Skip to comments.Fuel Cell Power Plant Dedicated at Ohio Coalmine
Posted on 10/22/2003 6:21:38 PM PDT by hoosiermama
DANBURY, Conn., Oct 22, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- FuelCell Energy Inc., (FCEL) today announced the dedication of the world's first fuel cell power plant, its Direct FuelCell(R) (DFC(R)) power plant, to operate on coalmine methane gas at a ceremony at the AEP Ohio Coal LLC Rose Valley Site in Hopedale, Ohio. The purpose of the project, which is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, is to demonstrate the feasibility and advantages of methane from coalmines to generate electricity cleanly and efficiently.
Hans Maru, chief technology officer of FuelCell Energy remarked on the potential that this demonstration represents. "This project is very exciting for a number of reasons. First, by using coalmine methane to power our DFC power plants, we're generating electricity cleanly and efficiently from a readily available domestic fuel source. Second, we're helping to eliminate escaping methane, which is a harmful greenhouse gas. Third, we are demonstrating the economics of using coalmine methane as an opportunity fuel to generate electricity in a clean power source such as our DFC power plants."
"This demonstration," said DOE's Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, Carl Michael Smith, "supports President Bush's long-range goals for energy, environmental and economic security on terms that deliver new jobs and rising prosperity. It is innovation of a high order. It recovers the methane gas that is a hazard in coal mining and a strong agent of possible climate change and turns it into a useful energy resource. In this way it expands our Nation's inventory of useable energy reserves, supports miner safety and contributes to the President's Clear Skies, Climate and National Energy Policy initiatives. Once proved and deployed on a wide scale this new technology could make marked contributions in each area."
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Another project used "garbage" from LA to create electricy. (Can also use agricultural products.)