On January 13th, BioCat partner Neas Energy visited the BioCat facility at BIOFOS in Avedøre along with 35 engineering students from the Danish Technical University – DTU – and their teachers.
The purpose of the visit was for the students to get first hand insight into the workings of the energy system.
To start off, the students had an introduction from Stig Dalum, Communications Manager at BIOFOS, explaining where the energy comes from and why BIOFOS is part of the project about why the company is part of the BioCat Project. Afterwards, Lotte Holmberg Rasmussen, R&D Project Manager at Neas Energy, explained about Electricity markets, flexible consumption, and why the energy systems need to be interconnected.
Finally, Hans Knudsen, Operation Manager from Electrochaea, gave the students an introduction to the BioCat project and the principles behind power-to-gas via biological catalysis, followed by a tour at the BIOFOS plant, where they also got to visit the BioCat facility itself, which will soon be ready for operation.
The students showed great interest in the workings of both the BIOFOS plant and the BioCat facility. They were particularly interested in the archaea bacteria used for the BioCat transformation process and how tough and resistant this bacteria really is, but there were also questions about the facility, e.g. about the costs of operating the electrolysis container. On a more general level, the students asked quite a few questions about the overall energy system and electricity markets – and how flexible units can fit into these.
Once the construction has been completed and the BioCat facility is fully operational, it will possible to conduct more tours for students and other interested parties.