The two first micro fuel cell-based combined heat and power (FC-CHP) units have been officially installed in Germany with developers behind the ene.field project seeking to demonstrate the environmental and economic imperative of the technology.
Project partners BAXI INNOTECH GmbH and Elcore GmbH hope the installation will lay the foundations for an improved market exploitation in the near future.
The project’s researchers will now look at what has been learned through the the practical implications of installing, operating and supporting a fleet of fuel cells in houses throughout a larger number of European countries and dealing with the variety of European real world customers.
These units are the firsts of around 1,000 micro FC-CHP units that will be installed throughout the project period. They will be actively monitored in dwellings across a range of European countries. The outcome will provide the project team with a valuable, practical and up-to-date dataset on domestic energy consumption and micro-CHP applicability across Europe.
“The ene.field project provides great support to increase the number of systems operating in European homes. The data collected in the households will serve to generate a comprehensive report on the potential of fuel cells in Europe. In a typical household, the Elcore 2400 can save up to 40% of primary energy and at the same time significantly reduce energy costs “, said Dr. Manfred Stefener, Elcore CEO.
The ene.field project is co-funded by the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU), and brings together 26 partners, among whom are nine European manufactures that will make the products available across 12 EU Member States.
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