Skip to main content

Benefits of carbon capture technology


Produce power
Lower and control your operating costs by producing competitively priced heat and power.


Reduce emissions
The fuel cell's chemical reaction is virtually free of NOx, SOx, and particulate matter emissions.


Recycle CO2
Recycle CO2 into a valuable end product that can be sold or used for industrial processes.


Increase ROI
Generate energy revenue streams while extending the life of fossil fuel power plants and thermal systems.

Capture carbon the clean way

About 35 billion tons of CO2 are emitted globally per year. Our platforms can capture carbon emissions from the exhaust streams of coal or gas-fired power plants while simultaneously producing clean power. Power generation improves the net cost of capture economics, making the fuel cell a practical solution on the path to net-zero.

Download Carbon Capture White Paper



Virtual CO2 recovery tour

Learn how fuel cells can recover CO2 while producing low-carbon electricity. Step through an animated walkthrough of the system.

Take the virtual tour


How does carbon capture work?

The exhaust flue gases from the coal or gas fired system are fed into the cathode side of the fuel cell. The CO2 in the exhaust is transferred to the anode side, where it is much more concentrated and easy to separate. CO2 from the anode exhaust stream is purified by chilling the stream to extract CO2 liquid. Purified CO2 can then be transported by pipeline for enhanced oil recovery applications or underground storage. 


Reduce emissions

A typical 500 MW coal plant emits 3.6 million tons of CO2 per year, which is equivalent to the emissions of more than 685,000 cars annually. We believe that this presents a significant opportunity to decarbonize.


Greater production

Conventional carbon capture technologies consume about 20 percent of a plant’s overall power output. FuelCell Energy’s platforms produce additional power rather than consume it during the carbon capture process.


Scalable design

The modular design of the fuel cell units allows a site to scale up to carbon capture and meet energy requirements. Systems can range from a single sub-megawatt (MW) power plant to an entire multi-MW fuel cell park.

FuelCell Energy's 2023 Sustainability Report is now available. Learn more