Cummins has received two federal grants worth $4.6m to help commercialise its solid oxide fuel cell technology.
Awarded from the US Department of Energy (DOE), the capital will help fund two projects demonstrating the technology’s potential.
$2.6m of the grant will help build a 20-kilowatt small-scale solid oxide fuel cell power system at the University of Connecticut, fuelled by natural gas but able to use multiple fuels.
Cummins’ proposal calls for developing a system that would be available at a price below $1,000/kW with the flexibility and robustness for use in smaller and larger systems.
Testing on the system is due to begin next year (2021).
The additional $2m for the US DOE will be used to explore the cost, performance and reliability of a reversible solid oxide fuel cell.
Thad Ewald, Vice-President of Corporate Strategy at Cummins, said, “We need every tool we can get to address the world’s climate challenges and other environmental issues.”
“Solid oxide fuel cells give our customers another way to achieve their environmental sustainability goals.”
Cummins’ efforts are all in line with its sustainability strategy adopted in 2019 to address climate change and other environmental issues.