New Jersey backs CHP and fuel cells

In the wake of its battering by Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey has launched new support for large-scale combined heat and power (CHP) and fuel cell installations.

Open to new installations rated above 1 MW, the Clean Energy Solutions LSCHP-FC Program will back projects with up to £3m, capped at 30% of costs for CHP projects and 45% for fuel cell projects.

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Applications opened on 16 January for the scheme, which is a second iteration of a competitive programme introduced last April and covers commercial, institutional and industrial customers in New Jersey.

New Jersey’s backing for CHP and fuel cells reflects a rising interest in decentralised energy amid rocketing demand and extreme weather events, said Craig Dennett of the UK Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA).

Hurricane Sandy really brought home the importance of decentralised generation for system reliability,’ he told COSPP.

‘The increased support we are seeing for fuel cells in America, Japan and elsewhere is particularly encouraging, as their greater electrical efficiency and low NOx and SOx emissions means that the technology will be a viable option for an even broader range of applications.’.

Michele Brown, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), described the programme as ‘a win-win for New Jersey’s economic and environmental future’.

The six projects approved under the competitive programme will leverage more than $67m of total investment in New Jersey’s economy, she added.

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