European-wide field trials for residential fuel cell micro-CHP

Framework Programme: 
Call for proposals: 
Application area: 
Stationary power production and CHP


The objectives of this project are to promote practical learning, the demonstration of market potential, segmentation, and the cost and environmental benefits of micro FC-CHP while developing market-oriented  product specifications and harmonised codes  and standards. Additionally, we seek to set up a more mature supply chain, ready for the deployment of micro FC-CHP in 12 Member States, provide evidence base on a cost and environmental analysis that can be used to accelerate policy support from governments and a market adoption by several channels.


To provide a detailed fact base which clearly demonstrates where in the European housing stock FC micro-CHP can provide a tangible emission savings and improvements in home energy bills.

Additionally, we hope to enable key decision makers across Europe to evaluate a final commitment to the commercialisation and widespread rollout of the technology and to ensure the technology is rolled out where the economic and environmental benefits are greatest.

Lastly, we want to increase the scale of deployment of FC micro-CHP and stimulate a cost reduction by allowing manufacturers to move to a series production process, with great attention to quality control.


Ene.field will deploy up to 1000 residential fuel cell Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) installations, across 12 key Member States. This represents a change in the volume of fuel cell micro-CHP deployment in Europe and a meaningful step towards the commercialisation of the technology.

The programme brings together 9 mature European micro FC-CHP manufacturers into a common analysis framework in order to deliver trials across all of the available fuel cell CHP technologies. Fuel cell micro-CHP trials will be installed and actively monitored in dwellings across a range of European domestic heating markets, dwelling types and climatic zones, which will, in the end, lead to an invaluable dataset on domestic energy consumption and micro-CHP applicability across Europe. 

By learning the practicalities of installing and supporting a fleet of fuel cells with actual customers, ene.field partners will take one final step before they can begin commercial roll-out. An increase in volume deployment for the manufacturers involved will stimulate cost reduction of the technology by enabling a move from hand-built products towards serial production and tooling.

The ene.field project also brings together over 30 utilities, housing providers and municipalities in order to take the products to market and explore different business models for micro-CHP deployment.

The data produced by ene.field will be used to provide a fact base for FC micro-CHP, including a definitive environmental lifecycle assessment and cost assessment on a total cost of ownership basis.

To inform clear national strategies on micro-CHP within Member States, ene.field will establish the macro-economics and CO2 savings of the technologies in their target markets and make recommendations on the most appropriate policy mechanisms to support the commercialisation of domestic micro-CHP across Europe. Finally ene.field will assess the socio-economic barriers to widespread deployment of micro-CHP and disseminate clear position papers and advice for policy makers to encourage further roll out.

Project reference: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.3.7: Field demonstration of small stationary fuel cell systems for residential and commercial applications
Project type: 
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2012
End date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
60 months (originally), extended to 62 months
Project cost: 
€ 52,351,061.70
Project funding: 
€ 25,907,168.77

The European Association for the promotion of Cogeneration (COGEN Europe), Belgium

Hans Korteweg
Other participating organisations: 
Organisation Country
(Baxi Innotech Gmbh) Germany
Bosch Thermotechnik Gmbh Germany
(Ceres Power Limited) United Kingdom
Ballard Power Systems Europe Denmark
Elcore Gmbh Germany
(Hexis AG) Switzerland
Riesaer Brennstoffzellentechnik GmbH Germany
SOFCpower S.p.A Italy
Vaillant GmbH Germany
Dolomiti Energia SPA Italy
British Gas Trading Limited United Kingdom
Element Energy Ltd United Kingdom
(ITHO Daalderop Group BV) Netherlands
Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions (HyER) Belgium
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine United Kingdom
Development Centre for Hydrogen Technologies (DCHT) Slovenia
Parco scientifico e tecnologico per L’ambiente - ENVIRONMENT PARK SPA Italy
Politecnico di Torino Italy
DBI Gastechnologische sInstitutg GmbH Freiberg (DBI-GTI) Germany
Energy Saving Trust United Kingdom
Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e.V (GWI) Germany
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet Denmark
European Institute for Energy Research Germany
DONG Energy Power A/S Denmark