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DEMOnstration of large SOFC system fed with biogas from WWTP

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "DEMOSOFC" data sheet

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Organization address
city: TORINO
postcode: 10129

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 5˙905˙336 €
 EC max contribution 4˙492˙561 € (76%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Increase the electrical efficiency and the durability of the different fuel cells used for power production to levels which can compete with conventional technologies, while reducing costs)
 Code Call H2020-JTI-FCH-2014-1
 Funding Scheme FCH2-IA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    POLITECNICO DI TORINO IT (TORINO) coordinator 555˙000.00
2    CONVION OY FI (ESPOO) participant 2˙631˙037.00
3    Società Metropolitana Acque Torino S.p.A. IT (Torino) participant 665˙437.00
4    Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy FI (Espoo) participant 392˙625.00


 Project objective

Energy Context and EU position The “Europe 2020” strategy promotes the shift towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy to achieve sustainable growth. The European policies on energy and sustainability are thus contributing to the diversification of the primary energy mix and to the introduction of distributed power technologies with high efficiency and low carbon emissions. , From the point of view of energy policy, the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan for 2020 identifies Strategic Technologies Focus on the following priorities: • Energy Efficiency: high efficiency conversion devices represent elements of a higher efficiency portfolio • Renewable Energy: traditional RES (solar, wind, hydro) but also biogenous fuels (biogas, bio-syngas, bio-fuels) and new synthetic vectors (H2, synthetic NG,….) • Carbon capture and storage: mitigation of CO2 emissions (related to efficient energy conversion devices, and improved adoption of RES fuels) and CO2 recovery • Smart Grid: large topic, in which several technologies are included (energy storage, ICT intelligence of the grid, prosumer….), among which the concept of distributed CHP plant gets an important role DEMOSOFC objectives 1. DEMO and deep analysis of an innovative solution of distributed CHP system based on SOFC, with high interest in the industrial/commercial application representing the best solution in the sub-MW distributed CHP in terms of efficiency and emissions 2. DEMO of a distributed CHP system fed by a biogenous CO2 neutral fuel: biogas from anaerobic digestion 3. DEMO in a real industrial installation 4. DEMO of the high achievements of such systems: electrical efficiency, thermal recovery, low emissions, plant integration, economic interest for best use of renewable fuels in a future of decreasing incentives 5. EXPLOITATION and BUSINESS analysis of replication of this type of innovative energy systems 6. DISSEMINATION of the high interest (energy and economic) of such systems


List of deliverables.
Annual Data Reporting: year 3 Documents, reports 2019-07-23 16:40:43
Project Management Handbook Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:50:35
Site preparation for the installation of the DEMO Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-30 12:50:22
Survey of commercial biogas cleaning systems and creating base for cleaning system investment Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:50:44
Annual data Reporting: year 1 Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:50:42
Annual data Reporting: year 2 Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:50:31
Connection of the SOFC system to the DEMO (fuel supply, electrical connection, thermal recovery) Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-30 12:50:33
Cost/benefit analysis of the system Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:50:32
Optimization of the DEMO Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:50:33
Energy Planning of the DEMO Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:50:34
Detailed engineering of the DEMO Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:50:33
Report on the WEB portal Documents, reports 2019-05-30 12:50:31

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of DEMOSOFC deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Davide Papurello, Luca Tomasi, Silvia Silvestri, Ilaria Belcari, Massimo Santarelli, Federico Smeacetto, Franco Biasioli
Biogas trace compound removal with ashes using proton transfer reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometry as innovative detection tool
published pages: 62-75, ISSN: 0378-3820, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuproc.2016.01.028
Fuel Processing Technology 145 2019-06-06
2016 Davide Papurello, Luca Tomasi, Silvia Silvestri, Massimo Santarelli
Evaluation of the Wheeler-Jonas parameters for biogas trace compounds removal with activated carbons
published pages: 93-101, ISSN: 0378-3820, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuproc.2016.06.006
Fuel Processing Technology 152 2019-06-06
2018 Sara Giarola, Ornella Forte, Andrea Lanzini, Marta Gandiglio, Massimo Santarelli, Adam Hawkes
Techno-economic assessment of biogas-fed solid oxide fuel cell combined heat and power system at industrial scale
published pages: 689-704, ISSN: 0306-2619, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.11.029
Applied Energy 211 2019-06-06
2018 M. MosayebNezhad, A.S. Mehr, M. Gandiglio, A. Lanzini, M. Santarelli
Techno-economic assessment of biogas-fed CHP hybrid systems in a real wastewater treatment plant
published pages: 1263-1280, ISSN: 1359-4311, DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2017.10.115
Applied Thermal Engineering 129 2019-06-06
2016 Mortaza Yari, Ali Saberi Mehr, Seyed Mohammad Seyed Mahmoudi, Massimo Santarelli
A comparative study of two SOFC based cogeneration systems fed by municipal solid waste by means of either the gasifier or digester
published pages: 586-602, ISSN: 0360-5442, DOI: 10.1016/
Energy 114 2019-06-06
2016 Davide Papurello, Andrea Lanzini, Davide Drago, Pierluigi Leone, Massimo Santarelli
Limiting factors for planar solid oxide fuel cells under different trace compound concentrations
published pages: 67-78, ISSN: 0360-5442, DOI: 10.1016/
Energy 95 2019-06-06

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