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Biogas-fired Combined Hybrid Heat and Power Plant

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "Bio-HyPP" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Linder Hoehe
city: KOELN
postcode: 51147

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 5˙775˙868 €
 EC max contribution 5˙775˙868 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Develop geothermal, hydro, marine and other renewable energy options)
2. H2020-EU. (Develop efficient, reliable and cost-competitive solar energy systems)
3. H2020-EU. (Develop the full potential of wind energy)
 Code Call H2020-LCE-2014-1
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-06-01   to  2019-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    MICRO TURBINE TECHNOLOGY BV NL (BREDA) participant 1˙296˙406.00
3    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA IT (GENOVA) participant 623˙125.00
5    HIFLUX LTD UK (LONDON) participant 417˙500.00
6    RINA CONSULTING SPA IT (GENOVA) participant 377˙500.00
7    GASTERRA BV NL (GRONINGEN) participant 91˙250.00
8    SUNFIRE GMBH DE (DRESDEN) participant 89˙611.00


 Project objective

To reach the goals of improving the efficiency of CHP systems while simultaneously widening the biomass feedstock base as well as increasing operational flexibility, the project aims to develop a full scale technology demonstrator of a hybrid power plant using biogas as main fuel in lab environment. A combined hybrid heat and power plant combines a micro gas turbine (MGT) and a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). The focus of the technology demonstration plant is to prove the functional capability of the plant concept, followed by detailed characterization and optimization of the integration of both subsystems. The main objective is to move the technology beyond the state of the art to TRL 4. Electrical efficiencies of more than 60% and total thermal efficiencies of more than 90% are intended to reach at base load conditions. An operational flexibility ranging from 25% to 100% electric power should be achieved. The emission levels should not exceed 10 ppm NOx and 20 ppm CO (at 15% vol. residual oxygen). The system should allow the use of biogas with methane contents varying from 40-75%, thus covering the biogas qualities from the fermentation of the entire biomass feedstock range. To achieve the objectives the subsystems MGT and SOFC including their subcomponents have to be adjusted and optimized by a multidisciplinary design approach using numerical and experimental measures to ensure a proper balance of plant. In addition an integrated control system has to be developed and implemented to achieve a reliable operation of the coupled subsystems. A detailed analysis of different European markets, economic and technical constraints in terms of biogas production potentials will clarify the regional suitable sizes and attractive performance conditions of the power plant system. To identify cost reduction potentials a thermo-economic analysis will be performed. Here, an internal rate of return (IRR) of the system of higher than 15% should be achieved over a 20 years.


List of deliverables.
Final summary project report Documents, reports 2020-03-06 16:55:53
Technology demonstrator having operated for continuous 100 hours Documents, reports 2020-03-06 16:55:50
Operation of technology demonstrator of hybrid power plant of MGT and SOFC Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-03-06 16:55:58
Characteristics of the hybrid power plant with emulated SOFC Documents, reports 2020-03-06 15:37:11
System performance and dynamic models validation Documents, reports 2020-02-12 17:15:41
Technology demonstrator of the top-economic layout SOFC ready Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-02-12 17:15:27
Compressor surge study under large variable volumes Documents, reports 2020-02-12 17:15:25
LCA and LCC analysis of the Hybrid Power Plant Documents, reports 2020-02-07 15:23:40
Guidelines for health and safety, standardization and certification Documents, reports 2020-02-07 15:23:39
Control system implementation and validation Documents, reports 2020-02-07 15:23:39
Hybrid system emulation results Documents, reports 2020-02-07 15:23:39
Optimised Electrical drive Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-02-07 15:23:39
Second Stakeholders’ vision document Documents, reports 2020-02-07 15:23:39
Innovative Business Model Documents, reports 2020-02-07 15:23:38
SOFC stack characterization and optimisation Documents, reports 2020-02-07 15:23:38
SOFC auxiliary component characterisation Documents, reports 2020-02-07 15:23:38
Real time dynamic models Documents, reports 2020-02-07 15:23:38
Leaflet and poster on the project Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-07 15:23:39
Combustor prototype manufactured Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-02-07 15:23:39
Upgraded hybrid system emulation rigs Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-02-07 15:23:38
Public website set-up Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-02-07 15:23:38
First Stakeholders’ vision document Documents, reports 2020-02-07 15:23:38
Static thermodynamic system models Other 2020-02-07 15:23:39
Analysis of market opportunities and legislative assessment Documents, reports 2020-02-07 15:23:39
Hybrid Power Plant emulator (real MGT with SOFC emulator) with optimised components Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-02-07 15:23:39

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of Bio-HyPP deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Martina Hohloch, Melanie Herbst, Anna Marcellan, Timo Lingstädt, Thomas Krummrein, Manfred Aigner
A Test Rig for the Experimental Investigation of a MGT/SOFC Hybrid Power Plant Based on a 3kW el Micro Gas Turbine
published pages: 2012, ISSN: 2267-1242, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/201911302012
E3S Web of Conferences 113 2020-02-07
2019 Mario L. Ferrari, Matteo Pascenti, Aristide F. Massardo
Microturbine-Based Test Rig for Emulation of SOFC Hybrid Systems
published pages: 2004, ISSN: 2267-1242, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/201911302004
E3S Web of Conferences 113 2020-02-07
2019 Reggio Federico, Mario L. Ferrari, Paolo Silvestri, Aristide F. Massardo
Surge Precursors from Compressor Vibro-Acoustic Analysis
published pages: 2013, ISSN: 2267-1242, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/201911302013
E3S Web of Conferences 113 2020-02-07
2019 Mario L. Ferrari, Matteo Pascenti, Alessio Abrassi
Test Rig for Emulation of Turbocharged SOFC Plants
published pages: 2001, ISSN: 2267-1242, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/201911302001
E3S Web of Conferences 113 2020-02-07
2019 Matthias Metten, Marius Tomberg, Marc P. Heddrich, K. Andreas Friedrich
Analysis of experimental results of a Pressurized Solid Oxide Fuel Cell System simulating a Hybrid Power Plant
published pages: 2007, ISSN: 2267-1242, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/201911302007
E3S Web of Conferences 113 2020-02-07
2019 Carlo Alberto Niccolini Marmont Du Haut Champ, Aristide Fausto Massardo, Mario Luigi Ferrari, Paolo Silvestri
Surge prevention in gas turbines: an overview over historical solutions and perspectives about the future
published pages: 2003, ISSN: 2267-1242, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/201911302003
E3S Web of Conferences 113 2020-02-07
2019 Luca Mantelli, David Tucker, Mario Luigi Ferrari
Dynamic Effect of Cold-Air Bypass Valve for Compressor Surge Recovery and Prevention in Fuel Cell Gas Turbine Hybrid Systems
published pages: 2014, ISSN: 2267-1242, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/201911302014
E3S Web of Conferences 113 2020-02-07
2019 Andrea Giugno, Luca Mantelli, Alessandra Cuneo, Alberto Traverso
Robust Design of a Hybrid Energy System
published pages: 2008, ISSN: 2267-1242, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/201911302008
E3S Web of Conferences 113 2020-02-07
2019 Anna Marcellan, Alessio Abrassi, Marius Tomberg
Cyber-Physical System of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell/Micro Gas Turbine Hybrid Power Plant
published pages: 2006, ISSN: 2267-1242, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/201911302006
E3S Web of Conferences 113 2020-02-07
2019 Timo Lingstädt, Felix Grimm, Peter Kutne, Manfred Aigner
Design and setup of a low calorific SOFC off-gas combustion chamber for a pressurized MGT hybrid power plant test rig
published pages: 2016, ISSN: 2267-1242, DOI: 10.1051/e3sconf/201911302016
E3S Web of Conferences 113 2020-02-07
2017 Valentina Zaccaria, David Tucker, Alberto Traverso
Gas turbine advanced power systems to improve solid oxide fuel cell economic viability
published pages: U96IED, ISSN: 2515-3080, DOI: 10.22261/u96ied
Journal of the Global Power and Propulsion Society 1 2020-02-07
2018 Valentina, Zaccaria; Cuneo, Alessandra; Sorce, Alessandro
Influence of multiple degrading components on gas Turbine fuel cell hybrid system lifetime
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of GPPS Forum 18 Global Power and Propulsion Society 1 2020-02-07
2019 L. Mantelli, M. De Campo, M.L. Ferrari, L. Magistri
Fuel flexibility for a turbocharged SOFC system
published pages: 1974-1979, ISSN: 1876-6102, DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2019.01.454
Energy Procedia 158 2020-02-07
2018 T. Krummrein, M. Henke, P. Kutne, M. Aigner
Numerical analysis of operating range and SOFC-off-gas combustor requirements of a biogas powered SOFC-MGT hybrid power plant
published pages: 598-606, ISSN: 0306-2619, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.09.166
Applied Energy 232 2020-02-07

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