Household energy – a challenge for Europe

Europe has 200 million households heated with fossil energy. The electricity grid is too weak to manage the transition towards renewable energy, and a large part of households uses natural gas. Zemission’s solution for gas-connected households contributes to a trouble-free transition where homeowners also get a significantly cheaper electricity bill.

Smart heating system

The new product can automatically handle different gases, hydrogen, biogas and natural gas. It is truly future proof. The function is smart and controlled by software that analyze the gas in real time, even mixtures are recognized so that the function is optimized.  With Zemission, the energy conversion from gas to heat and hot water is naturally free of nitrogen oxides and other environmentally hazardous exhaust gases. 

Free electricity

The smart system comes with another welcome feature. Residual heat is converted into domestic electricity. The household-produced electricity lowers the monthly electricity bill by over 50%. More important for the EU is that the electricity grid is less congested. 

EU support 

The EU has recognized the progress of Zemission and is now supporting continued effort.  With a grant of 7.6 million SEK, Zemission and Microgen, a Dutch partner, now develops the smart household heating system with unique advantages. Zemission and Microgen are investing over 15 million SEK in the industrialization of the product. The market of gas-connected households is large, and mainly in northwestern Europe.

Hydrogen Combustion from Zemission

A new clean-tech product offers a smooth way to materialize the phase-out of fossil fuel dependence in Europe. Two proven technologies re-appear in a merger with remarkable results. Electricity, heating, and hot water are all produced within the household using hydrogen or biogas. 

Hydrogen is the ultimate solution of Europe’s phase-out of fossil fuel for domestic heating. The demand for new solutions is pressing. Zemission has developed a fuel-flexible solution for a domestic Combined Heat and Power unit (CHP). This clean-tech product generates electricity, household heating and hot water in a single unit. Producing electricity in this way is substantially more efficient than drawing from the grid. Waste heat becomes heating for the household. 

Hydrogen is the future

Zemission’s catalytic system is now developed to work with hydrogen as well. Hydrogen is quite different from natural gas and has its own requirements. Normally, hardware must be changed when going from natural gas to hydrogen. Not so with Zemission. The Zemission catalytic platform delivers regardless of which fuel is being used. The software optimizes the process in real time for any gas. Health hazardous by-products like nitrogen oxides (NOx) is eliminated by using the Zemission catalytic system as it is zero-emission by its nature. 

A new potential emerges

The catalytic process has been known for a long time and the concept of CHP has a history of promising all kinds of benefits. It is only now, when the two are respectively re-invented and merged into a single unit, that the true potential emerges, reducing cost, saving electricity, and decreasing CO2.

Zemission helps EU develop heating for electric vehicle batteries

The range of the electric car should be as long as possible. When the batteries are used for heating, the mileage on the road quickly decreases. This problem is now being resolved.

EU steps in to promote vehicle technology

Albatross is an EU project involving 21 companies from 10 countries, they all bring their respective expertise to the project. Zemission is part of the project and is responsible for zero-emission heating of the electric car’s battery pack and interior. The battery must always have a temperature between 20° and 40° C. The project goal is a battery pack with maximized performance, using today’s available technology. In 2023, the results will be presented. 

Exhaust gases that you can breathe 

Zemission’s system is second to none in terms of efficiency and emissions. Zero emission means that emissions contain only water and hot air. CO2 emissions are neutral when using ethanol or HVO. Harmful emissions of CO, HC, NOx and PM are all below ambient levels. In other words, the exhaust gases are breathable, so the system works in confined spaces, like a garage. 

Zemission and the other companies in the Albatross project will provide a technical boost to the European automotive industry by developing the most efficient battery pack for electric vehicles.