Our tri-generation platform is capable of generating three value streams: electricity, heat, and hydrogen. In a standard configuration, natural gas or renewable biogas are reformed inside the fuel cell into hydrogen, which then electrochemically reacts with air to generate power and heat. We believe that this emerging approach can serve markets at a lower cost with a lower environmental impact than existing alternatives.
Tri-generation can be eligible for the State of California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and is considered carbon-negative by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Renewable biogas can be used as the fuel source, generating power and heat for the wastewater treatment process while producing green hydrogen for transportation.
Tri-generation can create significant value for manufacturers that use heat in their production process. The fuel cell system's high operating temperature improves the efficiency of power generation and provides usable thermal waste heat. Heat can be used for metal processing, glass manufacturing, petrochemical, material handling, and more.
FuelCell Energy is demonstrating tri-generation at our North American manufacturing facility. Ultra-clean electricity powers the manufacturing process, heat is used throughout the facility, and the hydrogen is used in the process ovens. Hydrogen produced on-site replaces the need to purchase hydrogen and transport it to the facility.