Laboratory of Micro-Cogeneration

The laboratory is a complete infrastructure for testing cogeneration and trigeneration units fueled by natural gas, hydrogen, synthetic gas or any mixtures of the previous, as well as for testing heat pumps, absorption chillers and boilers. The units are characterised in terms of energy and environmental performances, allowing also to improve physical components and control logics. Tests are executed according to internal procedures as well as to available standards.

Tests

Micro-cogeneration

Electric power output up to 100 kW and thermal up to 200 kW at max 150°C

Tri-generation

Integrated or separated systems. e.g. CHP + absorption chillers and/or heat pumps, with mechanical or electrical drive

Hydrogen production

Fuel processors with variable fuel feeding up to 300 kWth power input, and electrolyzers up to 50 kWe electric input

Chillers

Absorption/adsorption chillers up to 100 kW inlet thermal power at max 150°C, and compression chillers up to 100 kWel

Heat pumps

Compression and absorption heat pumps, including engine driven, up to 200 kW thermal power output

Boilers

Hot water generation up to 200 kWth power output at max 150°C

Micro-cogeneration units

Internal combustion units (reciprocating engines, micro-turbines)

Closed cycles

Fuel cells (PEM, SOFC)

Fuel processors (reformers and hydrogen production)

Features

Gas mixtures

Feeding different gases, both pure and mixtre

Measurements analysis

Analysing with great precision energy and mass balances, as well as emissions

Storages

Thermal and electrical storages

Grid integration

Testing of grid-connected and grid-forming units. Emulator of grid perturbations

Measurements

Steady state or pre-defined cycles

«Micro-generation is a novel way of producing heat and power on site near the end-user with the potential high reliability, efficiency and security of energy supply.»

[IEA –EBC summary report]

Prof. Stefano Campanari

General Manager at LMC

stefano.campanari@polimi.it

Laboratory of Micro-Cogeneration Gallery