‘Micro-CHP Annual Roundup 2012’ reveals promising jump in annual sales – but market polarises further as Japan and Germany grow in dominance
We knew 2012 was going to be a bumper year for micro-CHP sales – with continuing concerns over power supply in a post-Fukushima Japan and increasingly attractive market conditions for cogeneration in Germany. And in collating our latest edition of the Delta-ee ‘Micro-CHP Annual Roundup 2012’, we learned that global sales leapt by more than 50% in 2012. This means almost 44,000 units were sold around the world – compared with less than 29,000 the previous year. The value of the market increased again, this time to almost €700 million – with the increasing popularity of expensive residential fuel cell in Japan being the main reason. We predict growth in global market value to just less than €900 million for 2013.So what do our latest figures on the global micro-CHP market actually mean? Has micro-CHP finally ‘crossed the chasm’ and is now on its way to commercial success?Not quite, yet. Our recently published ‘Micro-CHP Annual Roundup 2012’ (available to Micro-CHP Research Service Members) found that, while Japan smashed records with residential fuel cell and Germany continued to attract a wave of engine-based product launches, activity shrunk back elsewhere. We see no sign of Japan and Germany’s dominance in these markets dissipating over the near term, and other countries will have a serious job if they are to catch up with the global market leaders anytime soon. However, growth in other markets will be key if product prices are to ever come down. Click here for more information on the Micro-CHP Research Service. For further information about how to become a member and gain access the ‘Micro-CHP Annual Market Roundup 2012’ report, contact [email protected] +44 (0)131 625 3213
 Delta-ee sales figures and market values for 2012 were actually lower than our previous year’s projections. This was down to smaller growth than predicted outside the key markets of Japan and Germany – and the assumption that all the allocated fuel cell micro-CHP subsidy budget in Japanese would be exhausted.