PACE - Pathway to a Competitive European FC micro-CHP market

PACE is a major initiative aimed at ensuring the European residential (µ-CHP) sector makes the next move to mass market commercialisation. The project will deploy a total of 2,650 new fuel cell µ-CHP units with real customers and monitor them for an extended period. This will enable fuel cell µ-CHP manufacturers to scale up production using new series techniques, and increased automation. By 2018, five leading European manufacturers (BDR Therma, Bosch, SOLIDpower, Vaillant and Viessmann) will have installed capacity for production of over 1,000 units/year (each will install over 500 units in PACE). These production lines will test the manufacturing techniques which will allow for mass market scale-up and the reductions in unit cost which will come from associated economies of scale.

DTU Energy is, as work package leader, in charge of gathering and analysing data from the CHPs. DTU Energy will also head an investigation of how the households experience having a fuel cell micro-CHP in their home.

The project will provide an evidence base which will be used in a dissemination campaign targeting policy makers (who can provide supportive policies for the next wave of µ-CHP roll-out) and increasing awareness of the technology within the domestic heating sector (main route to market).

The project is supported by the European Commission's Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking Programme (FCH JU). The FCH JU supports PACE with almost 34 million €.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union`s Horizon 2020 framework program (H2020) for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative under grant agreement n 700339

http://www.fch.dk/projects/pace
20 JANUARY 2019