Germany’s largest on-site fuel cell power plant commissioned

Berlin's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) office complex is the site of a newly commissioned fuel cell combined heat and power plant from Fuel Cell Energy Solutions GmbH.

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.’

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