1.4 MW DFC1500™
FuelCell Energy’s DFC1500 system is a self-contained electrical power generation system capable of providing 1.4 MW of high-quality baseload power at or near the point of use. Featuring ultra-low emissions and low operating noise, the DFC1500 is suitable for locations where traditional power generation technologies are not feasible or desirable.
The DFC1500 is an ideal on-site power generation solution for large installations requiring baseload power and that have an application for high grade heat such as facility heating and/or absorption chilling. The system is suitable for a wide range of applications, including wastewater treatment plants, manufacturing, hospitals and universities.
The system has an electrical efficiency of 47%, giving it higher efficiency than other distributed generation plants of similar size, and with virtually no pollutants. When configured for Combined Heat and Power (CHP), total thermal efficiency can approach 90%, depending on the application. Generating both electricity and heat from the same unit of fuel supports economics and promotes sustainability goals.
Due to its modular design, the DFC1500 is easily installed in comparison to other power generation technologies. Quiet operation and modest space requirements enable siting the power plants next to buildings. The clean air permitting process is facilitated by the low emissions and near-zero pollutant profile of the DFC power plants.
The DFC1500, DFC3000, and DFC300 are certified under the California Air Resources Board’s distributed generation standards when operating on natural gas and both the DFC1500 and DFC300 are certified for operation on renewable biogas. In the State of California, USA, the CARB 2007 certification allows the local Air Quality Management District to exempt the fuel cell installation from the clean air permitting process, accelerating the approval process. Outside of California, the CARB 2007 certification independently validates the clean air profile of DFC plants.
Unlike some other fuel cell technologies, DFC plants internally reform readily available fuels such as clean natural gas or renewable biogas into the hydrogen needed for the fuel cell power generation process. This internal reformation process is key ingredient to the DFC’s ability to operate at such high electrical efficiency.
The value proposition for ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants is even more compelling in regions that offer financial incentives for the adoption clean distributed power generation.