Are fuel cells the future of powering our homes?

With rising energy bills and the need to reduce our carbon levels, the industry is always looking for new ways to efficiently power our homes.
One of the latest technologies to hit the market are fuel cells, and the UK’s first mass-produced, commercially available domestic fuel cell system, Viessmann’s Vitovalor 300-P, has recently been installed into a family home in Wolverhampton.
But what exactly are fuel cells and how easy are they for domestic installers to fit? Installer headed to Wolverhampton to find out:

The system will supply the home with the energy it requires and reduce CO2 by 50%, compared to the separate generation of heat and power. Total spend on energy utility bills will be cut by 36%, approximately £400 for the Wolverhampton home, due to the on-site generation of electricity. Any excess that is created can be exported back into the grid. Based on a Feed-in-Tariff of 15p per kWh, this will provide the household with a return upwards of £600 per year.
The energy created by the Vitovalor 300-P – approximately 4,500 kWh per year – is equivalent to that generated by 30 m2 of solar PV panels; which in practice would involve covering both sides of a large roof in its entirety. Yet the fuel cell unit just takes up the space of a fridge freezer without any impact on the external aesthetics of the property.
For more information about the Vitovalor 300-P, please click here