Stirling-based iPower Energy supplies combined heat and power micro fuel cells to Welsh council

A BlueGEN heat and power fuel cell
A BlueGEN heat and power fuel cell: Picture by Ecofit Energy 

At a time when business and residential consumers are being hit with rapidly rising energy bills, one local authority in Wales has found a way to cut to energy bills and carbon emissions.

Fuel Cell Micro Combined Heat and Power technology is well established, with many thousands of installations completed in Japan and Germany – but it is a lot less well known in the UK.

The first product to apply this technology in the UK and receive Feed In Tariff is called BlueGEN.

BlueGEN generates electricity as efficiently as the best large modern gas-fired power station – but unlike a power station the heat that is generated can be used as well so providing the most efficient method of using gas to create usable energy.

In Wales, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Burgh Council has found a way to cut to energy bills and carbon emissions – thanks to BlueGEN.

Jon Arroyo, the council’s Energy Manager said: “We installed our first BlueGEN in a 26-bed residential care home alongside a 15kW solar array.

“This provided a payback of under seven years and we have now installed a further 10 units in other similar properties and a school, leisure centre, library and office.”

The units were made by SOLIDpower and were supplied by UK BlueGEN distributor, Stirling-based iPower.

Jon Cape, iPower Managing Director, said, “Feed In Tariff has now been confirmed for two years to March 2019 and, along with grant available for the same period to support installation cost, BlueGEN can play a cost effective part in reducing both energy bills and carbon emissions”.

Guto Owen, of Ynni Glan, iPower representative in Wales, added: “Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has been a fantastic customer for BlueGEN in its early stages. There is now a strong business case for BlueGEN and we are finding growing interest amongst local authorities and many others.

“Reliable and practical with no planning issues and no air pollution, fuel cells make a compelling case for generating clean, on-site energy.“

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