The ene.field workshop gathered key industry and policymakers in the context of ISH to discuss how fuel cell micro-CHP can empower consumers to deliver on the Energiewende objectives. Industrialising production and engagement with the supply chain have been identified as key next steps on the pathway to mass commercialisation.
Germany is at the forefront of fuel cell micro-CHP deployment in Europe, with more than 1,000 units installed in the country today. Building on the success of Callux in Germany and ene.field at the EU level, the FC mCHP sector is pushing for market growth through PACE and the German KfW433 programme. High level speakers, representing EU and German funding authorities, fuel cell industry stakeholders and German utilities, identified the opportunities for the sector to embark on product industrialisation, thus increasing scale and reducing product costs. Fostering partnerships with the supply chain will help build awareness among consumers and deliver a ramp up in volume.
Speaking at the event, Fiona Riddoch, ene.field co-ordinator, said: "Micro-CHP energy solutions are ready to be installed in homes and businesses, empowering energy consumers and delivering significant system wide benefits. ene.field has been key in providing the evidence to support the industry’s move to broader market commercialisation. More member state initiatives like the KfW433 in Germany will accelerate the process".
The proceedings from the ene.field workshop are available here.