Ene.field is co-funded by industry and the European programme Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

Micro-CHP units provide heat and power to private homes and may help stabilise the electricity grid

Friday 04 Dec 15

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A report on the smart grid capability of FC micro-CHP has just been issued by DTU Energy along with partners in the European project ene.field. The report says, that the technology is working well, but the report stresses the need to create a market for electricity services to draw new technologies such as micro CHP into wider use.

Fuel cell based micro combined heat and power (FC micro-CHP) units in homes and commercial buildings is an interesting technology for generating both electricity and heat, right at the consumer, when they are needed. The systems run on natural gas, and the combined generation of heat and power is highly efficient (> 90%). The technology is environmentally friendly with low CO2, no NOx and no particle emissions.

Furthermore, the new technology can play an important role in stabilising the electricity grid. The Danish as well as the European electricity grid face a challenge with the high degree of intermittently generated electricity based on renewable sources as solar cells and wind power. Introduced in a smart grid, the fuel cells can provide a flexibility that ensures that power is available when needed and not only when the wind blows and the sun shines.

A report on the smart grid capability of FC micro-CHP has just been issued by DTU Energy along with partners in the European project ene.field.

"These units are well suited for smart grid integration with the possibility of being remotely controlled. Furthermore, the systems can adjust to external heat and power demands at seconds notice"
Eva Ravn Nielsen, Center Manager at FCH Test Center at DTU Energy

"These units are well suited for smart grid integration with the possibility of being remotely controlled. Furthermore, the systems can adjust to external heat and power demands at seconds notice”, says Eva Ravn Nielsen, Center Manager at FCH Test Center at DTU Energy.

The technology is working well, but the report stresses the need to create a market for electricity services to draw new technologies such as micro CHP into wider use. Also further cost reductions are required for general consumer uptake.

Ene.field is the largest European deployment of this new energy technology featuring 26 partners from across the European heating and energy industry and research institutes.

Ene.field is co-funded by industry and the European programme Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) and will place up to 1,000 fuel cell micro-CHPs into homes across eleven European countries. The project runs from 2012-2017 and has €26 million EU funding. At the moment more than 300 units have been installed.

Read more about Ene.field and the newest report here

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