Virtual Institute | KWK.NRW Receives Fuel Cell Funding

By January 21, 2020 2   min read  (401 words)

January 21, 2020 |

Two projects of the Virtual Institute | KWK.NRW are starting.
The state government of North Rhine-Westphalia and the EU use the “Research Infrastructures” competition to promote research.

In March 2019 it was clear: The joint project “KWK.NRW 4.0” is one of the winners of the 5th competition round. The approval is now complete and the subprojects “Demo Hybrid SOFC ”and“ iFlex KWK 4.0 ”have started. A total of around € 9 million will be funded by the European Fund for Regional Development (ERDF) and the state of NRW provided.
The Virtual Institute | KWK.NRW
The Virtual Institute | founded in 2014 KWK.NRW is now being extended. The term “virtual” means that existing competencies and infrastructures are networked in NRW. This is how one comes about Cooperation with the highest expertise in cogeneration. With “KWK.NRW 4.0”, the research association around another partner, the Chair of Energy Economics (EWL) of the University of Duisburg food. Research partners of the virtual institute are also the Gas and Heat Institute Essen eV (GWI, coordinator), the chairs energy technology (LET) and environmental process and plant engineering (LUAT) of the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Center for Fuel Cell Technology GmbH (ZBT).
Projects and new research infrastructures
The highly efficient and flexible provision of energy is a fundamental prerequisite for a climate-neutral supply system with a high proportion of renewable energies. The goals of “KWK.NRW 4.0” are Development and demonstration of flexible CHP concepts. Of particular importance are the CO 2 potential of CHP systems and fuel cells. The potential analysis and the expansion of research Research infrastructures for the demonstration of innovative fuel cells are the focus of the project. In “IFlex KWK 4.0”, the research partners are developing flexible CHP supply concepts for commercial customers and industrial consumers as well as neighborhoods. The simulation and analysis of systemic, ecological and economic effects are as much part of the project as the construction and operation of two innovative ones Demonstration systems. In “Demo Hybrid-SOFC” this will be done across Europe at the GWI (Essen) location first hybrid SOFC system – a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with a downstream micro gas turbine –
Installed at the ZBT (Duisburg), the existing phosphoric acid fuel Combined fabric cell (PAFC) with an absorption refrigerator. This is how a unique research platform for demonstrating the highly efficient and flexible generation of electricity, heating, and cooling.

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