FuelCell Energy Solutions and E.ON Connecting Energies are to offer decentralized combined heat and power (CHP) solutions with megawatt (mW) and multi-megawatt Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plants to its existing and prospective customer base in Germany.

The agreement commences with the sale of a 1.4mW plant in Europe at the German headquarters and production facility of FRIATEC AG in Mannheim.

FRIATEC will host the plant, and benefit from ultra-clean, efficient and reliable power and high quality heat along with a reduction of power costs and enhanced energy security. E.ON will own the power plant and FuelCell Energy Solutions will install, operate and maintain the plant under a long-term service agreement.

Robert Hienz, CEO of E.ON Connecting Energies, commented, “With this partnership, we are delighted to install the first commercial mW-class fuel cell in Europe in an industrial environment. This case shows how high-efficiency technologies can grow, mature and serve real customer needs, such as reducing CO2 emissions by around 25%, and significantly cut energy cost as a production factor.”

The 1.4mW power plant installation at FRIATEC will meet approximately 60% of the power needs of the manufacturing operations. The high quality heat from the power plant will be supplied to the existing on-site heating grid to be used at multiple production areas within the facility.

“Our production-processes require a large amount of power and heat, so we are very happy to have the opportunity to utilize fuel cells to generate these necessities as efficiently and as cleanly as possible to advance our environmentally-friendly production processes,” said Klaus Wolf, CEO of FRIATEC AG.

“We are pleased to be partnering with leading energy provider E.ON Connecting Energies to accelerate the deployment of multi-megawatt fuel cell power plants,” said Chip Bottone, President and CEO FuelCell Energy, Inc. and Managing Director, FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH. “This agreement introduces our globally proven power plants to new geographies and customers that are interested in highly efficient and virtually emission free distributed power generation solutions.”

The project development agreement targets CHP applications for large scale power users that require continuous power, delivered economically and in an environmentally friendly manner.

Multi-megawatt fuel cell installations are operating globally, providing both on-site power as well as utility grid support, including a 15mW DFC® fuel cell park in North America and the world’s largest, a 59mW DFC® fuel cell park in South Korea.

Fuel cells electrochemically convert a fuel source into electricity and heat in a highly efficient process that emits virtually no pollutants due to the absence of combustion. The combination of near-zero pollutants, modest land-use needs, and quiet operating profile facilitates permitting and enables locating the power plants in urban locations.