Stationary Fuel Cells – Last month Clear Edge Power released a paper outlining for the renewable energy industry the advantages of stationary fuel cell combined heat and power system for commercial buildings. Last week the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Fuel cells generate electricity by converting hydrogen and oxygen into water. Combined heat and power systems utilize the waste heat in the process as a source for building or process heat. One of the largest challenges in the fuel cell industry is the source of the required hydrogen. At present the majority of hydrogen is produced as a by product of the oil and natural gas industry which is anything but green or clean.
“There is a market tendency to discount fuel cell based energy solutions as less green than other, more commonly regarded clean energy solutions because they utilize natural gas,” said ClearEdge Power’s Director of Product Management and Applications, Kent McCord. In the new white paper titled, “The Green Edge of Fuel Cells,” ClearEdge Power engineers articulate the numerous environmental benefits inherent in the application of the company’s PureCell® stationary fuel cell systems that may go unrecognized in conventional analysis of green technologies.
In order to make clean power from any type of hydrogen fuel cells we need a clean source of hydrogen. The most common method for doing this is the electrolysis of water using electricity to split water ( h20) into its components of hydrogen and water.
ClearEdge Power’s white paper explores the tangible environmental benefits that make stationary fuel cells a true “green” energy solution. The paper, authored by the the company’s management team, offers a quantitative assessment of fuel cell combined heat and power (CHP), as it applies to commercial building applications with specific case examples.
The paper is available in its entirety at the following location: http://www.clearedgepower.com/didyouknow/whitepapers/
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