Ultra-clean CHP-capable fuel cell power plants fulfill governments’ energy requirements while supporting renewable portfolio standards
Ultra-clean and efficient distributed generation Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plants with combined heat and power capabilities meet the needs and mandates of local, regional and federal government office campuses and bases.
Combined heat and power (CHP) is gaining increased recognition as a cost-effective solution for meeting growing energy needs while reducing the environmental impact of power generation. More than 800 municipal governments in the USA currently use CHP to generate more than 5,600 megawatts of electricity, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Reliable on-site power generation improves power reliability and energy security, attributes valued at various U.S. military bases with DFC power plants. Ultra-clean and low carbon power generation supports renewable portfolio standards at the state and federal level and sustainability initiatives at the local government level. CHP improves economics by generating both electricity and usable high quality heat from the same unit of fuel and contributes to lower emissions by reducing the need for combustion based heating and its associated pollutants.
Ultra-clean DFC power plants, unlike traditional reciprocating engines and gas turbines, produce virtually no nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx), or particulate emissions (PM). While the average fossil fuel power plant in the USA produces nearly 25 pounds of these emissions per megawatt hour, the DFC fuel cell produces just 0.1 pounds of these emissions.DFC power plants also emit dramatically less carbon dioxide (CO2) than combustion-based power generation, a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly when configured for CHP applications.
Favorable financial returns on fuel cell projects attract private capital that can provide cost-effective power solutions for public entities with long term power purchase agreements (PPA). The PPA structure provides certainty of energy costs for municipal budgets.