FuelCell Energy Inc (NASDAQ:FCEL) recently announced that it has received the California Air Resources Board’s Distributed Generation Certification to the 2013 Waste Gas Standard for its SureSource 3000™ fuel cell power plant. The power plant works on Anaerobic Digester Gas (ADG) and the certification is deemed essential for any distributed generation equipment to get exempted from air permit requirements in the State of California.
With this certification, the SureSource solutions now are recognized for its clean air profile. Moreover, since the certification provides an exemption from other permitting processes required for individual installations, it will reduce costs and support customer sustainability goals.
According to the President and Chief Executive Officer, FuelCell Energy, Chip Bottone, the 2.8MW SureSource 3000 for which the company received CARB certification and the earlier certified 1.4MW SureSource 1500 solutions are the only power plants to receive this type of certification under the solutions operating on renewable biogas. Bottone said that this recognition is a proof of the company’s leading position in providing affordable ultra-clean on-site renewable power.
Biogas is derived from anaerobic digesters. The by-product is produced at facilities for municipal wastewater treatment, agricultural waste handling, and food and beverage processing. This type of renewable fuel is known to have lower energy content but far more contaminants than found in the pipeline natural gas.
SureSource Power Plants Produce Usable Thermal Energy
The SureSource power plants from FuelCell are appropriately suited for this type of renewable fuel since these power plants use the low-Btu gas without de-rating the output of the power plant in any way thereby producing digester operation supporting usable thermal energy. The power produced in this way can be sold to any electric utility under tariffs including BioMAT feed of California in tariff or the power can be even used on site.
Another great advantage of these power plants is that they also used modified technology to produce vehicle-grade renewable hydrogen along with power and heat thus supporting the fuel cell vehicles developing infrastructure.