Reducing the carbon footprint of our society is imperative, especially given environmental stress and climate change.

This can be achieved by capturing and confining anthropogenic CO2 emissions (an immediate measure) as well as by replacing fossil-based fuels with renewable or waste-derived fuels (a more sustainable solution). MCFCs are unique in being able to do both these things.

Thanks to their operating principle, CO2 can be extracted from a gas stream on the cathode side and renewable fuels like biogas can be converted to electricity on the anode side. However, cell degradation caused by the contaminants in these gases must be addressed.

That is the scope of MCFC-CONTEX.

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26 June 2014:
Exchange meeting with External Advisor Fuel Cell Energy Solutions and Fraunhofer IKTS

The outcome of MCFC-CONTEX will be shared with the External Advisor of the project in order to discuss about the exploitation of scientific results and prototypes generated within the project. In particular the economic assessment of the fuel clean-up strategies and the optical gas analysis device for real-time, online monitoring of sulphur species are of immediate interest to FCES. Fraunhofer IKTS will assess the potential for future collaboration on MCFC research with the MCFC CONTEX partners.

22-23 May 2014:

The final plenary meeting for the project will be held in Rome, at the ENEA facilities. Here, the project results will be reviewed and opportunities for continuing collaboration discussed. The programme is available here

19 February 2014:
World's Largest Fuel Cell Park Completed in South Korea

FuelCell Energy announced completion of the world's largest fuel cell park in South Korea. The Gyeonggi Green Energy fuel cell park, located in Hwasung City, South Korea, is fully operational. The largest fuel cell park in the world, the facility consists of 21 FuelCell Energy DFC3000® power plants, rated at 2.8 megawatts each, requiring only about 5.1 acres of land for 59 megawatts of new and renewable power. The fuel cell park provides continuous baseload electricity to the South Korean electric grid and usable high quality heat for a district heating system. POSCO Energy commenced construction on this project in November 2012 and finished in only 13 months, illustrating the ability to rapidly construct multi-megawatt fuel cell installations that enhance grid resiliency.

23-24 January 2014:

The 48 months' MCFC-CONTEX progress meeting will be held in Genoa, to set up the final stretch of the project to its conclusion. The programme is available here

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