Europe’s largest field trial of Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration to date, the ene.field project (2012-2017), concludes that this home energy unit deserves a place in the line-up of key energy solutions for the future energy system.
Over the past five years, the EU’s co-funded ene.field project successfully deployed and monitored over 1,000 new installations of residential Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration, having registered more than 5.5 million hours of reliable operation across 10 key European countries. Evidence collected as part of the trial shows that fuel cell micro-cogeneration has significant decarbonisation, energy savings and grid stability benefits. Moreover, over 90% of the surveyed trial participants are pleased with the environmental performance, the comfort and warmth, and running costs of their Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration unit. ene.field represents a step change in the volume of fuel cell deployment for this sector in each country. By learning about the practical implications of installing, operating and supporting a fleet of fuel cells with real world customers, ene.field has demonstrated the environmental and economic imperative of Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration and laid the foundations for market exploitation.
With the project coming to an end, the main ene.field results have been collected and the final reports are available.
- A summary of the project results is included in the report “Learning points from demonstration of 1,000 fuel cell based micro-Cogeneration units”. This report demonstrates that the technology is market ready.
- The report authored by Imperial College London, “Benefits of Widespread Deployment of Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration in Securing and Decarbonising the Future European Electricity System”, presents analyses of the impact of micro-Cogeneration on the capacity and operation of the electricity systems across Europe and demonstrates concrete and positive results regarding the impact of the technology on CO2 emission reductions.
- field also highlighted the need to establish the right policy environment to encourage wide deployment of Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration in Europe. A policy framework should be developed which creates a level playing field where renewables, decarbonisation and efficiency can be delivered across different technologies and energy vectors (e.g. electricity, heat, gas). Key policy recommendations are available in the ene.field Policy Report.
For these and more ene.field results, check out the reports published on the ene.field website.