FuelCell Energy is celebrating a clean power generation milestone with more than nine million megawatt hours having been generated by its SureSource™ fuel cell power plants globally.
SureSource™ fuel cells are a clean energy solution for the need for baseload power, positioning them as a suitable complement to the intermittent power sources of wind and solar. FuelCell Energy’s SureSource™ plants are currently installed and operating on three continents.
“We are proud of the progress we’ve made developing clear and more energy efficient electrical power solutions, answering the needs for both utility scale and behind-the-meter applications,” said Jennifer Arasimowicz, Interim President and Chief Commercial Officer at FuelCell Energy, Inc.
“Our fuel cell solutions provide distinct advantages over other forms of distributed power generation, providing clean baseload power in various configurations, and effective solutions for applications such as microgrids and systems operating on biogas.”
SureSource™ plants are especially beneficial for urban and suburban locations where land is either expensive or scarce, given the unmatched power density per square foot versus utility scale solar.
For example, in New Haven, Connecticut United Illuminating generates 2.8 megawatts with the SureSource™ 3000 fuel cell on a utility-owned ¼ acre parcel of land next it its substation, avoiding the need for and cost transmission while enhancing the resiliency of energy supply.
While operating on biogas, SureSource™ fuel cell systems are typically classified as carbon-neutral, or in some cases carbon negative, by regulatory authorities due to the renewable nature of the biogas fuel source.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) greenhouse gas equivalency calculations, the low-carbon, clean nine million megawatt hours generated from SureSource™ fuel cells in comparison to the grid is equivalent to avoiding more than a million tonnes of carbon dioxide and almost three tonnes of nitrogen oxides, the equivalent to taking more than 100,000 cars off the road each year.