More than 2,800 of the next generation Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration units in ten European countries by 2021, that is the aim of PACE. The abbreviation stands for “Pathway to a Competitive European Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration market”. According to PACE the Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration has a low ‘heat-to-power ratio’ compared to other micro-Cogeneration technologies – so it is well suited to the evolving trend in buildings towards higher electricity use and low space heating demand.
PACE focuses on customer homes and small enterprises. One successful case study for the project is the butcher and caterer Jeroen & Anneleen in the Belgian town of Oudenburg. The small business has the goal to be the most sustainable butcher in the region while providing the highest quality of products. For that reason the owners Jeroen Vanhevel and Anneleen Verheye opted for Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration to lower the carbon footprint and energy bills of their business. Anneleen comments that “energy prices will continue to rise. That is a factor that will weigh on every business in the future.” They now have four compact power stations in the garage, covering 75% of their electricity consumption. The residual heat is used to heat water, which is stored in buffer tanks until it is needed. “We are planning an expansion to 78.000 kWh next year and will use the extra hot water for our floor heating and swimming pool in our new project ‘Butchersloft’”, says Jeroen. Jeroen and Anneleen are one of the local sustainable heroes participating in a municipal project. Their kitchen waste goes to a fermentation plant for the production of biogas, which can be put on the gas grid as green gas. The Elugie power plants then take the gas from the gas grid to produce hydrogen for the constant generation of electricity.
What is PACE?
The objective of PACE is to unlock the market for Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration large scale uptake by preparing the supply chain and working with policy-makers in selected countries to promote a successful transition to mass commercialisation. The project is co-funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and brings together European manufacturers, utilities, and research institutes.
Further information is available at the PACE website.