Europe’s first megawatt-capacity industrial fuel cell has been used at a new power plant in Mannheim, Germany.
Jointly installed by E.ON and FuelCell Energy Solutions at FRIATEC, the new plant will deliver heat and electricity said to contain no pollutants.
FRIATEC is a German company that manufactures products made of non-corroding and wear-resistant materials. The plant is expected to provide clean energy for the production processes.
FRIATEC's CEO Klaus Wolf said: “E.ON and FuelCell Energy Solutions are long-term partners of FRIATEC. Sustainability is on top of the agenda of the Aliaxis Group, and the construction of this fuel cell power plant is a great opportunity to make our stance publicly known.
“This environmentally friendly plant was a logical step on our way to continually improve our production processes in the context of our environmental management.”
The plant has the ability to use fuel sources more efficiently and represents a promising alternative to conventional combined heat and power plants. FRIATEC will be able to reduce its CO² emissions by approximately 3,000t annually, which is equivalent to that released by approximately 250,000 family cars per 100km.
FuelCell's energy president and CEO Chip Bottone said: “Together with E.ON, a leading supplier of energy solutions, we are able to implement fuel cell power plants with capacities in the multi-megawatt range.
“This partnership allows us to introduce our fuel cell power plants, which have already proven themselves in many locations around the world, into new markets.”