FuelCell Energy has signed an exclusive option agreement with the County of Orange regarding the utilisation of landfill gas at the Coyote Canyon landfill in Newport Beach, California for a fuel cell project.

The option agreement, won via a competitive solicitation, provides FuelCell Energy an exclusive right to develop the landfill gas as a source of renewable biofuel, expected to culminate in the negotiation and execution of a Landfill Gas Delivery and Site License Agreement.

The US-based company expects to install operating fuel cell systems that will produce both renewable electricity and renewable hydrogen (H2). With targeted output of between 1,200 to 2,400 kilograms per day of H2, this plant will supply renewable H2 to the largest fuel cell vehicle market, Los Angeles, in late 2020.

“We are pleased to have been selected by Orange County Waste & Recycling to develop and deliver this 100% renewable source of H2 and electricity,” said Chip Bottone, President and CEO of FuelCell Energy.

“This site is an important element of our overall strategy to provide renewable power and H2 to support California’s efforts to decarbonise its transportation sector.”

“FuelCell Energy has developed a technology that not only provides utility scale solutions for reliable distributed power, but a solution to cost effectively deliver H2 to markets that are rapidly adapting H2-powered vehicles.”

“This will be our second project of this type in southern California, adding to our previously announced project with Toyota at the Port of Long Beach.”

“The opportunity is substantial for cost effective distributed H2 solutions, and we are just in the early stages of broad deployment of our carbonate fuel cell solution.”