This article was published by the FCDIC in The Journey of Fuel Cell Technology, Volume 18 No. 4, in Spring 2019.
"The UK holds much promise for the development of a residential fuel cell micro-CHP (FC m-CHP) market given how prominent natural gas currently is a heating source. However, activities to date have largely focused on demonstrations and field trials. Presently there are two appliances commercially available for customers which, between them, account for less than 10% of the installed base of systems. At present there is a high level of uncertainty around the short-term future of incentives for all small-scale generators; FC m-CHP included. There is a growing need for innovation from the supply side in terms of attractive offers and new business models which appeal to customer drivers other than financial ones, and that enable sales to get to scale more quickly. Current payback periods based on a capital purchase are around 12 years. Over the longer-term, the UK could find itself in a fairly unique situation compared to many European neighbours in that the use of hydrogen as a heating fuel is being seriously considered. In time, this could lead to significant opportunities for FC m-CHP, however there remains much proof-of-concept effort required in the meantime."
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