FuelCell Energy, Inc. has announced a contract with Cenovus Energy Inc. to complete the preliminary front-end design and engineering (pre-FEED) for siting a fuel cell system to capture CO2 from flue gas.

The system would be at an existing 14 megawatt natural gas-fired co-generation facility located at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

Cenovus, a Canadian integrated oil company, is the lead partner of a Joint Industry Project (JIP) and acts on behalf of the JIP participants that include Alberta Innovates-Energy Environment Solutions as well as Cenovus, Devon Canada, and Shell Canada, three members of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). This project is intended to quantify the benefits of the fuel cell carbon capture solution for the separation of CO2 from the flue gas of boilers used to make steam in oil sands production.

Progress through innovation 

“Cenovus and our COSIA partners on this project are focused on innovation and technology development to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and this fuel cell carbon capture project illustrates our commitment to this goal,” said Craig Stenhouse, Manager, COSIA at Cenovus. “We’re encouraged by the growing commercial adoption of FuelCell Energy power plants, and configuring them for carbon capture is a compelling application for us to pursue.”

“Cost is a critical aspect for Canadian oil sands operators, and our carbon capture solution can efficiently and affordably concentrate CO2, while also producing ultra-clean power that supports economics from the sale of electricity,” said Chip Bottone, Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Inc. “Our solution is delivered in an environmentally friendly manner, and the scalable nature of our carbon capture solution is attractive, as additional capture capability can be incrementally added over time.”