Micro-CHP refers to the small-scale production of heat and power for commercial and public buildings, apartments, and individual houses.
For existing buildings, heat demand remains high, and the ability to retrofit many renewable technologies is physically limited. For such existing buildings, micro-CHP offers the next generation solution. Micro-CHP is better placed than ever to move beyond the early market stage, and these systems are gaining increased interest from policy-makers, utilities, and homeowners across a growing number of countries, e.g. UK, Germany, Japan, etc. Many of these systems are currently being fueled by diverse fuel sources such as natural gas, propane or methanol.
The High-Temperature PEM fuel cell is especially suited for these diverse fuel sources since it can handle high amounts of carbon monoxide contaminant without inefficient and capital-intensive clean up common to other fuel cell technologies.
Micro-combined heat and power (CHP) holds great potential for lowering energy costs and CO2 emissions since the heat which otherwise would have been lost is utilized for space heating and hot water.
The products and services offered by the telecommunication industry have become an essential part of our lives and economy. The industry is experiencing rapid growth globally that has introduced new challenges particularly with regards to service reliability.
In critical backup power applications, such as data centers and telecommunications stations, even brief power outages can be extremely costly. Historically, these users have relied on the grid for the primary power while cumbersome banks of batteries and/or diesel generators have provided backup power. The drawbacks of such backup power solutions are inconsistent power, limited runtime, physical plant issues and high maintenance.
Many of these providers are now, however, turning to fuel cells for continuous and backup power to lower their environmental impact, improve network reliability, and to reduce operating expenses through the use of more efficient equipment.