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Non-nuclear energy

FP6 Project Status

Fission and radiation protection

October 2005
Issue 4

FP6 Project Status

This section gives basic information on the recently signed contracts under FP6 in the field of renewable energy.

Coordinated Action on Ocean Energy – CA-OE
Ocean energy systems are expected to make the transition from demonstration models to working prototypes in the near future; however, ocean energy companies and research organisations are currently small and dispersed. This co-ordinated action aims to bring together system developers and the research community to establish a common knowledge base for the development of R&D strategies. Attention will be given to the collation and analysis of data from ocean energy systems tested in real sea conditions. Workshops will be organised and reports disseminated on the following subjects: modelling, component technology, system design, performance monitoring and environmental economics.

Coordinator: K. Nielsen, Ramboll Denmark A/S, Denmark
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Improved Building Integration of PV using Thin-Film Modules in CIS Technology – BIPV-CIS
The aim of this project is to explore the potential of copper-indium-diselenide (CIS) solar panels in new and existing buildings. Photovoltaic roof tiles, overhead glazing and façade elements based on CIS materials will be developed, together with connection and mounting components. The building elements produced in the project will undergo characterisation and performance tests, including thermal behaviour, reliability and outdoor exposure. The project will also address the architectural and aesthetic aspects of building integrated photovoltaics.

Coordinator: D. Geyer
Zentrum für Sonnenenergie und Wasserstoff-Forschung, Germany
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Biomass Fuel Cell Utility System – BIOCELLUS
The BIOCELLUS project addresses the technical aspects of combining biomass gasification systems with solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The first part of the project aims to determine the necessary purity of the gaseous fuel by carrying out tests on SOFC membranes at six different biomass gasification sites. High temperature fuel cells, like SOFCs, are more tolerant to hydrocarbons in the fuel gas compared to other technologies, but require more stringent removal of acidic gas. Using the results from these experiments, the second part of the project involves the technical implementation of novel SOFC-gasification concept with an integrated gas cleaning system. The innovative SOFC-gasification concept involves using the exhaust heat of the fuel cell to heat the gasifier by means of liquid metals pipes. This so-called TopCycle concept should significantly increase the system efficiency.

Coordinator: J. Karl
University of München, Germany
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SOFC Fuel Cell Fuelled by Biomass Gasification Gas – Green Fuel
Cell The technical objective of the project is to develop a tar decomposition and gas cleaning system that can be integrated with woody biomass gasifiers, in order to produce a gas with suitably low tar content for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications. Two approaches to tar removal based on char beds - with and without bed material – will be developed and evaluated. The project will also determine the requirements of the gas cleaning system to ensure that the inorganic impurities are removed to an acceptable level. To demonstrate the feasibility, two laboratory or pilot-scale systems comprising the complete chain from gasifier to SOFC stack will be operated for 100 hours.

Coordinator: P. Girard
Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), France

Local New Energy Technology Implementation – LETIT
Local authorities often own apartment blocks, houses, public buildings, land, biomass resources and waste disposal sites. These assets have significant potential for energy savings and for the utilization of new energy technologies, yet the opportunities to take advantage of these assets and resources are not always evident to the local authorities. The LETIT project aims to examine the potential for exploiting such resources in each of the participating countries (Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal and the UK). The participating authorities will produce actions plans that identify short, medium and long-term activities to increase sustainability and the efficient use of local assets.

Coordinator: M. Rawlins, ESD, UK
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Large-scale Integration of RES-E and Cogeneration into Energy Supplies in Associated Candidate Countries – CEERES
This Specific Support Action examines the challenges that the eight Central European Member States face in meeting the EU targets for electricity and co-generation from renewable energy sources. Additionally, the CEERES project aims to facilitate the participation of the New Member States and Associated Candidate Countries in the energy research activities of the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes.

Coordinator: M. Szweykowska-Muradin, Ecofys Polska, Poland
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