Japan, Germany, South Korea and the United Kingdom are fielding aggressive efforts to bring the economic and environmental benefits of cutting-edge micro-CHP technologies to mainstream energy markets.
Micro combined heat and power, or micro-CHP, is the small-scale production of electric and thermal energy in a single process. Micro-CHP systems are usually installed close to the point of consumption are most prevalent in the residential and light-commercial sectors.
This is the first of several posts about these national micro-CHP programs. Japan’s Ene-Farm program, which Dan Carter, a fuel cell analyst at Fuel Cell Today, recently described as the “the most successful residential micro-CHP fuel cell project to date,” seems like the obvious place to start. So let’s start.