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MW or multi-MW demonstration of stationary fuel cells

 

This demonstration activity will focus on MW or multi-MW demonstration in order to:

  • Demonstrate the feasibility (technical and commercial) for MW or multi MW stationary FC’s in a commercial/industrial application, also relative to the use of heat, for which the needed heat recovery equipment is included
  • Demonstrate the feasibility (technical and commercial) for MW or multi-MW stationary FC in large commercial or industrial applications, also relative to process integration of heat or heat/cold
  • Establish confidence for further market deployment actions in other sectors, e.g. next demonstration of MW or multi-MW solutions for grid support
  • Prepare the ground for successful implementation of European stationary MW-class fuel cell industry (technology and manufacturing settlement) and to achieve further reductions in product cost and development of the value chain

Core features of the FC such as efficiency, cost, durability and lifetime must co

The global development of large stationary FC goes towards multi-MW installations: examples are a 15 MW FC park in US or 60 MW FC park in South Korea as well as the announced 360 MW FC park there. Europe has a total of only 2 MW of such fuel cells installed.

Such large installations demonstrate the capability of the technology, raise needed volume for cost reduction and provide best of class total cost of ownership (TCO).

To jump-start this first commercialisation phase, the industry needs dedicated demonstrations with selected promising suppliers/technologies[[Advancing Europe's energy systems: Stationary fuel cells in distributed generation: A study for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, Roland Berger, 2014]] in order to clear the way for a volume increase in the market, which is concomitant to the required decrease in capital costs.

This should open pathways to allow full commercial deployment with shrinking public funding, taking into account the full added values of what

The project should focus on the following impacts:

  • Reduce the overall energy costs
  • Building and validating references to build trust among the stakeholders
  • Reduction of the use of primary energy by
    • Electrical efficiency > 45%
    • Total efficiency > 70% (as an example heat cycle: 45°C/30°C, LHV)

and possibly address in addition to that also:

  • Supplier and user experience of installation/commissioning, operation and use of distributed power generation
  • Enable active participation of consumers in order to bring the fuel cells technology closer to their daily business
  • Reduction of the CO2 emissions with respect to the national grid by > 10%
  • Reduction of the CAPEX (no transport, installation, project management, no heat use equipment) towards < 4,000 €/kW for systems ≥1 MW 3,000-3,500 €/kW for systems ≥ 2 MW
  • Reduction