Rocket Engine Maker Commissions 400 kW UTC Power Fuel Cell
31 Jan 2013
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR) is a rocket engine maker based in California and a United Technologies Company. On the 9th of January it commissioned a 400 kW PureCell fuel cell from UTC Power at its De Soto Avenue facility in California.
AOL Energy reports that PWR chose the fuel cell over other renewable technologies because it best suits the company's for clean energy on-demand and around the clock. It meets strict air emission requirements and has load-following capability, ramping up or down in response to changes in demand.
The purchase and installation of the fuel cell cost about $3 million. It qualifies for incentives under California's Self Generation Incentive Program and a federal investment tax credit, reducing the cost by up to 60%.
It is fuelled with natural gas and runs in highly efficient CHP (combined heat and power) mode, offering energy savings (particularly in building heating) and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Photo courtesy of UTC Power
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