Industry and stakeholders from the energy sector, including BDR Thermea Group, recently launched the Joint Declaration on Stationary Fuel Cells for Green Buildings to draw attention to the tremendous potential of stationary fuel cells to decarbonise the buildings sector.
The signatories acknowledge that households and small businesses will play a vital role in the energy transition. With heating and cooling in buildings responsible for 36% of carbon emissions in Europe, they call for action to reduce our carbon footprint in the buildings sector with efficient, renewable and decentralised smart energy solutions.
The signatories of the joint declaration stress that stationary fuel cells can deliver a great contribution to the EU’s climate and energy objectives today and in the future, as part of a package of technology and market solutions tailored to residential and commercial buildings. According to them, stationary fuel cells are at a critical stage in market adoption. Production and market uptake need to be increased and consumer and supply chain awareness must improve.
BDR Thermea Group’s brands Remeha and SenerTec recently introduced their new fuel cells in the German market and other European countries. “We have always been a strong believer in fuel cell technology,” says Andrea Manini, Innovation Director at BDR Thermea Group. “Therefore we are supporting this initiative as well as introducing new fuel cell offerings in EU markets.”
Stationary fuel cells reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions and local air pollution. They can be connected to the gas grid or installed off grid, but they use hydrogen to efficiently produce heat and power and will increasingly run on renewable hydrogen or synthetic gases. Their deployment will help transform Europeans from energy consumers to energy ‘prosumers’ (producer-consumers), putting them at the centre of a future decentralised energy system.
Hans Korteweg, Managing Director of COGEN Europe, the coordinator of the PACE project bringing Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration to mass market, calls upon all stakeholders to start acting today: To maximise the decarbonisation potential of Stationary Fuel Cells we need sound and ambitious policies at European, national and local level to create a level-playing field for all energy solutions. Secondly, we need a commitment by industry to innovate in technology solutions, market deployment and customer empowerment. Finally, targeted funding and financing opportunities will address the industry’s needs and bridge the gap between early market uptake and mass commercialisation.