German Environment Ministry Receives Micro-CHP Fuel Cell

17 Dec 2012

German Environment Ministry Receives Micro-CHP Fuel Cell

A fuel cell micro-CHP (combined heat and power) unit has been installed at the German Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU – Bundesministerium für Umwelt). A viewing model has also been provided and will be put on display at the Ministry’s visitors centre.

In Germany, the testing of fuel cell micro-CHP units under everyday conditions is being undertaken by the Callux joint project, in which equipment manufacturers and energy suppliers work together towards preparing products for the commercial market. The federal government supports Callux through the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), which is supported by NOW, the National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.

More than 300 fuel cell heating systems have been installed in residential homes since 2008 within the framework of the Callux project.

In these fuel cell systems, heat and electricity is generated electrochemically from natural gas. First, an upstream reformer converts the natural gas into hydrogen-rich gas. This then reacts with atmospheric oxygen in the fuel cell stack. Fuel cell micro-CHP systems are chiefly deployed in individual detached dwellings or small residential buildings and can ensure an annual energy supply of around 4,500 kWh of electricity and 15,000 to 30,000 kWh of heating. These fuel cell systems require approximately 25% less primary energy than conventional technology to produce the same amount of heating and electrical energy. Carbon dioxide emissions are cut by around 50%.

The heater was handed over by State Secretary Rainer Bomba of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Development  (BMVBS – Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Bau und Stadtentwicklung) to BMU State Secretary Katherina Reiche. In addition, a viewing model was also provided that will be put on display at the Ministry’s visitors centre.

Source: NOW press release

Top: Rainer Bomba (State Secretary, BMVBS), Volker Nerlich (Hexis), Katerina Reiche (State Secretary, BMU), Dr. Klaus Bonhoff (Managing Director, NOW) at the handing over of the fuel cell heater to the BMU (photo: NOW).


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