FuelCell Energy's platforms can help utilities and independent power producers transition to net zero while strengthening grid reliability. Our systems are proven to add clean distributed power while enhancing grid resiliency. The fuel cell power plant's compact design, quiet operation, and clean emissions profile make it easy to site in populated areas.
As utilities adjust to more intermittent power generation from wind and solar, innovative solutions will be required to improve the effectiveness of renewables. Our technologies, both current and in development, help solve this problem by providing clean power to compensate for undersupply and store power during oversupply using hydrogen.
Grid operators are tasked with generating enough power to ensure that supply and demand stay in sync. Resembling the side profile of a duck, the "duck curve" chart was introduced by the California Independent System Operator. The chart shows how energy demand is typically lower during the day and ramps up at night.
Grids with high solar adoption may over-generate during the day and under-generate as the sun sets and energy demand rises. FuelCell Energy's solid oxide electrolysis (SOEC) platform, currently under development, aims to balance time gap problems in the market by producing and storing hydrogen — so that energy from wind and solar energy can be used anytime, anywhere.