5kWel & 12kWth CHP Prototype Unit
The SMARt-CHP prototype was developed under EU LIFE+ financing, with the collaboration of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, & operated for a total of more than 3,000 hours, using various feedstock – namely grape seeds, olive & peach kernels, almond shells, etc. The prototype has demonstrated its operation under fully operational environments & utilizing locally produced/existing raw feedstock; achieving a technology readiness level of TRL7.
The project took place between 2010 and 2012 & its acronym is LIFE08/ENV/GR/000576 SMARt-CHP. The project aimed to demonstrate an innovative, small-scale, mobile power production unit, which uses the agricultural residues generated in rural areas where large amounts of biomass wastes are available. The total project budget was € 947,287 (EU contribution € 450,143) and was divided among the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the District Heating Company of Ptolemaida & the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Amyntaion in Greece.