At Ecobuild 2014 (4th-6th March at the ExCel; stand N1820/21), leading international heating systems manufacturer, Viessmann, will unveil the first mass-produced, commercially available, domestic fuel cell in Europe. Viessmann and Panasonic have jointly developed the Vitovalor 300-P polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC)-based micro combined heat and power system (mCHP), which goes on sale in Germany this April. By 2020, Panasonic and Viessmann expect a five-digit number of systems to be installed in Europe.
The fuel cell system, comprising a fuel cell unit, peak load boiler and hot water tank, reduces CO2. emissions by 50 per cent compared to the separate generation of heat and power. As Viessmann celebrates 25 years in the UK in 2014, the fuel cell display perfectly demonstrates the exhibition strapline: Sustainability guides our actions.
Several other new products across the Viessmann range will be showcased at Ecobuild: the new version of the solar tube display, the Vitosol 200-T, has wider, but fewer tubes for greater efficiency and for reducing installation time and the risk of breakages.
Ecobuild will also mark the launch of Vitoflow, a software and hardware system which supports automated hydraulic balancing of radiator circuits, increasing the heating system efficiency by up to 15 percent. The technology works with all Vitotronic 200 controlled heat generators up to 150 kW.
Products from Viessmann’s established range will be at the show, including the Vitobloc 200 EM5, a combined heat and power (CHP) unit for direct and indirect space heating and instantaneous hot water generation, the Vitodens 100-W, 111-W and 200-W popular wall hung gas fired condensing boilers, the Vitocell 300-B hot water cylinder, the Vitosol 200-F solar thermal flat panel and the Vitocal 200-S split air source heat pump.
As the diversity of its exhibits at Ecobuild demonstrates, Viessmann prides itself on its comprehensive range of individual solutions for efficient systems. It is also a persistent champion of sustainability, running its highly successful ‘Efficiency Plus’ project at its manufacturing facilities in Allendorf, Germany, to demonstrate how any business or household can actively promote climate protection and reduce their energy bills. The project has already saved 66 percent of fossil energy use and cut CO2 emissions by 80 per cent.