Scientists from the Institute of Agronomy of Bornim ATB (Institut fur
Agratechnik Bornim eV) have successfully developed and tested a biogas fuel cell process which is a major step forward in the generation of electricity by biogas. It is the first PEM technology using biogas that is available and affordable.
Under the direction of Mr. Volkhard Scholz, the ATB project team used
a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) for the
production of heat and combined electricity (heat-energy coupling). The fuel cell system has been successfully tested by several
large energy suppliers with home energy systems running on natural gas. It can adapt without any problem to cases
requiring different powers.
The results, which confirm that PEM fuel cells are suitable
biogas, are very promising for future applications.
From an energy and environmental policy point of view, the use of biogas in fuel cells offers a very effective combination of a cost-effective renewable energy source and an environmentally friendly technology with high efficiencies.
- Dr.-Ing Volkhard Scholz - Institute fur Agrartechnik Bornim eV (ATB),
Abteilung Technik der Aufbereitung, Lagerung and Konservierung, Max Eyth
Allee 100, 14469 Potsdam, fax: + 49 331 5699 849, e-mail:
Sources: Depeche IDW, ATB Press Release, 07 / 10 / 2004
Editor: Nicolas Condette, firstname.lastname@example.org