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sector coupling | CHP Heat Power Biogas Biomass technologies Validation market potential System studies

Project ID 03KB131

MiniGas - Decentralized heat- and power supply by means of small CHP-plants using partially purified biogas

Project MiniGas - Icon (Source: DBFZ)


  • 01.09.2017–31.08.2020


abc advanced biomass concepts GmbH
Weinsbergstraße 190
50825 Köln

Florian Loosen – project leader
Telephone: +49-(0)221 9602 8802
E-mail: fl‍@‍

Manuel Mancini – direct contact / project coordinator
Telephone: +49-(0)221 9602 8803
E-mail: mm‍@‍


03KB131B - DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum gemeinnützige GmbH
03KB131C - ALENSYS Engineering GmbH

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Final report is available only in German (switch to the German version of this website). 


Against the background of the desired long-term use of biomass for heat generation for industry and households, as well as future flexible use of biomass, e.g. by combined heat and power, alternative and market-compliant operating concepts are needed in the biogas sector.
The multipliable MiniGas system concept intends the use of partially purified biogas in small CHP plants at municipal / industrial / commercial facilities.
By conversion of biogas into power and heat, the properties are supplied with energy. Complementary provision of control energy is possible.


  • Technologic evaluation of purchasable and currently being developed small CHP-plants which are reliable in operating biogas, development of a transferable system concept
  • Economic evaluation of feasibility for various power classes of biogas plants (150, 200 and 500 kWel) and various target users, deduction of a viable operating model
  • Development of a detailed schedule for implementation of the system concept, regarding varying regional conditions and target group specific energy consumption profiles



  • Scientific supervision/support, project management
  • Market survey small CHP-plants, plant sizing
  • Economic feasibility study for generation of gas, power and heat
  • Development of implementation schedule and criteria checklist for determination of suitable biogas plants
  • Scientific final report


  • Identification and description of target groups
  • Development and comparison of various operating models
  • Analysis of plant pooling for commercialization of control energy
  • Conducting of obstacle analysis
  • Project accompanying public relations


  • Analysis of various sizes and types of biogas plants
  • Sizing and comparison of various topologies of biogas networks
  • Development of a transferable approval concept



  • Scientific supervision and support, project coordination


  • Market assessment, preparatory measures for market development


  • Technical and legal framework conditions for biogas


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