Lichtblick is keen to aggregate and sell electricity generated from small-scale combined heat and power plants, a relatively untapped market of around 9 GW installed capacity.

The Hamburg-based clean energy vendor wants to capitalise on changes to Germany’s CHP law last year that oblige operators of units larger than 100kW capacity to find a partner to sell their power, or to use the electricity themselves.

Montel News reports that the company is specifically targeting units in the range of 100kW to 10 MW, which it estimates to amount to roughly 9 GW of capacity.
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“We have developed a lot of know-how in optimising CHP units – the challenge now is to roll out the sales, because we need certain volumes to do this economically,” Lichtblick executive Gero Lücking told Montel.

Lichtblick already markets the electricity of around 30 MW of mini CHP capacity spread across 1,000 units.

Their units are typically small-scale gas-fired district heating generators capable of producing electricity though often neglected by wholesale power markets due to their tiny size.

Lichtblick hopes to amass more of these units’ generation, where it can potentially pool it with solar and wind to sell into the spot, intraday or balancing markets, depending upon where it can get the best return.

Germany had 33.4 GW of CHP units in total by 2015, according to the Institute for Applied Ecology.