FuelCell Energy’s 1.4MW SureSource 1500™ biofuels fuel cell project is now operational in California, US.

Sharing the news on Thursday (1st July), FuelCell Energy said the site, developed with the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department, eliminates the need for another flare in the state.

The site offers the only fuel cell generation platform approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for use with on-site biofuels. 

Commenting on the news, Jason Few, President and CEO of FuelCell Energy, said, “We are excited to begin commercial operation of our platform in San Bernardino.”

“We are executing on our promise to the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department, delivering 1.4MW of clean power and, importantly, contributing to cleaner air quality in the region by capturing and using the on-site methane gas that was otherwise being flared.

“Utilising our utility-scale fuel cell power and heat platform, coupled with our proprietary engineered biogas treatment system, the continuous power profile of our platforms makes them an excellent fit with wastewater treatment plants.”

Commercial operation of the California sites adds 1.4MW to FuelCell Energy’s generation fleet portfolio, bringing the total to 34MW.

Miguel Guerrero, General Manager of the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department, added, “We are pleased to be commencing operation of the fuel cell facility.”

“The fuel cell will produce electricity for the Water Reclamation Plant and consume methane produced from wastewater treatment digesters, maintaining compliance with South Coast Air Quality Management District regulations and contributing to cleaner air for California.”