Fuel cell mCHPs from SOLIDpower, Vaillant, Dantherm Power, RBZElcore and Hexis are available for field trials in Germany (click on the manufacturer´s names for detailed information).

We would need you to provide some basic information about the building where the CHP system will be installed to understand if our heating systems would be suitable for you. Please have a look at the short checklist below. It will take only 3 minutes.

Checklist – Important prerequisites for the installation of a fuel cell mCHP!  Those interested in a fuel cell mCHP should consider several aspects in advance:

•Installation cannot be organised for emergency replacement of your current heating system.
•The building should have a main gas  connection.
•The building should have  a central heating system.
•The building should be connected to the electricity grid.
•The building should have an internet connection.

You can find more information in German here: InfoPack_D

Power and heat with fuel cells in Germany

Fuel cell systems offer environmental and energy advantages and contribute significantly to energy efficiency. Over 300 fuel cell heating systems have been installed in residential homes since 2008 within the framework of the Callux project. The project was launched by the German Ministry for Transport, Construction and Urban Development (BMVBS), as part of the national innovation program for hydrogen and fuel cell technology (NIP), which is coordinated by NOW GmbH. One billion euro has been invested in demonstrating the efficiency of this innovative technology. The Callux project budget amounts to approx. 80 million Euro, of which 48 % were funded by the NIP. The total available funding of the NIP for residential fuel cells is about 25 % of the total NIP budget.

Subsidy schemes

Germany is the European market-leader in the production of fuel cell mCHP. Combined heat and power should play an important role in the German State of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). In late 2012, the Federal State launched a subsidy scheme for commercial customers and energy service companies who install highly efficient micro-CHP products of less than 50 kilowatts. The subsidy will run until the end of 2017 as part of a larger 250 million euro funding programme to support CHP deployment in the region. This programme offers attractive funding conditions for micro CHP with fuel cells. The “Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Network NRW” acts as the point of contact for all related activities, e.g. for this funding programme.

Recent studies

The technology and use benefits include GHG emission savings between 21% and 40%, according to a recent study conducted by the German Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg (IFEU).


References: NRW Invest; NOW GmbH; FuelCellToday