A Greek company offers hydrogen production systems from both renewable and conventional sources

Summary

A Greek high-tech company active in the field of renewable energy sources, offers hydrogen production systems from bio-fuels. Τhe company is looking for academic and industrial collaborations, in order to profitably develop and deploy innovative, environmentally clean and energy-efficient solutions. The type of partnership varies between commercial agreement with technical assistance, license agreement, research cooperation agreement or technical cooperation agreement.

Partner sought

The company mainly addresses applications of innovative hydrogen technologies in the fields of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and Smart Mobility. In this direction, potential end users and strategic allies could be. The type of partnership varies between: 1. Commercial agreement with technical assistance. The Greek company will provide the products. Potential users could be constructors of on- or off- grid households and other buildings, telecommunication towers, Industrial gas producers, refineries and fuel suppliers, oil & gas distribution companies, automotive industry, maritime industry,government entities. 2. License agreement. The Greek company will provide the hydrogen production technology. Potential adopters: Power and thermal solutions providers, refineries and fuel suppliers, oil & gas distribution companies, automotive industry, maritime industry. 3. Research cooperation agreement or technical cooperation agreement for the co-development of new products or technologies under a specific call or a technical cooperation agreement. Potential partners include academia, energy solutions technology providers, research and development insitutions.

Description

The Greek high-tech SME company is dealing with the development and commercialization of hydrogen production systems, using renewable or conventional energy sources. The systems are used either for industrial applications or integrated with fuel cells, for power or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) production. On-going research from the company is targeting the commercialization of new products and processes. The company has implemented, so far, several fuel processing systems running on various fuels like LPG, natural gas, biogas and ethanol, operating in a wide screen of capacity power range (0.5-50kW). The main products of the company including first micro-CHP systems delivering 5kWel (Kilowatt Electric) & 7kWth (Kilowatt Thermal). Power or heat production takes place using the produced hydrogen from the system. Powered with a variety of fuels the systems could be used in residential, remote cabins, telecommunication towers, and sailing yachts as a supplementary power generator. The systems have capacities from 0.5 kW up to >500 kW and are operating with natural gas, propane/LPG or biogas. The systems are capable to operate with raw biogas Secondly, industrial hydrogen Generators for high purity Hydrogen Production (Refueling Stations, Industrial applications and Power Plants), ranging from 10-300 NCMH (Normal Cubic Meters per Hour). In this direction, potential end users and strategic allies are: Constructors of on- or off- grid households and other buildings, telecommunication towers, Industrial gas producers, refineries and fuel suppliers, oil & gas distribution companies, automotive industry, maritime industry, research organizations, as well as government entities. The Greek company could supply the systems or license the technology. Additionally, the company is open in co-development of new systems under technical agreement.

Advantages and innovations

Concerning the micro-CHP system, the technology is based on proprietary and patented reactor catalyst configurations for reformation processes. The reactor configurations utilize the concept of the heat Integrated wall reactor which offers the following attractive characteristics. The systems offer high heat transfer rate and they are compact with high power/volume ratio. The systems run in lower operating temperatures so no flames produced. The electrical efficiency is greater than 35%, more than twice the efficiency of common diesel generators and the fuel cost is more than two times lower. Maintenance costs is expected to be reduced to less than 50% compared to the maintenance cost of conventional power generators due to construction simplicity. The systems are characterized by reduced emissions as they emit 170 times lower amounts of NOx and HC, 27 times lower amounts of CO than conventional technologies and zero amounts of Sox. Finally, they produce very low noise and vibration levels and offer Interconnection capability with residential-use heat pumps. Concerning the industrial hydrogen generators, these can produce high purity hydrogen with -50% less operational cost. They are 40 times smaller than a conventional reformer with enhanced safety due to no-flames operation. The close coupling of reforming/combustion sides leads to high heat transfer characteristics and a low-cost reactor design.

Development stage

Available for demonstration

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Patents granted

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