Brussels, Belgium — (METERING.COM) — September 9, 2013 – The two first micro fuel cell-based combined heat and power (FC-CHP) units have been installed in Homburg and Munich, Germany in the ene.field project by project partners BAXI INNOTECH GmbH and Elcore GmbH.
These units are the first of around 1,000 micro FC-CHP units that will be installed during the project in dwellings across several European countries. They will be actively monitored, with the outcome to 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. 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, CEO of Elcore.
Guido Gummert, managing director of BAXI INNOTECH added: “Our fuel cell heating appliance Gamma Premio ensures that energy 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 percent.”
The ene.field project is co-funded by the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, and brings together 26 partners, including nine European manufactures that will make products available across 12 EU member states.
For more on ene.field see the article ‘ene.field – demonstrating micro-CHP in Europe’ by Fiona Riddoch in the forthcoming Smart Energy International Issue 3 2013.