Ultra-clean distributed generation fuel cells provide industrial operations with economical, secure and reliable power
Facilities managers at manufacturing plants have a constant need for secure, reliable power. By locating a fuel cell power plant on-site, and implementing real-time monitoring capabilities, facilities managers are assured of increased reliability and control of their power costs. Installing distributed generation power with Direct FuelCells® (DFCs®) can significantly reduce reliance on the already strained power grid.
While there are a number of distributed generation technologies available, stationary fuel cell power plants are the only ultra-clean baseload power solution available 24 hours a day. Intermittent renewable technologies such as solar and wind are dependent on weather and geography and achieve availability ratings of only about 35 percent or less in most applications. DFC power plants achieve availability ratings in excess of 90 percent.
Combined heat and power (CHP) configurations add value for industrial applications, reducing or even eliminating reliance on combustion-based boilers for heat. DFC power plants’ CHP capabilities reduce heating costs and support sustainability initiatives.
In many regions, financial incentives are available for installing ultra-clean distributed generation with CHP capabilities, such as stationary fuel cell power plants. These and the numerous other benefits of DFC power plants make them an economical and efficient power generation solution.
FuelCell Energy is focused on producing megawatt and multi-megawatt stationary fuel cell power plants that meet the growing power demands of today’s advanced manufacturing facilities. Annual electricity usage of 11 million kilowatt hours (kWh) or higher is appropriate for a 1.4 megawatt DFC1500 as well as a use for the high quality heat, such as facility heating, absorption chilling or need for heat in industrial processes.