DEMOSOFC: fuel cell for circular economy

EU households and economic activities generate about 2.5 billion tonnes of waste per year, 1.6 billion of which are not reused or recycled. Looking into solutions to treat and transform waste into new resources remains one of the top priorities in view of addressing environmental and sustainability challenges. Therefore the concept of circular economy takes on greater significance, standing for an alternative model that promotes reuse, repair, refurbishment and recycling, recuperating rare raw materials and transforming waste into a resource.

The FCH JU also supports such projects in line with circular economy as fuel cell technologies allow for the production of clean energy from fuels coming out of waste treatment. The DEMOSOFC project has put into operation the largest biogas-fed fuel cell plant in Europe. The plant is a combined heat and power energy system, working by recovering the biogas obtained from the digestion of the sludge produced by Turin's wastewater treatment process. The fuel cell plant generates zero-emission energy as it is CO2 neutral and has no contaminants nor pollutants emissions. The replication potential of this installation is very significant. The DEMOSOFC project has estimated that a 90% of the waste water treatment plants in Europe or more  than 26,889 sites could use the same technology.

The state of progress of the DEMOSOFC project will be presented on the 27th February in Brussels as part of the event organised by Public Policy Exchange in Brussels on “Fostering the Transition towards a Circular Economy in Europe: Turning Waste into a Resource.

More information about project DEMOSOFC can be found here