University of Milano to test ethanol fuel cell

By | March 05, 2009
The University of Milano in Milan, Italy, has ordered an ethanol-powered GH2-5000 Energy System fuel cell from Helbio SA in Rio, Greece, to evaluate the system for Helbio's Italian investors. The fuel cell can produce five kilowatts of electrical energy and five kilowatts of heat energy from ethanol. The ethanol is first converted to hydrogen using steam reformation and a catalyst within a reactor. The hydrogen is then fed to the fuel cell. The fuel cell was manufactured by Exergy Fuel Cells in Bologna, Italy. Both Helbio and Exergy are subsidiaries of Morphic Technologies AB, a fuel cell and wind turbine manufacturing company based in Kariskoga, Sweden. Morphic said the system is 90 percent efficient.