Biogas2PEM-FC project partners have been working in the lab these months in order to complete the R&D technical work required as for the development of the project solution. Concerning main stages of the process, anaerobic digestion, reforming and PEM-FC operation have been optimised.
As for the anaerobic digestion process, main results are related to the selection of the best available pre-treatment strategy, the selection of operational conditions (temperature, mixture of wastes and substrates, study of possible inoculums, etc, etc) and the study of the potential use of the digestate as fertiliser.
Regarding the reformer, main results achieved are related to biogas purification strategies, to the developments of catalysers in order to enhance reforming process performance and to the study of the best option for reformate treatment in order to meet PEM-FC specifications.
Finally, PEM-FC operation under different conditions has been studied. Additionally, different MEAs have been studied and effect of different impurities has been deeply analysed.
All the information produced through this work (that is related to WP1, WP2 and WP3) is now being used as for the design and construction of the modular prototype. after its implementation in the already selected olive mill cooperative the aforementioned information will be further used for defining the set-points of the device.