The EU-co-funded ene.field project commenced this week in front of the European Commission’s Hydrogen Fuel Cells Joint Undertaking at the Palais des Académies, Brussels.
Under the auspices of the project nine European micro fuel cell combined heat and power (micro FC-CHP) manufactures will deliver trials across all of the available technologies.
A statement released by COGEN Europe states that by learning the practicalities of installing and supporting a fleet of fuel cells with real customers and with the support of 24 utilities, housing providers and municipalities, ene.field is a flagship partnership towards commercialisation of micro FC-CHP installations.
The project will deploy approximately 1,000 residential installations in 12 EU Member States, establish the macro-economics and CO2 savings of the technologies in the European markets, and assess the socio-economic barriers to widespread deployment of micro FC-CHP.
To achieve its target of 20 per cent energy savings by 2020, the EU needs to step up its efforts on energy efficiency, in particular with regard to the residential sector, which accounts for 27% of total EU energy consumption.
New properties can be designed and built to integrate a range of low-energy technologies, but for existing properties heat demand remains high and the ability to retro-fit many renewable technologies is physically limited.
For much of the existing housing stock micro-CHP is therefore the next generation solution, with micro FC-CHP as the next technology step for this sector. With the right policy and support measures, micro FC-CHP can therefore be a key enabler for the EU to deliver on its energy objectives of competitiveness, sustainability and security of energy supply.
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