Combined heat, power and fuel plant commissioned in California

A tri-generation fuel cell and hydrogen storage power plant is commissioned in California.

The Fountain Valley station is a combined heat, hydrogen and power system that co-produces hydrogen in addition to electricity and heat, making it a tri-generation system.

It uses biogas from the Orange County Sanitation District’s wastewater treatment plant as the fuel for the fuel cell. The system is integrated with a hydrogen purification system to recover 100 kg of hydrogen per day, which is then sent to a hydrogen fueling station that can support 25 to 50 fuel cell electric vehicle fill ups per day. The fuel cell also produces 250 kW of power for the wastewater treatment plant.

The project was developed as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, California Air Resources Board, the Orange County Sanitation District, and private industry. The project is managed by Air Products and additional partners include FuelCell Energy Inc. and the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine.

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