FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCEL), has announced a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the City of Tulare, California to install a 2.8 megawatt combined heat and power (CHP) Direct FuelCell® (DFC®) power plant at the Tulare Waste Water Treatment facility.
FuelCell Energy will install, operate and maintain the facility, selling power and heat as it is produced to the City of Tulare.
The site will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 11,400 tonnes each year, which is equivalent to removing more than 2,000 cars from the road.
“We are projecting savings in excess of half a million dollars a year, benefiting Tulare taxpayers while enhancing the reliability of power supply from on-site power,” said Joe Carlini, Director Public Works, City of Tulare. “My team and I particularly appreciate the clean emission profile of fuel cells as Tulare is committed to doing our part for the environment while controlling operating costs.”
“Waste water treatment facilities are an attractive market for our easy-to-site fuel cell power plants as we help our customers reduce their operating costs,” said Chip Bottone, Chief Executive Officer, FCEL. “We are also pleased to be working with the City of Tulare again as this installation follows a smaller fuel cell project, expanding our relationship with the city for many years to come.
”We are projecting savings in excess of half a million dollars a year, benefiting Tulare taxpayers while enhancing the reliability of power supply from on-site power”
Joe Carlini, Director Public Works, City of Tulare
The City of Tulare operates an advanced waste water treatment facility that uses anaerobic digesters that break down the organic waste and prevent harmful methane emissions. The fuel cells will power the waste water processes and the heat generated by the fuel cell power generation process will be supplied to the anaerobic digesters.
The plant is expected to be operational by summer 2017.