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SOFT-PACT project completes fuel cells installation

More than 25 integrated fuel cell systems have been installed by the SOFT-PACT project partners in homes across the UK and Germany to demonstrate the viability and efficiency of fuel cell micro-CHP systems.

The SOFT-PACT Integrated Fuel Cell (SIFC) units use solid ixide fuel cell technology from Ceramic Fuel Cells, the latest product technology taken from Ideal Boilers and HOMA Software that consolidates the heat, power and operational data from each SIFC unit.

E.ON Technologies manages the project, co-ordinates the installations with local installers and employs its own monitoring team to analyse and report on the data until the project’s conclusion next July.

The SIFC units use a 1.5kW fuel cell running on grid-supplied natural gas that generates up to 36kWh of electricity per day for each home.

The heat generated by the fuel cell is integrated into the SIFC’s 26kW boiler and tank system to optimise the boiler’s delivery of domestic hot water and heating for each home.

The project will be conducted over a full year to demonstrate the efficiencies the SIFC system can achieve across all four seasons.

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