DANBURY, CT - FuelCell Energy released an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report showing positive operating results for one of the company’s Direct FuelCell (DFC) units. The power plant is installed at the State University of NY, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York. As part of its Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program, the EPA conducted tests on SUNY-ESF’s DFC300 250 kilowatt (kW) stationary fuel cell power plant. Test results showed that the DFC unit operated at 48.4 percent electrical efficiency while maintaining a 99.9 percent power availability rating throughout the seven-day test period. The report also verified that waste heat recovered from the fuel cell system, used to augment building heat for a nearby dormitory complex, produced an average of .304 million Btu per hour (MBtu/h). The report lists the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) efficiency of the system at 65.7%. The EPA’s Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program aims to facilitate the deployment of innovative technologies through performance verification and information dissemination. The goal of the ETV program is to further environmental protection by accelerating the acceptance and use of improved and innovative environmental technologies.
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