Households are looking for more climate-friendly and affordable energy solutions. With a fuel cell micro-cogeneration home unit (FC micro-CHP), there is a new technology to generate your own heat and electricity at home with one unit. Thanks to its high energy efficiency, every household and small business can save money and reduce their CO2 emissions.

For installers, there is a new unit on the market with a great potential. As a FC micro-CHP unit is easy to install and operate in virtually any building, it offers plenty of business opportunities and early adopters can gain a considerable advantage. Element Energy, a consultancy based in the United Kingdom and France and technical coordinator of the PACE project, has been focusing on facilitating training for installers.

The first step of this involved the development of installer training materials. In February 2020, three modules for installers were published, introducing them to FC micro-CHP and outlining the key aspects of its operation and commissioning (model 1, model 2, model 3 – links will be added in the final Annual Bulletin version). These materials were developed in partnership with the unit manufacturers in the PACE project, and this represent the cutting edge.

Further to this, work has continued throughout 2020 to engage with training stakeholders such as installer associations. Soon, a further report is due which will summarise this work and make recommendations for installer training and certification bodies in Europe. The ultimate aim of this engagement is to show that FC micro-CHP is just like any other home energy technology – it can be installed without much disruption, and on top of that offers a persuasive option for cost and emissions savings to the average consumer.