Next generation fuel cells key to new Finnish renewable energy system

Elcogen and fuel cell system developer Convion to power two combined heat and power (CHP) systems for the LEMENE smart grid, led by energy company Lempäälän Energia.

Leading fuel cell manufacturer Elcogen has teamed up with fuel cell system developer Convion to power two combined heat and power (CHP) systems for the LEMENE smart grid, led by energy company Lempäälän Energia.

The 116 kW of fuel cell power foreseen in this project will use Elcogen stacks produced according to qSOFC quality assurance criteria and instruments.

Read the full press release here.

Lempäälä Energia CEO Toni Laakso said:

“The LEMENE system will operate mainly as part of the public electrical grid but can also operate as a supporting reserve system for the public electrical grid, or independently off-grid, on demand.

“The LEMENE smart grid will feature a variety of smart technologies that will respond to changing electric demand, enabled by automation solutions adapted to the micro-grid. An important part of the project is to secure energy availability as renewable energy production varies.

“In conjunction with the solar array and battery storage, the LEMENE system also required a highly-efficient combined heat and power system from Convion that would convert biogas to generate electricity and heat to supply nearby businesses.”

Elcogen CEO Enn Õunpuu said:

“We’re excited that Elcogen’s next generation fuel cell technology is at the heart of this renewable energy smart grid system that can demonstrate how to decarbonise Europe’s energy markets and deliver self-sufficiency for residential and commercial power.

“This key renewable energy project will serve as an exceptional opportunity to explore how a larger scale smart grid functions in conjunction with the current electricity market, while generating 100 per cent renewable power from solar and bio-gas sources.”

” It is also important to highlight that this project is based upon the good results of EU’s Horizon2020 / Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking projects INNO-SOFC (671403), qSOFC (725160), and NELLHI (621227).”


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