On 26 April 2013, the EU Commission hosted a meeting “Hydrogen in the economy – the strongest link in the energy chain?- EU Director General Philip Lowe referred to the role of hydrogen in planning for a medium target in 2030 towards the EU ‘s 2050 emission reduction efforts. He specifically mentioned the role as large scale distribution of hydorgen through the gas grid.
An environmental and economic analysis of fuel cell micro-CHP has shown that fuel cell systems have environmental and energy advantages over competing technologies and can make a significant contribution to building energy efficiency. The ene.field project (co-funded by EU's FCH JU) is the largest EU project which will place up to 1,000 micro FC-CHP units in Europe. Read more on the technology developments in Germany here.
On 20-21 February 2013, the ene.field project, the largest demonstration of micro FC-CHP in Europe, held its second project meeting in Berlin. The EU co-funded project (FCH JU) will place 1,000 micro FC-CHP units in homes in Europe, is working closely with the Callux project - Germany’s biggest demonstration of fuel cell heating systems for domestic use – to exchange lessons learned. Managing Director of NOW programme Dr Klaus Bonhoff, highlighted the opportunities for fuel cell technology in residential combined heat and power supply.