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.