31 Oct SOFC arrives to Europe
Mitsubishi Power will provide the first SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) in Europe.
The hybrid-SOFC by Mitsubishi Power is a centrepiece for the research project “KWK.NRW 4.0” funded by North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and it will operate under real conditions in 2022 in GWI (Gas-und Wärme-Institut Essen e.V). The said system will supply both electricity and heat and it will do so independently and decentralized from the existing power grid.
In theory, this system will be able to provide enough electricity and heat for the usual operation of a hospital a large office building or about 300 houses. The system offers a further advantage since it can be powered by various types of fuel from natural gas to biogas or hydrogen. The fact the system can be powered by hydrogen means that the only emission will be water thus contributing to the decarbonization of electricity. Mitsubishi has already installed 9 units do the hybrid-SOFC in Japan.
The dimensions of the system allow its use in an already existing heat and power supply system. As professor Emmanouil Kakaras, Head of the New Products Business Unit at Mitsubishi Power Europe: “We are delighted to bring the unique SOFC system to European market. It confirms the growing demand for clean energy sources where Mitsubishi Power has vast expertise…Apart from SOFC, we are fully equipped with numerous state-of-the-art technologies and solutions which are contributing to a successful energy transition.” These technologies include hydrogen gas turbines, large-scale battery storage solutions, Energy-to-X technologies, Bionmass conversion and heat pump systems.
The Professor Klaus Görner, scientific director of GWI said: “An energy system with a high proportion of renewable energies inevitably requires plants that can supply electricity and heat reliably, quickly and in an environmentally friendly manner when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing.”