The department has been involved in a major project on ”Integrated
BIO-FC Technology”, along with a number of
Asian partner universities in China (Dalian
Maritime University); Malaysia (University
Science of Malaysia, School of Mechanical Engineering,
Penang); and India (Central
Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal; and Tamil
Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU)/Faculty
of Agricultural Engineering, Coimbatore). In November
2002 the project was given a Swedish Research Links (Asian–Swedish
research partnership programme) grant on 600 000 SEK for three
years (2003-05) by Sida and the Swedish Research Council. (An
earlier collaborative project with TNAU was running in the 1990s,
from 1991 to 1997.) Rolando
Zanzi (photo to the right ) has been in charge
of the project at the Swedish side. The project was completed in 2005.
Other Swedish researcher involved in the project were: Yohannes Kiros,
and Bin Zhu.
In India the principal researchers involved are Anil
Kumar Dubey at the Central Institute
of Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Energy & Power Division, Bhopal;
and A. Sampath Rajan at
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Faculty of Agricultural Engineering,
Bioenergy, Coimbatore. Project description:
The main objective of this Asian–Swedish Research Partnership Programme
is to encourage research co-operation between researchers in Asia and
Sweden, and the aim is to contribute to mutual scientific and socio-economic
development of the countries involved in the collaboration by supporting
joint projects of scientific excellence.
The objective of the joint research is to increase the scientific and
the technological potentials regarding the development of a new range
of technologies which permit the use of the biomass, wood and agricultural
residues for application in fuel cells.
A Biomass-Fuel Cell Technology (BFCT) integrated in a system of biomass
gasification and intermediate temperature (400 to 700°C) SOFCs (ITSOFCs),
based on extensive R&D will be studied. Research in biomass gasification
and material and electrochemical studies for fuel cells especially
for ITSOFC (intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells) are included.
Asian researcher will participate in the activities in Sweden during
periods of 3 months. A further aim is to disseminate information and
to contribute to the adoption of environmentally sound technologies
and methodologies. The joint research is of mutual benefit and aims
to a technology with successful application in Asia and Sweden. During
the project publication in conferences and in scientific journals
will be produced. More
information on the research project.
An extensive Sino-Swedish
research network on SOFC field has been established, and workshops
successfully organised. A 4th Sino-Swedish SOFC
workshop was held in Harbin, China, 25–26 August 2005.
Based on this network the researchers are interested in extending or
establishing a similar research and education network with focus on
South Asia. Associate Professor Bin Zhu, based at Harbin Engineering
University in Harbin, China (and a Guest Professor at the University
of Science & Technology of
China) was very keen on realizing this proposed South Asia network.