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European initiative on micro fuel cell-based combined heat and power on the agenda at Hannover Fair

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Deployment of significant numbers of fuel cell combined heat and power (FC-CHP) systems via the European ene.field project will be highlighted at the Hannover Fair. At its Podium Discussion on How Do We Get Government and Industry to Bring New European Technologies to Market? manufacturers and energy companies will be brought together by the project to address the challenging questions of delivering real energy benefits to the end customer and particularly how industry can most profitably address this promising market.

ene.field will be present at the booth of the FCH-JU (number C56) on the Hannover Fair at the Group Exhibit Hydrogen Fuel Cells (H2FC-Fair).

The ene.fieldproject team will place up to 1,000 micro FC-CHP units in homes in Europe, thereby directly addressing the key challenges of wider deployment. The field trials will help to understand how end users respond to this new product offering, actual product performance and which opportunities will be created for the energy sector as a whole.

The ene.field project is co-funded by the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU), and brings together 26 partners, among whom are the 9 European manufactures that will make the products available across 12 EU Member States.

At the podium discussion event, Guido Gummert (Managing Director BAXI Innotech), Adrian Richardson (Head of Microgeneration at British Gas) and Bert de Colvenaer (Executive Director FCH JU), will explore both the market and the political opportunities of micro FC-CHP. “Micro fuel cell CHP technology is nearing commercial reality. To move to volumes, manufacturers and their suppliers need to be encouraged to scale up their production. The European Union has been a consistent supporter of the technology and is now helping to move to market deployment”, Bert de Colvenaer, FCH-JU Executive Director said.