Interview with field trial participant – Jochen Steneberg, Germany

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Interview with field trial participant – Jochen Steneberg, Germany

Why did you decide to install a Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration in your house?

I needed a new heating system and it would have costed me around EUR 10,000 for a new condensing boiler. With the ene.field subsidy instead, my fuel cell system costed me around EUR 20,000, which attracted me because I decreased my energy bills of EUR 1,000 ca. per year. More than that, now I only need to buy 20% of my total electricity consumption and I save a lot on CO2 emissions, while being entitled to a 10-year maintenance and service package, which reinforced my decision to invest in this new, highly efficient technology.

How did you hear about Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration?

The first time I heard about fuel cell micro-CHP was some years ago. A test on a Sulzer Hexis fuel cell was being organised at the Stadtwerke Borken and I ended up being very interested in the technology. At the beginning of 2016, I then found that the Dachs Innogen was about to be put on the market.

Do you have other energy systems in your house apart from Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration?

I combined my fuel cell micro-CHP with a very small PV system with a capacity of 0,5 kW, so that I can self-generate electricity both in summer and winter.

Did the Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration unit change your energy consumption and energy bill?

The energy consumption did not change, but when it comes to my energy bill, there is a significant change: I self-generate 4000 kWh of electricity per year, which saves me around EUR 1,000.

What is the biggest advantage of having a micro-CHP unit in your house?

The cost reductions and the awareness that I am helping the environment.

What are the disadvantages of a micro-CHP unit?

Perhaps the initial cost.

Anything else you would like to say?

I am strongly convinced about the benefits of fuel cell micro-CHP and I hope that the EU will further support the technology in the future, so as to allow for further cost reductions and for the product to become competitive on the market.

2018-01-10T14:39:54+01:00 January 10th, 2018|Categories: News|