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Panasonic and Viessmann to sell Europe’s first fuel cell cogeneration system for homes
11 September 2013
Viessmann Group and Panasonic Corporation have jointly developed a new fuel cell cogeneration system, which will become the first polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) fuel cell system available for single-homes in Europe. It will be sold by Viessmann, starting in Germany in April 2014.
Aiming at an integrated system adapted for European markets, Panasonic and Viessmann have set up a joint development agreement and have jointly designed the complete fuel cell system. The fuel cell unit has been developed by Panasonic and will be manufactured in Japan, then supplied to Viessmann. The unit of the peak load boiler and the hot water tank has been developed by Viessmann. Viessmann will also carry out the assembly of the complete unit.
|Left: Water tank and backup boiler unit, Right: Fuel cell unit. Click to enlarge.|
Fuel-cell-based micro combined heat and power systems (mCHP) are a prerequisite for cogeneration technology to reach one- and two-family-homes on a broad basis, the partners said. Compared to the separate generation of heat and power, such systems reduce CO2 emissions by 50%. began selling fuel cell cogeneration systems for Japanese homes in 2009.
By 2020, Panasonic and Viessmann expect a five-digit number of systems to be installed in Europe.
The fuel cell system, which can be installed in the basement or utility room, consists of two units: the integrated DHW cylinder and auxiliary boiler as well as the fuel cell unit. Through the provision of dedicated apps, information about the operating status of the system can be displayed on the customer’s smartphone or tablet. Customers will be able to operate the system remotely, display data on power generation status, economic and environmental efficiency as well as receive notifications concerning maintenance information.
Following the introduction of the fuel cell system in H Gas markets, efforts will be made to expand to L Gas regions in Germany, as well as in the UK, France and neighboring countries of Germany, with the objective of expanding to all regions in Europe in the future.
The fuel cell system has a rated power output of 750W, and thermal output of 1,000W. Power generation efficiency is 37% (LHV), and combined efficiency is 90% (LHV).
The Viessmann Group is one of the leading international manufacturers of heating systems. Founded in 1917, the family business maintains a staff of approximately 10,600 employees and generates €1.89 billion in annual group turnover.
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