A new report launched today reveals how fuel cell smart power units could act like ‘mini power stations’ in more than 5.3 million UK homes, flats and small businesses by 2030. Transferring power generation from energy suppliers into the hands of millions of customers would unlock a set of material benefits for the UK’s economy by delivering affordable, secure and clean energy locally.
The report developed by Ecuity Consulting LLP on behalf of key UK fuel cell developers highlights that fuel cell smart power units are suitable for 90% of households and small businesses in the UK which equates to 22 million properties.
Allowing 5.3 million consumers to generate heat and electricity at home with fuel cell smart power units would revolutionise the energy market, reducing energy bills by 21% for millions of consumers and introducing 5GW of new flexible capacity into the energy system, equal to 14 new gas fired power stations.
In addition to the direct advantages of fuel cell smart power units, the technology is also uniquely placed to become the focal point of a radical smart transformation of energy use in buildings driven by the deployment of the smart grid and the development of intelligent products, IT tools and services.
Industry leaders have pledged to work with political stakeholders and players across the smart energy supply chain towards a plan that will assert the UK’s role as a technology pioneer and a hub for fuel cell smart power and intelligent building solutions.
Mark Bugler, Technical Director, IECHP, commented:
“IE-CHP is delighted to have been involved in this report which clearly shows the potential for smart power revolution in the UK. By de-centralising power generation and producing it in your home instead of centralised power stations, our technology empowers the consumer to produce clean, affordable, efficient and controllable energy where it is needed in the home, at twice the efficiency of centralised power stations.”
Officer, CFCL, commented:
“Ceramic Fuel Cells started selling its smart power unit – the BlueGEN fuel cell – back in 2010. Our recently announced partnership with Spark Energy allows us to roll out the benefits of smart power to communities across the country, particularly tenants struggling with increasing bills. Stronger support from the UK government – to the level shown by the Japanese government – would allow us to positively impact many more people’s lives whilst at the same time reducing grid reinforcement costs.”
David Shaw, Business Development Manager, Baxi Commercial, said:
“Baxi has always believed that microgeneration is the future of home heating. We have led the European development of fuel cells and CHP solutions for residential heating applications and recently announced our partnership with Toshiba Fuel Cell Power Systems Corporation, a global market leader in the development, production and marketing of PEM fuel cell systems. The publication of this report comes at a crucial time for the fuel cell industry. Baxi will work closely with the heating industry and political stakeholders to advocate for cleaner, decentralised energy in order to make this a reality for homes in the near future.”