Driving Climate Protection Forward Together The WINGAS Bonus Programmes
The fact that CO2 savings in the heat market are of vital importance, is clearly demonstrated by the targets set by the German Government. Germany has just announced it will curb its CO2 emissions by 40 per cent (compared to 1990 levels) by 2020. To achieve this target, Germany currently needs to reduce emissions by 15 per cent, sparing the environment approximately 170 million tons of CO2 per year. According to the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency introduced in December 2014, five to eight per cent of greenhouse gas saving are still needed to meet these targets by 2020 – if there will be no supplementary efforts. For this purpose, CO2 emissions must be cut, especially in the heat market accounting for about a third of Germany´s CO2 emissions.
With its energy incentive programmes (Bonus Programmes) for municipal utilities, WINGAS actively promotes the development and introduction of innovative energy efficiency technologies in the heat market.
This Climate-PartnerBonus intends to encourage end-consumers to use state-of-the-art gas-efficient technologies. This energy efficiency incentive programme provides for WINGAS and municipal utilities to jointly offer the end-customer financial support to purchase a variety of efficient low-power heating technologies. The funds available under the programme depend on the potential for CO2 savings of the device installed.
In domestic energy production, environmentally friendly combined heat and power plants (micro-CHP) harbour great potentials. By using fuel cells with an electrical efficiency of more than 30 per cent, highly efficient solutions allow to simultaneously produce electricity and heat. Operating costs (electricity and heat) for home fuel cells are by far the lowest compared with other systems – though investment costs are still quite high.
The energy efficiency incentive programme Mikro-KWK-PartnerBonus provides funding to WINGAS clients that enables them to offer end-customers the contract-based use of fuel cells with a power range up to 3 kWel.
The WINGAS initiative supplements the micro-CHP Directive, which came into force 1 January 2015. Thus, the German Government provides financial assistance to purchase micro-CHP producing up to 20 kWel.
This Fuel Cell PartnerBonus Plus of WINGAS fosters a highly efficient fuel cell-based CHP (0 - 3 kWel) to be brought to the market.
WINGS provides financial support of up to €10,000 per device for a total of 10 fuel cells, giving interested municipal utilities the opportunity to become familiar with this efficient technology and gain their own experience.
Overview of our bonus programs:
Info: How do fuel cells work?
Fuel cells generate a hydrogen-rich gas through an electrochemical process using natural gas at a pre-stage, namely the reforming process.
This hydrogen-rich gas combines with oxygen from the ambient air to produce – by performing “electrolysis in reverse” – direct electric current, heat and water. Electricity and heat are used for domestic consumption.