The ene.field project is the largest European demonstration project (to date) of the latest smart energy solution for private homes, FC micro-CHP.

Consortium: Ballard, Baxi Innotech, Bosch, British Gas, Ceres Power, COGEN Europe, DBI, DCHT, Dolomiti Energia, DONG Energy Power, DTU, EIFER, Elcore, Element Energy, Engie, Environment Park, Energy Saving Trust, GWI, Hexis, HyER, Imperial College London, Politecnico di Torino, RBZ, SenerTec, SOLIDpower, Vaillant, Viessmann.

Project period: 01/09/201231/10/2017

Budget: EUR 52,5 mil, of which EUR 25,9 mil was co-financed by the Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

Achievements:
– ene.field demonstrated initial technology readiness of Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration
– installed more than 1,000 FC micro-CHPs in 10 European countries

Technical characteristics of systems in ene.field: The systems deployed in ene.field include a range of fuel cell technology, system size and operating strategies, provided by 10 different manufacturers (Ballard, Bosch, Ceres Power, Elcore, Hexis, RBZ, SenerTec, SOLIDpower, Vaillant, Viessmann).

Benefits of Widespread Deployment of Fuel Cell Micro-Cogeneration
The ene.field report authored by Imperial College London identifies important benefits of a higher penetration of micro-CHP for the future energy system.
• When compared with an energy system with no micro-CHP, adding micro-CHP to the European energy mix generates a gross reduction in infrastructure and operating costs of more than €6,000 for every kilowatt of installed capacity up to 2050.
• Micro-CHP system benefits at distribution level will amount to € 1,600 – € 2,600 per installed kilowatt-electric (kWe), mainly by deferring the investment cost at the low voltage level.
• Fuel cell micro-CHP can reduce carbon emissions, in the range of 370 – 1,100 kg CO2 per year for each kWe of installed micro-CHP capacity. In the short and medium term, additional electricity that is used to power heat pumps is mainly produced from mid-merit and/or peaking capacity. Therefore, one can observe that the energy being displaced by micro-CHP comes from coal-fired or peaking gas plant, only a small proportion comes from the output of low-carbon technologies until 2050.
• With the right policy frameworks in place and depending on the market maturity reached, fuel cell micro-CHP could deliver more than 32 million tonne CO2 reductions in 2030, equivalent to Slovakia’s total emission projections for 2030.

Ene.field customers’ feedback
ene.field field trial participant surveys show that more than 90% of end users are pleased with the environmental performance, the comfort and warmth, reliability and running costs of their fuel cell micro-cogeneration unit.

Policy recommendations
• A coherent, steady and predictable policy framework is the key for the European heating sector to invest in new products and develop new business models.
• Consumer and energy system benefits of micro-CHP systems should be fully recognised and rewarded by policy at the EU and national levels
• In particular, accounting methodologies used in key decarbonisation and energy efficiency policy mechanisms, including building codes, energy labelling, Covenant of Mayors, should fully reflect the benefits of FC micro-CHP for consumers and the energy system as a whole. This will be an important driver for the micro-CHP technology to reach the mass market.
• Simplified administrative procedures to access the grid or different support scheme should be introduced for the potential users or FC micro-CHP
• Accounting for the decarbonisation and flexibility potential of gas networks, as part of a comprehensive energy and climate strategy

Read more about ene.field on the project website: www.enefield.eu

Watch the ene.field videos and find out more about fuel cell micro-cogeneration and how it supports the EU’s energy transition: