Our story starts in 2006 with basic research and development activities performed in Professor Laurens Mets’ laboratory at the University of Chicago.
In 2011, first field trials with raw biogas at a brewery digester in St. Louis, MO, Electrochaea LLC demonstrated that the technology was compatible with untreated industrial biogas sources. A subsequent pre-commercial field trial demonstrated scalability in a 10,000 L reactor at Aarhus University’s Biogas Research Center in Foulum, Denmark. This trial was partially funded by the Danish Energy Agency and supported by Aarhus University, E.ON, Erdgas Zürich, EWZ and NEAS Energy.
Following completion of the Foulum project, Electrochaea LLC and a group of German and Swiss investors, founded and financed Electrochaea GmbH in 2014.
In the same year, Electrochaea received funding from Energinet.dk to design, build and operate the BioCat Project: a 1 MW commercial-scale field trial at a wastewater treatment plant outside Copenhagen, Denmark. This project is operated by Electrochaea and its BioCat project partners Hydrogenics, Audi, HMN Gashandel, NEAS Energy and BIOFOS. The BioCat Project began commissioning in early 2016 and provides an operating demonstration plant for Electrochaea and its partners. It will bring revenues from the sale of renewable natural gas in Denmark, and decarbonize the Danish gas grid.
Established in 2016, Power-to-Gas Hungary Kft. is building the world's first grid-scale power-to-gas plant with a power consumption of up to 10 megawatts, in partnership with MVM Group and Electrochaea GmbH. The plant will be located in Hungary. For this purpose, local research and development activities have been performed in cooperation with Hungarian professionals, and a power-to-gas prototype will be delivered and operated in early 2018.