Prize for successful market preparation of fuel cell technology
Berlin/Milan -- The National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technology (NOW) GmbH is receiving the COGEN Europe Recognition Award 2016 for the successful implementation of the lighthouse project Callux, tendered by the then Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. The prize of the European association for the promotion of cogeneration is being awarded on Thursday, 23 June 2016 in Milan in the framework of a formal award ceremony. It goes to organisations that have made a special contribution to the development, application and funding of the technology.
Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director (Chair) of NOW: “This award confirms that NOW successfully supports future-oriented efficiency technologies. The Callux project has won over both users and the jury of the COGEN Europe Recognition Awards with its cross-application approach and early incorporation of customer requirements.”
In the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), fuel cell heating appliances were successfully tested in everyday use. Designed to prepare the market, the Callux lighthouse project, in which around 500 fuel cell appliances for electricity and heat supply were tested in domestic homes, was funded with approximately 36 million euro by the then Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.
The fuel cell technology enables an average CO2 saving in domestic energy of about a third compared to combustion technology and electricity purchased from the grid. Within Callux, the industry has proven the everyday suitability of the appliances over a period of seven years (2008-2015) and across several appliance generations. In the process stack runtimes of over 20,000 hours were achieved, proving the necessary longevity of the systems. Today the first products are available on the market.