FuelCell wins contract to identify potential integration of DFC power plants
FuelCell Energy has won a contract from a global energy firm to identify the potential integration of Direct FuelCell (DFC) power plants with combustion-based natural gas fueled processes.
The contract includes the existing award and earlier feasibility study. The recent award is to provide for testing at the company's Danbury facility in Connecticut, US.
FuelCell Energy chief executive officer Chip Bottone said: "This funding from the private sector, in addition to government-led initiatives we are already undertaking, supports a number of new potential opportunities for our clean and affordable fuel cell power plants to augment the sustainability profile of certain processes fueled by natural gas."
DFC power plants combine a fuel like clean natural gas or renewable biogas with oxygen from the ambient air to produce energy electrochemically.
It avoids nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions as well as particulate matter.
The DFC stationary fuel cell power plants use carbonate fuel cell technology and provide continuous power where it is used for on-site applications and electric grid support.
FuelCell Energy applications & advanced technology development vice president Tony Leo said: "Our Advanced Technology programs have been developing approaches to leverage our fuel cell technology from solely power and heat generation to other processes, including carbon capture.
"The work to be done under this award uses some of these concepts in novel ways, targeting new applications in the energy industry."
FuelCell's power plants have generated over 2.8 billion kilowatt hours of ultra-clean power using several fuels including renewable biogas from wastewater treatment and food processing, as well as clean natural gas.