Intelligent Energy and Scottish and Southern Energy JV IE-CHP Receives CE Certification for First Fuel Cell Product

20 Mar 2013

IE-CHP Colin Gardner

IE-CHP, the joint venture between UK fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy and utility Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), has received CE certification for its 10 kWe/12 kWth combined heat and power (CHP) fuel cell. The system is the company’s first generation product; CE certification allows it to be sold in the European Economic Area and confirms that the product satisfies all the EU regulatory and conformity assessment procedures covering the design, manufacture, and testing of the system.

The IE-CHP system is designed for light commercial applications or residential district heated properties, where a relatively high and constant electrical base load is required. If necessary, the fuel cell unit can be modulated down by 50%. The chosen output of 10 kWe has been chosen to appeal to the commercial market, rather than individual homeowners – fuel cells for individual homes tend to range from 0.7–1.5 kWe and IE-CHP is also developing a 1 kWe product to satisfy this demand. The 10 kWe system can be deployed in multiples to satisfy the needs of larger premises and the fact that most commercial businesses are shut for one to two days a week has been factored into the design of the system. The unit is also well-suited as a standby generator to provide continuous power to essential services such as lighting, telephony, and IT infrastructure.

Colin Gardner, Managing Director of IE-CHP (above right), commented: “As a first generation unit, the CE mark of the 10kWe unit acknowledges that the system is safe for operation and allows us to demonstrate the system in a real world setting. Both our 1kWe and 10kWe fuel cell products are undergoing significant field trials this winter as part of our commercialisation plans.”

IE-CHP was formed in 2008 as a joint venture between Intelligent Energy and SSE to develop and bring to market CHP systems for the residential, commercial and light industrial markets in the UK and Ireland. A second round of investment in 2010 by Scottish Enterprise, the investment arm of the Scottish Government, completed the current shareholder group.

 

Photo: Julian Hughes, IE General Manager CHP and IE-CHP Board Member and Colin Gardner, Managing Director of IE-CHP with the recently awarded CE certificate in front of an operational CHP unit (Source: Intelligent Energy)

 

Reference: Intelligent Energy (emailed press release)


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