naples Federico II, which allows to analyse various business scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event5th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference and Exhibition, EFC 2013 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …

Conference

Conference5th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference and Exhibition, EFC 2013
CountryItaly
CityRome
Period1/1/13 → …

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Cigolotti, V., Ceroni, D., Fiorenza, G., Graditi, G., Mastrullo, M. R., Paone, A., & Scarfogliero, S. (2013). Biomass-to-fuel cell systems: An alternative for renewable distributed power generation. Paper presented at 5th European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference and Exhibition, EFC 2013, Rome, Italy.