26.4.2007: Meldung: FuelCell Energy and Versa Power Announce Successfully Completion
FuelCell Energy and Versa Power recently were selected by the agency through a competitive process to participate in a new DOE Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) program to apply this SOFC technology in developing large-scale, multi-megawatt power plant systems that run efficiently on clean coal.
The high power-density prototype was designed by FuelCell Energy and its SOFC technology partner, Versa Power Systems, Inc., under funding from SECA. The SECA program was established to promote the development of environmentally friendly, cost competitive SOFCs for a variety of energy needs -- including clean, coal-fueled large central power generation stations. The DOE anticipates commissioning multi-MW, proof-of-concept, coal-based SOFC power plant systems in the 2012 time frame.
"We are very pleased at the progress FuelCell Energy and Versa Power are making," said Wayne Surdoval, Fuel Cells Technology Manager for DOE. "The next step is to apply the technology for commercial grade, coal-fueled central generation applications."
Although the U.S. has 25 percent of the world"s coal reserves, and coal currently supplies more than half the electricity in the U.S., coal is also responsible for 83 percent of CO2 emissions -- a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. SECA fuel cells will substantially contribute to higher power plant efficiency, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions to less than 10 percent of current power plant levels.
"Our results enabled the DOE to end the Phase I program early and accelerate our efforts to develop and deliver the SECA coal-based program multi-megawatt integrated gasification fuel cell (IGFC) system," said Christopher R. Bentley, FuelCell Energy"s executive vice president of government research and development operations. "This project was established to prove that efficient and environmentally friendly fuel cell technology is the best way to reduce emissions from future central generation power plants, and is a critical part of the solution to the reduction of global warming."
Two of the main major objectives of the Phase I development effort were to demonstrate the performance of a 3 to 10 kW prototype SOFC system and to develop factory cost estimates showing such systems could be manufactured on a cost-effective basis.
Based on tests conducted by Versa Power and FuelCell Energy over a 2,100-hour operational period, the prototype successfully met all DOE-specified targets. These areas included power output, system efficiency, system availability and overall system endurance. System cost calculations also met the DOE"s target.
Subsequently, the prototype was shipped to the DOE"s National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, WV for another 1,600 hours of testing. Both the initial system performance tests and the factory cost estimate were audited and confirmed by independent third party consultants approved by the DOE.
FuelCell Energy and Versa Power form one of only three industrial teams competitively chosen by DOE to develop this technology for large-scale, coal-fueled applications. GE Hybrid Power Generation Systems and Siemens Power Generation, Inc. are the other two DOE-selected industrial teams. The DOE tapped FuelCell Energy, in part, for its experience in coal gas systems, its existing work with fuel cell hybrid power plants, and its record in building megawatt-class systems.
About FuelCell Energy, Inc.
FuelCell Energy is the world leader in the development and production of stationary fuel cells for commercial, industrial, municipal and utility customers. FuelCell Energy"s secure, ultra-clean and high efficiency DFC(r) fuel cells are generating power at over 60 installations worldwide. The company"s power plants have generated more than 150 million kWh of power using a variety of fuels including renewable wastewater gas, biogas from beer, onion, and milk processing as well as natural gas and other hydrocarbon fuels. FuelCell Energy has partnerships with major power plant developers, trading companies and power companies around the world. The company also receives substantial funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and other government agencies for the development of leading edge technologies such as hybrid fuel cell/turbine generators and solid oxide fuel cells. For more information please visit our website at www.fuelcellenergy.com.
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