Germany Introduces Capital Subsidy for micro-CHP Products, Including Fuel Cells

03 Apr 2012


The German Federal Government has introduced a capital subsidy for micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP) products, including fuel cells such as the Ceramic Fuel Cells BlueGen.

From 1 April 2012, subsidies are available for eligible micro-CHP products that generate up to 20 kilowatts of electricity and meet a range of potentially restrictive requirements: the subsidies are only available to houses that do not have access to a district heating network and systems must offer a total efficiency of at least 85 percent and energy savings of at least 15 to 20 percent. Furthermore, the system must offer some form of energy storage, heat storage management and be installed with a smart meter.

Subsidies, which are offered to end customers installing the products, range from €1,500 to €3,450, depending on the output of the system. CFCL’s 1.5 kilowatt BlueGen and integrated micro-CHP products will receive a subsidy of €1,800 per unit.

The grant is administered by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), which is part of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). It is an extension of the CHP Act, which requires 25 percent of Germany’s electrical generation to come from combined heat and power, both small and large scale, by 2020.

References: CFCL; BAFA; Stern

Image: BAFA Office (Source: BAFA)


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