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World’s Largest Biogas Fuel Cell Power Plant Launches at California Sewage Treatment Facility

Posted By Beth Buczynski On October 16, 2012 @ 2:47 pm In clean tech,Environment,Innovation,News,Renewable Energy | No Comments

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Today FuelCell Energy, Inc. [1] announced [2] the dedication and operation of the world’s largest carbon neutral fuel cell power plant – a 2.8 megawatt DFC3000 stationary fuel cell [3] power plant installation at a water treatment facility in California. The plant’s unique on-site fuel cell application converts biogas [4], a harmful greenhouse gas, into electricity and usable high-quality heat in a carbon-neutral fashion that emits virtually no pollutants.

The plant was recently sold to Anaergia, Inc. [5], a project developer and investor. Anaergia is selling the electricity and heat to Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) under a twenty year power purchase agreement.

As you’re probably aware, wastewater treatment [6] is stinky business. In California, public utilities are prohibited from releasing the biogas generated by the wastewater treatment process directly into the atmosphere, as it is a harmful greenhouse gas. Instead of simply burning the gas and generating even more air pollutants, the fuel cell technology [7] captures this energy and turns it into clean electrical power.

“This 2.8 megawatt fuel cell power plant is the world’s largest power plant operating on renewable on-site biogas. Our fuel cell technology is uniquely positioned to provide what other megawatt-class power generation products can’t, which is efficiently converting biogas into continuous power right where the biogas is generated and in a manner that is virtually absent of pollutants,” said Chip Bottone, President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc. “This project is a win for everyone involved, particularly the citizens of California that benefit from privately financed carbon-neutral power generation.”

+ Fuel Cell Energy Inc. [1]

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[1] FuelCell Energy, Inc.: http://www.fuelcellenergy.com

[2] announced: http://fcel.client.shareholder.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=713744

[3] DFC3000 stationary fuel cell: http://www.fuelcellenergy.com/dfc3000.php

[4] biogas: http://inhabitat.com/tag/biogas/

[5] Anaergia, Inc.: http://www.anaergia.com/index.shtml

[6] wastewater treatment: http://inhabitat.com/tag/wastewater/

[7] fuel cell technology: http://inhabitat.com/utc-power-infographic-shows-everyday-uses-for-fuel-cell-technology/

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