Germany Widens Use of Cogen Fuel Cells In Homes

The first large scale use of fuel cells for domestic combined heat and power will start soon near Karlsruhe, where Germany’s third largest power company, the utility Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg AG, has received a number of fuel cell systems from Sulzer Hexis AG of Switzerland.

BERLIN, Germany, DE, 2002-01-11 [SolarAccess.com] The units will be among the first residential fuel cells to provide power and heating for domestic purposes, and will be installed in homes in the town of Mingolsheim, near Karlsruhe. Sulzer Hexis’s pre-series solid oxide fuel cells can provide 1 kW of electrical power and 24.5 kW of heat. Prototypes have been tested around the world, and the EnBW deliveries mark the beginning of larger-scale field trials. EnBW will install a total of 55 units by the end of 2004. The units have a similar size as conventional heating systems and will be connected to existing natural gas lines.
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