Europe sees first MW scale fuel cell plant
Europe’s first megawatt-scale fuel cell power plant is now in operation.
The decentralised plant, jointly installed by E.ON and FuelCell Energy Solutions, will provide a virtually carbon free source of energy for the production processes of materials specialist FRIATEC.
With a capacity of 1.4MW, the plant means FRIATEC will be able to annually reduce its CO2 emissions by approximately 3,000 tonnes, the amount that would be expended powering 317 homes for a year.
The fuel cell power plant was installed in only nine months and is forecast to be operational for at least 10 years.
E.ON and FuelCell Energy Solutions have entered into a long term energy partnership to continue developing and providing high-performing clean fuel cell technology.
Chip Bottone, CEO of FuelCell Energy, said: “Together with E.ON, a leading supplier of energy solutions, we are able to implement fuel cell power plants with capacities in the multi-megawatt range. This partnership allows us to introduce our fuel cell power plants, which have already proven themselves in many locations around the world, into new markets.”