FuelCell Energy has started construction at its 1.4-megawatt SureSource 1500™ biofuels fuel cell project with the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department in California (SBMWD).
Once complete, the plant will operate on the city’s anaerobic digester gas, which will be treated by the SureSource Tretment™ system, cleanly producing electricity and thermal energy to support the operations of the SMBWD water reclamation plant.
The SureSource Treatment™ system is a clean-up technology optimised by FuelCell Energy’s experience with on-site biogas treatment that allows FuelCell Energy to clean up biofuel and use it on site without injection into the common carrier gas pipeline.
“We are excited to enter the construction phase of our 1.4-megawatt project with the city of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department,” said Jason Few, President and CEO of FuelCell Energy.
“The San Bernardino SureSource platform will utilise our utility-scale fuel cell power and heat platform, coupled with our proprietary engineered biogas treatment system.”
“The continuous power profile of our platforms makes them an excellent fir with wastewater treatment plants. Specifically, our fuel cell can operate at peak efficiency utilising the on-site anaerobic digester gas while providing important thermal heat tha enhances the treatment processes.”
Miguel Guerrero, General Manager of the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department commented, “The FuelCell Energy fuel cell plant will produce renewable energy for the Water Department by using the biogas generated at the Water Reclamation Plant.”
“Especially important to our city is the reduction of the flaring of the wastewater treatment biogas, which is also a key element in the Department’s compliance plans with the South Coast Air Quality Management District.”
The project is expected to become commercially operational in December 2020.