Fuel cell power for Belgium: SOLIDpower enters into a BlueGEN contract with Elugie
Sales of 1,200 BlueGEN appliances in sight by 2018
Belgium announced its withdrawal from nuclear energy as far back as 2003, something quite visionary at the time. The intention of that government was acknowledged once more in 2012. Above all this has led to the generation of electricity by means of combined heat and power plants (CHPs) using natural gas. By now, with a 20 per cent share, this has become the second largest source of energy in the country – with increasing tendencies. And it is precisely here, with an energy requirement of more than 10,000 kWh, that Elugie bvba sees considerable potential for growth with the BlueGEN. "As a micro-CHP appliance powered by natural gas, our BlueGEN can be combined with virtually any heating system on the market. This way, the generated heat is efficiently used by being fed into a hot water tank – enough to provide around 200 litres of hot water per day," says Andreas Ballhausen, Managing Director of SOLIDpower in Germany.
The purchase contract signed and sealed at the end of March proves the increasing interest in this highly efficient technology “made in Germany”. The contract gives Elugie bvba the extended option for a total of 1,200 BlueGEN units, which corresponds to overall sales of more than 20 million Euros for SOLIDpower.