Our greatest challenge today is climate change. Global warming has already had drastic consequences and it is set to continue unless we do something drastic about it. The EU has therefore set out its Green Deal to make Europe climate-neutral by 2050. And it’s a big deal, with fossil fuels needing to be replaced within 29 years.
To achieve this, our energy system must harness renewable energy with new, powerful tools. This is where the EU research project Bio-FlexGen will come in. We seek to develop a combined heat and power plant (CHP) system with hourly, daily and seasonal flexibility through hydrogen production from biomass. This includes the flexibility to switch from CHP mode in winter to hydrogen production when needed. Moreover, the system will efficiently integrate solar and wind energy
as abundant oxygen from electrolysis will be fed into the biomass gasification system that produces the hydrogen.