Smart-CHP Project

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.

Feedstock Used

Grape pomace, olive & peach kernels, almond shells, etc.

Operating Environments

In lab & in fully operational environments.


  • Power: 3.4 kWel & 9.0 kWth
  • Energy: 0.8 kWhel & 2.1 kWhth per kg of grape residues