Biomass Low cost Advanced Zero Emission
small-to-medium scale integrated gasifier fuel cell 
combined heat and power plant

 BLAZE is a Horizon 2020 project to develop an innovative, highly efficient and fuel-flexible technology for combined heat and power from biomass. The project will demonstrate the use of an integrated biomass gasifier and fuel cell CHP plant, as cost-effective way to produce renewable electricity and heat from residual biomass. 

The CHP system will integrate technologies with proven performance and reliability: bubbling fluidised bed gasification, hot gas cleaning and conditioning, industrialised solide oxide fuel cells and off-gas recirculation.The project is in line with the SET-Plan Key Action 8 on renewable fuels and bioenergy and it will contribute to feed the innovation cycle, laying the basis for the next generation of biomass technologies in the EU.

Clean energy from small and medium- scale decentralized systems

    • The BLAZE CHP system will be applicable to capacities ranging from 25 kWe up to 0.1-5MWe.
    • The technology will be able to operate with high efficiency at partial loads
    • The system will represent a solution for the balancing of local grids and will contribute to providing flexibility to the energy system.

    Cost competitiveness


    • The thermal and chemical integration of the gasifier with the solid oxide fuel cell will allow to achieve lower capital and installation costs than other biomass technologies in the same capacity range.

    • The bubbling fluidized bed gasifier will be able to use a large variety of biomass types including many low-cost residues from forestry, agriculture and organic waste, thus keeping the operational costs low.

    High energy efficiency – zero emissions


    • The system will be capable of achieve a net electric efficiency up to 50% and overall combined heat and power efficiency up to 90%.
    • The CO2 balance of the system will be neutral, and the flue gas emissions will be equal to zero or negligible


    BLAZE presented during the ATI conference 2020

    Professor Bocci, from USGM, presented the BLAZE project during the last ATI conference (15-16 September) The Italian Thermotechnical Association (ATI) operates in the field of energy conversion and promotes research, innovation and the transfer of knowledge between...

    BLAZE project presented at EFC 2019

    Last week, Professor Enrico Bocci from the University “Guglielmo Marconi” presented the BLAZE project before an international audience during the European Fuel Cell Conference and Exhibition 2019. 

    Power Production from Biomass – Workshop outcomes

    The experience of EU projects in the field of power prooduction from biomassat the second meeting of the BLAZE project Residual biomass is undoubtedly a resource that can be used for energy purposes. Its proper use can meet sustainability and environmental impact...

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