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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 comply with relevant MAWP targets and the global competition; these values have been compiled on the expected impact chapter. This demonstration must not only raise public awareness; it should be used to establish confidence in technology, business models and market readiness with key customers in the food, pharma, chemical industry or other sectors. The project should be advanced with market enablers (such as utilities, leading project developers in construction and energy business) to achieve volume contracts and with financiers to assure access to project financing.

The selected project will target primarily demonstration of MW-class FC solutions in the commercial/industrial market segments integrating both of the following:

  • 1 MW up to several MW capacity production of power and heat from methane (natural gas or natural gas quality gas) or power from hydrogen
  • Integration of a FC power plant in commercial/industrial processes

The project should aim at creating partnerships between end users, industry, local SMEs, financiers and local authorities, in order to ensure that the solutions are replicable and can be supported or financed by various public or private organizations.

Therefore the project should:

  • Validate real demonstration units in commercial/industrial applications with adequate visibility so that suppliers, stake holders and end users may benefit from the experience gained throughout the value chain
  • Develop and reinforce business plan and service strategy during the project so that they will be replicable and validated in the chosen market segment after the project

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 large FCs can offer to the European energy system.

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 of the maintenance costs (full service including stack replacement) towards to < 0.05 €/kWh for systems < 2 MW and towards < 0.035 €/kWh for larger systems
  • Increase the fuel cell system lifetime towards 20 years of operation (stack replacement included, as referred on the cost reduction goals)
  • Demonstrate a technically and financially viable solution, including the identification of hydrogen sources (if applicable), and a replicable business case

It is envisaged that the project will also bring societal benefits such as:

  • Economic growth and new jobs at the local level, including supply-chain jobs
  • Great basis for further growth of the industry providing MW-class FCs
  • Energy security and improved reliability

Any event (accidents, incidents, near misses) that may occur during the project execution shall be reported into the European reference database HIAD (Hydrogen Incident and Accident Database) at