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has launched an incentive programme worth millions of euros to promote the use of decentralized CHP technology in the German consumer market over the coming years.
The programme offers either a one-time investment grant per micro-CHP system of up to EUR2500 (US3670), or an annual operating grant for newly installed systems until the year 2020.
In the case of the latter, WINGAS is doubling the special natural gas or eco-tax refund by up to 0.55 euro cents per kWh, depending on the system capacity. The incentive scheme covers systems with a capacity of up to 20 kW.
Half of the natural gas consumed in Germany is supplied to households and small users such as retail companies and service providers; and so far it was used almost entirely for heat generation, says WINGAS.
‘If we want to meet the climate protection goals set by the government we have to make energy consumption more efficient. And we see considerable potential to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions substantially with decentralized CHP technologies,’ the managing director for Sales at WINGAS, Dr Ludwig Möhring, explained.
Small natural gas-powered CHP systems that generate heat and electricity at the same time can attain efficiency levels of over 90% per cent and represent one of the most efficient methods of energy generation – partly because they are installed on the user’s premises and therefore avoid any transmission losses.
In recent years WINGAS has supported field tests and trials with micro-CHP systems on a wide scale, together with various utility companies across Germany and helped promote the development of this technology.