FuelCell Energy Awarded Project for Ultra High Efficiency Solid Oxide Systems

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DANBURY, Conn., March 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --   (Nasdaq:FCEL), a global leader in delivering clean, innovative and affordable fuel cell solutions for the supply, recovery and storage of energy, today announced that it was awarded $3.1 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) division of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its project proposal to advance the commercialization of ultra-high efficiency Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) systems.

The award is part of ARPA-E’s “Innovative Natural-gas Technologies for Efficiency Gain in Reliable and Affordable Thermochemical Electricity-generation” (INTEGRATE) program. The INTEGRATE program has the objective of developing natural gas fueled distributed generation systems with ultra-high efficiency (>70%). The project will further develop FuelCell Energy’s advanced solid oxide cell technology, specifically focused on advanced stack designs capable at operating at elevated pressure. High pressure operation allows the configuration of very high efficiency power generation systems, and also enhances the efficiency of solid oxide based electrolysis and energy storage systems.

“FuelCell Energy is commercializing solid oxide systems for power generation, energy storage, and electrolysis, and this project will further advance the high efficiency operation of SOFC in all of these applications,” said Tony Leo, Vice President of Advanced Applications & Technology Development for FuelCell Energy. “The performance enhancements enabled by the project will allow higher efficiency utilization of domestic fuels, as well as high efficiency electrolysis and energy storage for integration of intermittent renewable power sources in the grid.”

Fuel cells use chemistry to convert a fuel source into electricity and heat in a highly efficient process that emits virtually no pollutants as the fuel is not burned. The combination of near-zero pollutants, modest land-use needs, and quiet operating nature of these stationary fuel cell power plants facilitates installation in urban locations where the power is used. Customers benefit with operating cost reductions delivered in a manner that supports sustainability goals and enhances power reliability. 

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Globe Newswire: 17:33 GMT Tuesday 13th March 2018

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