Solvay’s 1 MW Nedstack Fuel Cell Delivers Impressive Performance During its First Two Months

06 Feb 2012

Solvay’s 1 MW Nedstack Fuel Cell Delivers Impressive Performance During its First Two Months

Nedstack’s 1 MW PEMFC power plant at Solvay’s chlorine plant in Lillo, Belgium, was installed late last summer and became operational in September; after several weeks of testing the system has now been in continuous operation for over two months.

During this tenure the system has had an availability of 99% and has given electrical efficiency of 50%, with by-product heat recuperation included the efficiency rises to 80%.

The system consists of 12,600 individual cells and outputs 1 MW of electricity and a further 1 MW of by-product heat. Hydrogen is a by-product of the chlorine industry and the system is helping Solvay to self-generate 20% of the chlorine plant’s electricity consumption and valorise its waste hydrogen stream.

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