FuelCell Energy Announces First Fuel Cell Power Plant Sale by German Subsidiary
07 Aug 2012
FuelCell Energy today announced that German subsidiary FuelCell Energy Solutions GmbH (FCES) has sold its first stationary fuel cell power plant, a sub-megawatt DFC250-EU®, to BAM Deutschland AG for installation at the new Federal Ministry of Education and Research government complex in Berlin. FCES will manufacture and install the power plant, expected to be operational in 2014, and will service and operate it under a ten-year service contract.
BAM Deutschland, a leading construction company in Germany and a subsidiary of the Dutch Royal BAM Group, is developing the headquarters for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research that incorporates leading-edge sustainability and efficiency technology. A variety of innovative energy concepts will be incorporated and a smart grid throughout the 54,000 square meter complex will manage the individual service elements.
The fuel cell power plant will meet approximately 40% of the electrical and 20% of the thermal power needs of the complex. A key benefit of the DFC250-EU being used in this application is the ability to provide both power and usable high quality heat from the same unit of fuel, supporting the economics through lower fuel usage as well as advancing sustainability initiatives. For this application, the heat will be used to generate steam for facility heating in the winter and will support an absorption chiller for cooling in the warmer months.
This contract is a key milestone for FCES since its founding in May of this year. FCES is a joint venture between Fraunhofer IKTS and FuelCell Energy, Inc., and the three entities are working together to develop the European market for stationary fuel cell power plants as well as perform advanced R&D on the Direct FuelCell (DFC) technology to further enhance performance and the cost profile.
DFC power plants are a proven technology providing a stable, highly efficient and ultra clean alternative for stationary power generation applications particularly in the USA and South Korea. FCES, with its German manufacturing base, is the manufacturing, sales, and service platform for the European Served Area for FuelCell Energy, Inc.