FCS: DANUBE – Fuel Cell Combined Heat and Power Generation Strategy for Danube region

Monday, 25 January 2016

The FCS: DANUBE project aims to develop а Fuel Cell Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generation Strategy for Danube region, to promote distributed fuel cell CHP generation in the public buildings (office buildings, schools, hospitals etc.) in the medium and big cities in the Danube region in order to contribute to the improvement of energy efficiency in the building sector and the enhancement of the acceptance of energy efficient advanced technologies.

Buildings account for over 40% of final energy consumption in EU and are an equal important source of CO2 emissions. Heating and cooling account for roughly half of the EU’s energy consumption in buildings.

FCS: DANUBE wants to present a secure, eco-friendly, electrically - and cost-efficient, reliable and on-site distributed power generation technology that also meets consumers’ needs.

A fuel cell combines hydrogen with oxygen in a chemical reaction, producing water, clean electricity and heat. The hydrogen is obtained from a fuel source such as clean natural gas, renewable biogas, methanol or syngas and is reformed electrochemically within the fuel cell itself without combustion. Stationary fuel cells produce power and heat at the site of the consumers and for the purpose of their immediate supply with energy. They produce extremely low or zero emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases and attain considerable primary energy savings through lower fuel consumption and avoid the need for transmission & distribution (T&D) infrastructure and corresponding transmission losses. Stationary fuel cells generate more power from a given unit of fuel than similar size internal combustion-based power generation.