for the food sector
Bio fuel cell te chnology 6 4/2017 eFOOD-Lab international
Self-made bio energy from local resources to contribute to green footprint for the Food industry
Author: Heinz J. Sturm, Civil Engineer
Dipl. Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technician Email: HeinzSturm@clean-energy-bonn.org
The production of the different products/food from animals
contributes signifantly to the greenhouse effect. The CO2,
material, water and the required land area consumed for
the production are closely examined and evaluated.
Climate-friendly products as well as production technologies including
transport of goods in all areas of the Food industry are required. Hydrogen
even as a feedstock for several food production systems is essential.
The food industry needs the green footprint and suitable labels for the
marketing of the products. For many years, organic labels have been a buying
argument for the consumer. Carbon Footprint is one of these labels.
Technologies: hydrogen and fuel cells
Fuel cells produce energy through an electrochemical reaction that
uses hydrogen. This combustion-free technology is available today to
power a range of applications.
With low-to-zero emissions, depending on fuel feedstock, and the
additional benefits of high efficiency, reliability and scalability to any
power need, fuel cells are now finding a niche powering various operations
for food manufacturers.
What is a fuel cell?
Nothing else then a gasbattery. It combines hydrogen (from hydro)
and oxigen from the air into water, heat and electricity.
Fuel cells have moved from outer space to everyday applications.
Large fuel cells now act as power plants, located on-site to supply
electricity, and in some cases, heating and cooling, to large buildings,
office complexes and manufacturing facilities; smaller fuel cells power
portable, off-grid and mobile applications, such as cars, trucks, tractors,
boats, trains, planes, buses, rockets, drones, submarines, recreational
vehicles and forklifts.
Renewable Hydrogen Production, -storage, -transport and -utilization for the Transport Sector, Household and Industry. (Source:
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)