In BROMEDIR, the new generation of miniature spectrometers will be used to develop sensing platforms, to be demonstrated in 3 diverse application domains: a) sustainable farming, b) fuel quality control and c) hydrogen supply chain quality monitoring
BROMEDIR contributes to UN Sustainable Development Goal – SDG 7 “Affordable and Clean Energy for All” and the EU Green Deal.
Focus will be on cows farming. An essential element for precision livestock farming is the possibility of providing continuous (daily) monitoring. BROMEDIR in this pilot will be used for on-farm, fast analysis of individual cow milk samples focusing on the nutritional value of milk (measurement of total fat, total protein, carbohydrates-lactose content) and cow’s health traits (fatty acids profiling that can indicate physiological imbalance.
Fuel quality control
Focus will be on both jet fuel quality control and control of the percentage of biodiesel present in car & marine diesel. Jet fuel contamination with fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) is possible during transportation in multi-purpose pipelines, vessels or storage tanks. Even a low concentration of FAME can affect the thermal stability of the fuel and deteriorate the performance of aircraft engines presenting a safety risk. For the second part of this use case, we will examine the biodiesel (FAME) content in car (petroleum) & marine diesel.
Hydrogen quality monitoring
Trace contamination detection of hydrogen is particularly important during production & supply to end-customers. Continuous hydrogen measurement is required a) in feed gas, b) after pre-enrichment, and c) in product gas after electrochemical compression-separation for dynamic process control – as pipeline compositions and supply/demand situations may vary significantly. For all three positions along the hydrogen refining we target the use of the new H2 PTS sensor developed in BROMEDIR. For the Green Deal, a successful technical implementation and a reliable 24/7 operation of the hydrogen supply chain is a key success factor.