Germany has awarded contracts for just under 21 MW in its first tender for ‘innovative combined heat and power (CHP) systems’. The country’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) said seven bids totalling around 23 MW had been received, but two bids were invalid.

The average price for the winning bids was €0.127/kWh, with the lowest bid coming in at €0.0847/kWh and the highest bid at €0.1094/kWh.

The Bundesnetzagentur defined ‘innovative CHP systems’ as those including a renewable heat source such as solar thermal, geothermal or heat pump. With the tender, the agency aimed to support plants that would “provide insights for the future role of CHP plants in heat supply” and “enable a learning process”.

Contracts were also awarded in the country’s second round of tenders for traditional CHP plants. The Bundesnetzagentur said it had received 15 bids totalling 96 MW, but one bid failed to meet the legal requirements and was excluded, reducing the total capacity awarded to 91 MW.

For this round, the average price was €0.0431/kWh with the lowest bid coming in at €0.0299/kWh and the highest at €0.052/kWh. “Without the additional tendering quantities from the last round of tenders, the tender would have been oversubscribed,” the Bundesnetzagentur said.

The next call for tenders will be issued in December for 77 MW.

Source: Decentralised Energy