New Funding for Micro CHP Plants

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) published a new guideline on the promotion of micro combined heat and power plants (micro CHP) with an installed capacity of up to 20 kW.

The support programme will be managed by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle – BAFA). Applications can be submitted as of 1 April 2012.

Micro CHP eligible for funding have to be part of a list BAFA will publish by 15 March 2012 (the list shall be continuously updated). Manufacturers of micro CHP are therefore asked to submit their (first) application by 15 February 2012.

One-time investment grants will be given for micro CHP plants in existing buildings. Funding depends on the electrical output of the system. Small installations with a electrical output of 1 kW will receive EUR 1,500, bigger systems with an output of 19 kW will receive EUR 3,450.

Micro CHP systems funded under the programme have to be highly efficient exceeding the requirements of Directive 2004/8/EC on the promotion of cogeneration based on a useful heat demand in the internal energy market. Primary energy savings of installations with an electrical output of less than 10 kW must amount to at least 15%. For systems up to 20 kW 20% primary energy savings of at least 20% are required. Besides the installations have to reach an overall annual operating efficiency of at least 85%. Additional requirements apply. They can be found on the BAFA homepage.

Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), BAFA

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2 Responses to “New Funding for Micro CHP Plants”

  • Thank you for this article about the refunding of the Micro CHP programm managed by BAFA.

    Actually I am a bit disappointed about the new version of the programm. I remember, that last time we had a promotion for plants up to 50 kW. 20 kW is really not much to push the CHP technology and the decentral energy landscape.

    I expect, that we get a lot of new micro biogas plants in 2012, which get a huge feed in tarif in the new EEG 2012. A more profound micro CHP programm would have been a great support for this new biogas plants.

    Everybody who shares the same passion for the bioenergy as I do, might also like to join the bioenergy blog:

    Thank you for the german energy blog in english, I hope the blogosphere in the energy sector will grow together little by little!

  • I have a client who secured an Agreement with the Government of Russia for the construction of CHP Plant (20KW).
    Could you assit us by way of connecting us to a sub-contractor with specialty in such project?
    Thank you,
    Eyal Zeller, Adv.

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