FuelCell Energy Enters Service Agreement for Fuel Cell Power Plant in Switzerland

22 Jan 2013

FuelCell Energy, Inc. has announced that FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH has entered into a multi-year service agreement for a stationary fuel cell power plant owned by Elektrizitaetswerke Zurich (ewz), an electric utility company in Switzerland.

FuelCell Energy Solutions (FCES) will operate and maintain the power plant in close collaboration with ewz and will supervise the plant from a European-based operations cantre that is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

ewz is among the largest energy utility companies in Switzerland and is a supplier of electricity for the city of Zurich as well as parts of the canton Graubünden since 1892. As a utility, ewz pursues and is actively involved in the development of new technologies for distributed power generation.

"This fuel cell power plant operating since November 2010 is the first carbonate fuel cell installation utilized in Switzerland," said Marcel Frei, Director, Elektrizitaetswerke Zurich. "We are demonstrating our strong motivation to invest in new technologies and in new renewable energy with this fuel cell power plant. We are performing an assessment of this carbonate fuel cell power plant to evaluate the electricity and heat output, the operating costs and the integration with the gas network for the fuel supply."

The project employees of ewz are closely involved in the operation and assessment of the stationary fuel cell power plant to study the almost complete lack of emissions by the fuel cells, the high electrical efficiency, and the operational flexibility of the power plant.

FCES will service the existing plant including the scheduled replacement of the fuel cell stack during the ten year term of the service agreement.

Source: taken from FuelCell Energy press release

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