Configured for trigeneration, the system provides the office complex (pictured) with continuous electricity and usable high quality heat for heating and absorption chilling. It generates approximately 40% of the facility's electrical needs and 20% of its thermal requirements. The system also includes solar arrays for peak power and a natural gas engine standby.
BAM Deutschland AG constructed the office complex, located in central Berlin.
FuelCell Energy Solutions is operating and maintaining the power plant on behalf of BAM Immobilien-Dienstleistungen GmbH under a long term service agreement.
Ministry spokesman Rüdiger Frischer explained the government strategy: ‘We deliberately chose a sustainable energy management system for the Ministry complex. The high efficiency of the fuel cell power generation process is a critical aspect of this sustainability system, using about a third less fuel compared to conventional power generation alternatives. Additionally, the fuel cell plant enables the Ministry complex to be about 50% below relevant energy saving regulations.’