Marconi University, as project coordinator, hosted the partners of BLAZE project (Horizon 2020) the 21 and 22 of March 2019 for the project kick-off meeting. Daniel Maravel of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the EU Commission also participated in the event.

The BLAZE project (“Biomass Low cost Advanced Zero Emission small-to-medium scale integrated gasifier-fuel cell combined heat and power plant”), is coordinated by Enrico Bocci, Associate Professor of Thermo-Electrochemical conversion systems and head of the Laboratory of Applied Science & Technologies at Marconi University. Project partners come from both the public research and academic sector such as Università degli Studi dell’Aquila (Italy), Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (Switzerland), ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (Italy); as well as from the industrial sector such as Walter Tosto (Italy), SOLIDpower (Switzerland), HyGear (The Netherlands). Finally, Vertech Group (France) and European Biomass Association (Belgium) as experts in technical-economic and environmental impact assessments, will ensure the project greatest possible impact, dissemination and exploitation.

The BLAZE project aims to develop an advanced zero-emission cogeneration (CHP) technology in the capacity range from small (25-100 kWe) to medium (0.1-5 MWe) by using low-cost and short-chain biomass feedstocks. BLAZE will achieve these results by combining the technology of gasification, carried out in bubbling fluidized bed reactor, with the technology of high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). This integration, when taken to commercial maturity, will allow to attain the double advantage of exploiting residual feedstocks (e.g. agricultural and agro-industrial waste, residues from the maintenance of forests and urban green, dry organic fraction of municipal solid waste) in the energy sector, making them profitable, and of encouraging the widespread use of decentralised CHP production. This will provide an important contribution to the energy system in achieving the new energy and climate targets set by 2030 and the longer-term ones included in the Roadmap 2050 to achieve the Low-Carbon Economy in Europe.

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