Fuel cell mCHPs from SOLIDpower, Dantherm Power, HexisRBZ and Elcore are available for field trials in the Netherlands (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 Dutch here: InfoPack_NL

Dutch domestic mCHP

The evolution of CHP in the Netherlands has been irregular in the past years. Although very popular in the Dutch business sector in the 90’s, to date only around 1,000 micro-CHP systems have been installed in houses across the country. One of the reasons is that the governmental support composed of a set of incentives (such as the compensation of part of the investment cost) was terminated in 2011. Nevertheless, domestic CHP systems are eligible for some financial support (see below).

Green Funds Scheme (GFS)

The GFS is a tax incentive scheme, in which individual investors lend their money to financial institutions. They receive a lower lending rate than usual, which is compensated by a tax incentive. Investing in a green fund gives an exemption from the 1.2% capital gains tax existing in the Netherlands, for up to €55,000 per person. Combined with a reduction in the personal income tax of 1.3%, individual investors get tax advantage of 2.5%, which is enough to compensate lower interest rate on the green funds. The banks use the money from the funds to offer loans to environmental projects with a low interest rate, and consequently, to stimulate green investment.

Sustainability loan

The “Sustainability loan” programme is a scheme funded from municipal budgets, and it is not available across the whole country. Out of the 408 municipalities in the Netherlands, 84 of them provide the subsidy. The programme is coordinated by the independent manager SVn (Stimuleringsfonds Volkshuisvesting). The volume of funding for each individual beneficiary is between €2,500 and the maximum of €15,000 or €25,000, depending on the municipality. Loans smaller than €7,500 are contracted for 10 years, whereas those exceeding this value last 15 years. The loans within this scheme bear on average 3% lower interest rates than those offered by private banks.


Sources: NL Agency, Cogen Europe, Svn, Government of the Netherlands