Fuel cell power plant firm FuelCell Energy has finalized four awards from The U.S. Department of Energy. The projects, which were previously announced, involve the commercialization of solid oxide fuel cell technology and utilization of carbonate fuel cell power plants.
The projects include installation of a 2.3 MW fuel cell power plant capable of carbon capture adjacent to an operating coal-fired plant. The second phase of this project will be the installation of 11 additional fuel cell power plants capable of capturing 700 tons of carbon dioxide daily.
Another project involves adapting the solid oxide fuel cell for hydrogen using electrolysis through a solid oxide electrolyzer cell at very high efficiency and within established cost parameters, according to FuelCell.
FuelCell, which is headquartered in Danbury, CT, has more than 300 MW of power generation capacity installed or in backlog, according to the company.
More advances are on their way. SciDev.Net reports that Japanese and Indian researchers have developed a hybrid material called heteroatom. The material is a “doped graphene.” It can be used to economically produce efficient electrodes for batteries and fuel cells.