Europe’s Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration industry received a major boost in August 2017 with the announcement that the predecessor of PACE, the ene.field project, successfully achieved (and even surpassed!) its ambitious target to deploy 1,000 units acrosse 12 European countries. Thanks to ene.field, today more than 1,000 Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration units are already in people’s homes and Europe can now reap the energy and climate benefits of the latest smart energy solution for private homes.
The ene.field project – co-funded by industry and the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) – has run from 2012 to 2017, featuring 10 key European Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration manufacturers, as well as utilities, research institutes, universities, dissemination and coordination partners in its consortium. The project has been awarded a grant of almost 26 million euro as co-funding to the total costs of 52 million euro, which makes it Europe’s largest demonstration project of micro-CHP.
ene.field has shown how great the benefits deriving from Fuel Cell micro-CHP are, both for the environment and for consumers. In fact, with total efficiencies of more than 90%, including electrical efficiencies of up to 60%, this technology can achieve significant energy savings and CO2 emission reductions. On average in Europe it would save around 1 tonne of CO2/kW every year, while in countries like Germany, Italy and Spain, CO2 emission reductions could reach more than 4 tonnes of CO2/kW per year by 2030.
More than that, surveys show that more than 90% of end users are pleased with the environmental performance, the comfort and warmth, reliability and running costs of their fuel cell micro-cogeneration unit.
It is thanks to ene.field that manufacturers have already reduced the product costs due to the increase in the production volume. And now that the project has demonstrated initial technology readiness, it is the right moment for PACE to promote a successful transition to the large-scale uptake of Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration. In fact, PACE works towards establishing Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration technology in the market by increasing volumes, reducing product costs, demonstrating its smart grids capabilities, promoting its visibility, and creating more favorable policy conditions at the national and EU levels.
By 2021, PACE aims at installing at least 2,500 units in Europe, as part of a manufacturing transition to higher volumes in the order of 10,000 units/year post 2020.
You can find all ene.field public results and reports on ene.field website.
The ene.field project is the largest European demonstration project of the latest smart energy solution for private homes, micro-CHP. It sees more than 1,000 households across Europe able to experience the benefits of this new energy solution. The five-year project uses modern fuel cell technology to produce heat and electricity in households and empowers them in their electricity and heat choices. The ene.field project is co-funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and brings together 27 partners, including 10 European manufacturers who will make the products available across 11 European countries.
The research leading to the ene.field’s results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative under grant agreement n. 303462.
The ene.field partners are: