Air Products has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a leading manufacturer of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, in an agreement that will work toward the development of tri-generation fuel cell power plants.

Tri-generation Direct FuelCell® power plants generate hydrogen, ultra-clean electricity and usable high quality heat at the point of use.

Air Products and FuelCell Energy, Inc. signed the MoU to work toward the market development of these stationary plants, the target markets for which include industrial hydrogen users as well as vehicle fueling applications.

“On-site or distributed co-production of hydrogen in a cost effective and efficient manner from stationary fuel cell power plants represents tremendous market potential,” said Ed Kiczek, Global Director – Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products.

“…together we can create the hydrogen infrastructure with a solution that is ready today”

Chip Bottone, President and CEO, FuelCell Energy, Inc.

“Hydrogen is an alternative fuel that can simultaneously reduce a country’s dependence on imported oil and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

The initiative seeks to develop a market for tri-generation megawatt-class power plants around the world. Industrial users of hydrogen can utilise all three of the DFC revenue streams including hydrogen, electricity and heat.

Onsite or local production of hydrogen and electricity eliminates the delivery costs incurred by industrial companies while enhancing security and reliability of supply.

“By combining our industry-leading fuel cell technology and expertise with the market reach, hydrogen processing, and distribution capabilities of Air Products, together we can create the hydrogen infrastructure with a solution that is ready today,” said Chip Bottone, President and CEO, FuelCell Energy, Inc.

Distributed generation of hydrogen could help to enable hydrogen infrastructure development by producing hydrogen in locations convenient for end-uses such as vehicle fueling or industrial use. Fuelling operations or neighbouring facilities can utilise the ultra-clean electricity and high quality heat produced.