Finnish Expertise for Italian Waste Water

In the European Demosofc Project, Convion Ltd and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd will demonstrate fuel cell systems for high-efficiency cogeneration of heat and power from biogas produced in connection with waste water treatment in Italy.

The fuel cell plant in the Collegno waste water treatment facility of the Italian Società Metropolitana Acque Torino S.p.A. (SMAT) in Turin will be the first of its kind in Europe in terms of size and technology. As reported, the system being developed in this project will satisfy 30 percent of the electrical needs of the waste water treatment and 100 percent of the normal thermal needs of the treatment process.

The five-year project (2015-2020) has an overall budget of 5.9 million Euro and is financed by the European Union with 4.2 million Euro in the framework of the Horizon 2020 program. The project is coordinated by the Italian Politechnico di Torino, and the multinational European project consortium consists of Convion and VTT from Finland, Polito and SMAT from Italy, and the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine from the UK.