Europe’s ene.field Project Installs First Two Micro Fuel Cell-based CHP Units

September 08, 2013 by Jeff Shepard

The two first micro fuel cell-based combined heat and power (FC-CHP) units have been officially installed in Germany (Homburg and Munich) by the ene.field project partners BAXI INNOTECH GmbH and Elcore GmbH. 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.

By extending the learning from 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, ene.field seeks to demonstrate the environmental and economic imperative of micro FC-CHP and lay the foundations for an improved market exploitation in the near future.

“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.

“Energy has become a valuable resource. Our fuel cell heating appliance Gamma Premio ensures that it is managed as efficiently as possible. This needs-based type of on-the-spot heat and energy provision is considered highly efficient and has a total efficiency of 96 per cent. Compared with all other known heating technologies it performs significantly better,” said Guido Gummert, Managing Director of BAXI INNOTECH.