Ali, Shahid

PROJECT TITLE: Modeling and Optimization of Synthetic Fuel Production Units Based on Combined Solid Oxide Electrolysis and Gasification

PhD period: 2016.02.01 - 2019.01.31.
Section: Thermal Energy Systems
Research Programme: Electro-Fuels
Supervisor: Mads Pagh Nielsen
Co-Supervisor: Kim Sørensen
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Collaborators: DTU, AVL (Austria),, DONG Energy, HTAS, MIT, INSA (Lyon, Fr.), Northwestern Uni., TU Berlin, Chalmers, Chin.Acad.of Sci.
Funding: Danish Strategic Research Council (DSF).


Carbon containing fuels will be essential for the transport sector for the foreseeable future. However, there is not enough biomass to cover the demand for such fuels sustainability. SYNFUEL project addresses a novel approach to produce sustainable fuels: Using surplus electricity from e.g. wind power to produce hydrogen by steam electrolysis and add it to gasified biomass thereby extending the biomass resources.

The purpose of this specific project is to develop a model of a SOEC electrolysis unit combined with a biomass gasification system and synthetic fuel production system and optimize the system. Focus will be system optimization based on component design optimization and thermal process integration of the system – for instance using pinch analysis and mathematical programming techniques.


Publications in journals and conference papers may be found at VBN.