European buildings contribute to 40% of the energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. Thus, climate innovations and the improvements in energy efficiency of buildings are crucial for achieving ambitious climate goals. Beside energetic refurbishment of buildings and renewable energy in the energy supply of buildings - efficient and intelligent energy supply, e.g. based on cogeneration of heat and electricity in buildings by fuel-cell based heat engines, has a potential to considerably cut GHG emissions from the building sector.
The project "Fuel-Cell COMPASS" examines the opportunities for market diffusion of combined heat and power (CHP) fuel-cell units in the German residual building market. The project is supported as pathfinder project by Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate protection. Fuel-Cell COMPASS is conducted by a consortium of scientific and industry partners, coordinated by the Wuppertal Institute.
In the project drivers, barriers and business opportunities of micro-CHP-fuel cell units are analyzed. Recommendations how to support the diffusion of this technology are developed and a knowledge transfer to relevant stakeholders is conducted.