The European Commission publishes landmark ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package

Following the publication of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package on 30 November 2016 by the European Commission, the ene.field project will in the coming months publish a policy report, outlining the sector’s recommendations for a Package that creates real opportunities for clean energy solutions like fuel cell micro-CHP in the upcoming years. With the Clean Energy Package, the Commission renews its commitment to the “energy efficiency first” principle, proposing revisions to key pieces of EU legislation for the CHP sector, while bringing a post-2020 perspective to the European energy and climate policy framework. This key legislative Package includes proposals to review or recast existing legislation on energy efficiency, renewable energy and electricity market design, as well as a new proposal on energy governance. The proposals in the Clean Energy Package are now being debated by the European Parliament and the Council, with a view to reach an agreement and adopt new legislation by the end of 2018. Implementation of this legislation is foreseen as of 2020.


Belgian and Dutch energy stakeholders exchange during ene.field national workshops

The latest ene.field national workshops were organized in Belgium and in The Netherlands, on 27th September 2016 with the support of COGEN Flanders and on 23rd January 2017 in collaboration with Energy2GO respectively. During the workshop participants, representing the fuel cells industry, the research community as well as EU policymakers, identified the challenges and made policy recommendations for the large scale deployment of fuel cell micro-CHP technologies in Belgium and in The Netherlands.


Upcoming ene.field national workshops: Save the date!

ene.field national workshop in the UK:  “Fuel Cell mCHP: Pathways in the UK to a low carbon future” – UK Hydrogen Week
Date&Time: 13/03/2017 from 14.00 to 17.00
Venue: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK
Registrations: Please complete this form by Wednesday, 8th March

ene.field national workshop in Germany: “Fuel cell micro-CHP empowering consumers to deliver the Energiewende” –  ISH Fair
Date&Time:15/03/2017 from 13.30 to 17.30
Venue: Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Registrations: Please complete this form by 10th March

ene.field session at ATEE Cogeneration Day, France
Date&Time: 30/03/2017 from 14.00 to 15.20
Venue: Hôtel Novotel Paris Vaugirard, Paris 15è, France
Registrations: Programme & registrations available on ATEE website


Householders happy with ene.field units

End-users report positive experiences with ene.field units installed in their homes. The latest ene.field success stories come from Germany and Belgium.
Mr. Van Den Berg from Westerlo, Northern Belgium, is very satisfied with the performance of his fuel cell micro-CHP, supplied by ene.field partner SOLIDpower. The new ene.field unit has empowered him to cover most of his electricity needs through self-generation, reducing his reliance on electricity imports from the grid from 15.000 kWh to 2.500 kWh.

Equally positive benefits were highlighted by Mr. Dilger in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany: “the opportunity to be less dependent on rising energy costs and be among the first to demonstrate the possibilities of the new technology as part of the EU-funded project ene.field has confirmed our decision to opt for a high-efficiency cogeneration unit like the Dachs”.The Dilger family is hosting a SenerTec Dachs InnoGen unit.
You can find more end-user stories here on ene.field website.


ene.field Field Support Reports: Review of lessons learnt

The large-scale market introduction of fuel cell micro-CHP systems in applications such as residential use faces a broad range of challenges, including field support arrangements, which require special attention. It is for this reason that, as part of the ene.field project, manufacturers and electricity utility companies involved in the project compiled a report, published in October 2016, providing an analysis of the lessons learnt and of future needs for the technology discovered during installation and field support of FC micro-CHPs in the course of ene.field’s lifetime.
To read the full report, please click on this link.


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