EU Prospects Fuel Cell CHP

Event Report: EU Prospects Fuel Cell CHP

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17 Dec 2012PDF (683 kb)

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EU Prospects Fuel Cell CHP

The EU is a net importer of primary energy. In 2010, the EU-27 imported 952.3 million tonnes of oil equivalent for primary energy against production of 830.9 million tonnes. In oil imports alone the EU spent $280 billion in 2010, rising to $402 billion in 2011; the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that the EU will overtake the US to become the biggest global importer of oil by 2015, followed closely by China. Reducing this import bill is a high priority for Europe and combined heat and power (CHP) systems have strong political support in many Member States. In 2009 CHP accounted for 11.4% of the EU-27 electricity supply and 15.2% of the heat supply. There exists a concurrent desire for an increase in distributed electricity generation, particularly in Member States with older, insufficient or problematic electricity grids. Fuel cell CHP offers extremely clean and reliable electricity and heat; the technology is well proven in Korea and the USA at an industrial scale, and is increasing in popularity in Japan as a residential generation technology. The European market is ready for fuel cell CHP and a number of projects are now underway to induce and accelerate their market introduction.

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