Highly efficient fuel cells drive improved power generation economics
The high efficiency of our Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plants contributes to favorable economics through lower fuel consumption. DFC power plants generate more power from a given unit of fuel than similar size internal combustion-based power generation.
DFC power plants are 47 percent electrically efficient and can achieve total thermal efficiency up to 90 percent in a combined heat and power (CHP) configuration, depending on the application. FuelCell Energy also has hybrid power plants that can achieve electrical efficiencies up to 70 percent, such as the DFC-ERG power plant.
Our DFC power plants are ideal distributed generation sources. Providing power at the point of use avoids the need for transmission & distribution (T&D) infrastructure and corresponding transmission losses. The transmission of power over long distances results in line power losses of 8 – 10 percent of the centrally-generated power. Distributed generation avoids these costly transmission losses.